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Review of 798 Art Zone

798 Art Zone
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Full-Day Beijing Private Tour: Capital Museum...
Ranked #44 of 1,635 things to do in Beijing
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This bustling area is a hub for contemporary Chinese art with a wide array of different styles. This old factory compound has been perfectly converted to house numerous galleries and bookshops & cafes.
Reviewed November 2, 2012

There are possibly 20 cafes and an equal amount of clothing ad gift shops to any gallery worth visiting. A totally commercialized concept long in the tooth from when it might have actually been interesting. The best gallery was closed for a gift conference, nuff said.

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Reviewed October 30, 2012

I didn't know anything about this while planning my trip to Beijing but it was a great piece in the puzzle of figuring out what this city is about. Evidently the government has now taken it over and commercialised it so it is more about tame exhibitions and shops rather than ground breaking art, but the atmosphere is still very cool with lovely cafes in a walkable area that you can easily spend a few hours in without even realising.

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Reviewed October 29, 2012

Don’t get me wrong. I enjoy 798 Art District, but each time I visit it, I feel like Beijing is trying just a little too hard to infuse the spirit of art into the city by creating a commercialized art zone in the middle of the city. Chaochangdi Artist Village might offer a less commercialized experience instead, and without the crowds.

798 is a plethora of art galleries, cafes & restaurants, street art displays and retail shops, all housed in converted factory buildings. On weekends, caricature artists and buskers are on hand to entertain guests. 798 is great for people of all ages and makes for a quirky photography trip. Wander along the maze of narrow streets and into the various galleries for a peek into China’s art scene.

Fennel restaurant (now renamed Yi House) offers one of the city’s best brunch. It is located within the 798 compound so head here first before embarking on a day of walking around the art district.

Tip: Visit on a bright sunny day. Cloudy days make 798’s industrial facade look extra gloomy.

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Reviewed October 28, 2012

798 used to be cool, and is still worth a visit but has become basically just another tourist attraction. There are now more (over priced) shops then there are galleries and expensive eateries. Still interesting for its history and industrial setting. Easiest to get a taxi to.

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Reviewed October 28, 2012

A lot more commercial than it used to be, 798 still has some interesting galleries mixed in amongst the shops. Try Caoxiangdi (not too far away) for more cutting edge galleries. But 798 is still worth an afternoon stroll. Cafe prices out there are steep.

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