Dashanzi Art District and 798 Space

#7 in Best Things To Do in Beijing
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2 Jiuxianqiao Rd. Chaoyang Qu

Price & Hours



Free, Cafes, Neighborhood/Area, Shopping Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend


  • 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 studios. The 2-million-square-foot venue boasts galleries, eateries and bars, making it a one-stop-shop for hip locals and curious tourists.

Recent visitors said the neighborhood appeals to nearly everyone because of the diverse offerings found here and recommend giving yourself plenty of time to simply wander around. Reviewers said you'll want to take a bevy of pictures thanks to the colorful atmosphere. Many others suggested purchasing souvenirs here as the offerings are quite unique. If you're an art lover, heed the advice of past travelers and plan to make multiple visits.

Located in northeast Beijing, the district is accessible via bus; however, most travelers reported reaching it by cab. The galleries are generally open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day, but the restaurants and bars happily serve customers for much longer. Accessing the site is free, though some galleries do charge. For more information, check out the official website.

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