Dashanzi Art District and 798 Space

#7 in Best Things To Do in Beijing
Dashanzi Art District and 798 Space
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Key Info

4 Jiuxianqiao Road, Chaoyang District

Price & Hours

Free

Details

Cafes, Shopping, Free, Neighborhood/Area Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
4.2scorecard
  • 5.0Value
  • 4.0Food Scene
  • 4.0Atmosphere

Fact: The arts are booming in Beijing. You only need to tour the Dashanzi Art District to witness this creative surge. The epicenter of this artistic explosion is 798 Space (also known as Factory 798), an old electronics manufacturing site and warehouse. Originally designed by East Germans in the 1950s, the stern architecture beautifully juxtaposes the richly colorful contents of artist's studios. The two-million-square-foot venue boasts galleries, eateries, and bars, making it a one-stop-shop for hip locals and curious tourists. As this space has filled up, artists (and developers) have started up around 798 Space.

Recent visitors say the neighborhood appeals to nearly everyone because of the diverse offerings to be found here. One recent TripAdvisor user recommends, "Be prepared to walk some distances as it is huge. Allow yourself a few hours or at least half a day."

Located in northeast Beijing, the district is accessible via bus; however, most travelers simply cab it. The galleries are generally open from 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. every day, but the restaurants and bars happily serve customers for much longer. For more information, check out 798 Space's website.

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