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“Very cult and artistic” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of 798 Art Zone

798 Art Zone
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Ranked #22 of 1,603 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.
Sao Paulo, SP
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Very cult and artistic”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2013

Very worthy to go visiting this place, where there is some Bauhaus architectures, nice and cozy cafes, different people and so many different arts!
It's a bit far but worthy...

Visited June 2013
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2013

We weren't all that sure if we should go here, but we are very glad we did. Upon entering the area you feel like you leave some of the noise and spectacle of Beijing behind and enter a place of tranquility. If you are bit tired of the hordes, come here, walk around and visit galleries and shops in your own pace. The prices are a bit higher here, but not excessively so. We visited a few galleries, there are lots to choose from, and just wandered around looking at items, statues and the people. Can't recall the exact name, but we also visited a coffee shop, "coffee art" or something to that effect. They made incredible patterns in the coffee served, a teddy bear and a quite detailed peacock in ours. Western prices, but so worth it :)
It's free to enter, although each gallery may take admission fees.

Visited August 2013
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Atlanta, GA
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“Cool area with great galleries!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2013

The 798 Art District was such a fun way to see the local art culture in Beijing. It has a "hipster" vibe with a lot of mediums represented. Each gallery is a little different than the rest, so if you see something you love you might only see it once! I don't know that I would categorize the area as "shopping" unless you're shopping for art or other unique items, but great area and a fabulous day!

Visited August 2013
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“massive art district well worth a visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2013

The 798 art district is a huge complex of old factory buildings that have been converted into a mix of art galleries, café-bars, shops and restaurants, punctuated by large outdoor instalments, occasional graffiti ridden walls, street artists who will do your portrait and the occasional busker. It is a really fun place to visit and explore because you never know what is around the next corner, and it is such a contrast to the history laden sites that populate most Beijing visitors’ itineraries. Even if you come here often everything is moved around on a regular basis and the major galleries (like the PACE and UCCA) renew their exhibits about once per 3 weeks, so it is always worth another visit. Since we moved to Beijing a couple of years ago we have visited the 798 on a regular basis about once per fortnight, in all seasons, and there is always something new to see there. It is sufficiently crowded to feel like the place is alive and happening (unlike the M50 art district in Shanghai), and there are loads of café’s where you can sit out, drink a coffee, a wine or a beer and watch the large mix of trendy beijingers, out of towners and tourists passing by. It is really popular in spring and summer with to-be-married couples getting their avant-garde wedding photos done, which is always a good laugh to watch. Although lots of people visit it, the site is large enough and not so crowded that it is certainly possible to locate a quiet corner where you can just while away an hour or two reading a book or the newspaper. The galleries have a mix of contemporary exhibits and more traditional stuff. The larger galleries often have items by world famous Chinese and international artists (eg Ai Wei Wei and Damien Hurst have both had items on display here in the past year). There are several shops selling books, CDs, art and ceramics, and on the streets there are also a few small stalls selling the usual touristy stuff. Much of the material on display by contemporary Chinese artists deals with the issues of China’s changing culture over the past 30 years. Some of it is politically motivated. Much of it isn’t. There is enough variety to please a whole range of tastes – both artistic and culinary. It is located off the airport expressway in northeast Beijing. There is no handy subway station close to the site and hence it is best to go there by taxi. From the middle of the city a taxi will cost about 40-50 RMB. The site is really large and to fully appreciate it, it is necessary to spend a whole day there. If you only budget half a day you will leave feeling that you should have spent longer. Some of the restaurants and bars stay open long into the evening so you can stay late and dine here, which is great on summer evenings after the heat of the day has subsided. Most of the galleries close around 6ish. Prices for everything (food, art, ceramics and drinks) range from cheap to very expensive. Although I have given it 5 stars I do have 2 small gripes. The first is the toilets are appalling. At some point in a long day you are going to need to go, and I didn’t find one yet that isn’t horrible. Take some paper tissue – there is none there. Second the main entrance is populated by a gang of pushy taxi touts that hassle you as you leave. Not all of these are legitimate taxi’s, and I suspect lots of tourists coming here get a bitter end to a wonderful day as they are ripped off on the journey home. Remember legitimate Beijing taxi number plates all start with ’B’, and they have a blue sticker in the back window. However, even legitimate taxis will sometimes try to get naïve visitors to go ‘off-meter’ for a ridiculous fare. My advice is just to walk past these guys, cross the nearby foot bridge and flag down a legitimate taxi on the other side of the road where they won’t hassle you. I have never waited more than 5 minutes on this less busy side of the dual carriageway, even relatively late at night (11pm), and have never ever been asked by a legitimate taxi who stopped for me there to go without using the meter.

Visited August 2013
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“Fun outing”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2013

My wife and I enjoyed walking around 798 one afternoon while in Beijing. There were several art galleries, boutiques, and restaurants. The area still has the feeling of the industrial area it used to be. There's not really an atmosphere of "comfortable" or "convenient" here.

Visited July 2013
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