798 Art Zone

798 Art Zone

798 Art Zone (798艺; 区) or 798 Art District is recommended for visiting even if you are not an art lover. You probably would not expect that an ordinary neighborhood of the decommissioned military factory can be used as space for art galleries, vintage boutiques, restaurants, and the places for artists to get their inspiration, but such thing happened with 798 Art Zone. It got its name from the factory which was built in the 1950s and covers an area of 0.6 square kilometers. This is a breathtaking artistic community, and you can go there to buy some unusual things, to drink coffee, or just go around, exploring different types of arts, or read slogans from the walls.

At the time when the factory was built there, almost 70 years ago, it wasn’t expected that this area will be used as an art zone, so buildings are scattered in a confusing way. Navigation through the 798 Art Zone without a map can be difficult, and you may find yourself circling around. Which is not that bad, because you will probably come across a photo shooting for commercial or even wedding. A lot of the art installations in the 798 Art Zone are weird, making people not just admire works of art, but also having a fun. Interesting art creations are a perfect stage for great photos, only if you’re imaginative enough.

This place is not reserved just for the Chinese artists, but artists from other countries too. The one who could not resists the temptation to be the part of one of the biggest artistic communities in the World.

Location: 4 Jiuxianqiao Road, Chaoyang
Web address: www.798district.com
Phone number: 59 78 9798
Opening hours: 10:00-17:00
Entrance fee: Free
Transportation: Get off at Sanyuanqiao station on metro line 10 and get taxi, tuk-tuk or bus #401 to the Dashanzi Lukou Nan station
Recommended time for a visit: 2-3 hours