798 art zone in Beijing

The first artist set up Dashanzhi Art District, a newly vacated 798 factory in year 2000, soon it was followed by a number of Beijing’s best artist. The large spaces, affordable rents and ample natural light pouring through the huge ceiling windows. It has become a world-famous center of contemporary chinese art.

The East German built industrial complex was built in 1953. The 640,000-square-meter was rumored to be a secret weapon factory. In the 60s was split into more manageable sub-factories. Business however starts to decline in 1980s. Hence business started pulling out to the late 90s. Ended up many huge empty edifices.

In recent years, 798 art district has come under threat as developers Seven Stars group realize the area’s potential value. The lobbyist persuaded the Beijing government to make 798 a cultural showcase till the 2008 Olympics. Sadly with rising rental bills, ample artists have been forced to move further out of town. Many worry that the utopian ideal of an artists’ village may be coming to an end.

Strolling in the premise relax for my mind, peaceful and serenity i remember, the sight of early sunlight punch through the row of skinny trees.

Sun flair

There’s endless choice of pictures opportunity in 798 art district. Sharing some travel photos taken.

Graffti on the vacant factory.

Art display of singing dragons (my own interpretation)

Retired black 0751 locomotive at 751 train station exhibit in Beijing 798 art zone.

Art display – I interpret it as Marching Forward. The big leader took the lead for a new change, while the people behind follow to support.

One of my favorite picture. Showing the scale between human and industrial.

If you only have limited time, but passion for art. 798 art district is surely a travel destination must not be miss out in Beijing.

How to get there?
No.4 Jiuxianqiao Road
Chaoyang, Beijing, China, 100015
Fastest way is by taxi


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