798 Art District (Dashanzi Art District)

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Multiple Shops and Galleries, Beijing, China

798 Art District (Dashanzi Art District) Beijing Reviews

Lilmissriot Lilmissr…
3 reviews
Gets boring. May 17, 2011
At first when you arrive you are amazed by the hundreds and hundreds of galleries displaying their art work and the huge sculptures placed all around the area. You can find some great artwork here! Very creative and something for everyone. There is also a few shops here and there with leather goods and diaries, stationary, funny hats, kind of like what you would find in a souvenir shop but without Beijing plastered on every item. There is also a few places to have a coffee or sit down and eat, prices can be a little on the expensive side if you go to the wrong one though so look around before making your final decision. I'm not really a huge art fan so after two or three hours everything just got so monotonous. I wouldn't recommend planning to stay for the whole day because you will never get through all the galleries anyways and two hours is plenty to get through enough artwork to fill up your camera. Speaking of cameras some places won't let you take pictures so make sure to ask or see if they have a sign up or they will try to fine you. There is also some places that charge you to enter. If you see a place with tons of pink stones or bags, don't pay the 20 rmb to get in, its really not worth it.. It was a bunch of pink papers and stones laying on the floor with a pink wall.. I mean maybe I don't understand but...maybe you won't either. :)
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karinyip karinyip
3 reviews
798 Jul 02, 2011
I enjoy the atmosphere more than the art gallery, particularly at twilight outside these little cafes with soothing jazz sounds flooding into the street. The whole place feels like a university campus, if one discounts the too obvious tourists. UCCA shows the occasional "social films" that in China is a rarity and a very mild form of resistance to an otherwise suffocating dictatorship really.
Enigmaa Enigmaa
63 reviews
A gem in Beijing! Jun 08, 2011
The 798 Art District is a true gem of Beijing. This massive ourdoor permanent exhibition is vast in sights, and full or odd shapes, colour and fun.

The place is full of indoor galleries, as well as outdoor sculptures and permanent art in all shapes. The place changes rapidly, and has so far never let me down. Street artists hang about all over, as well as amateur musicians. Just walking around the streets, you'll soon forget you are in a massive metropolis.

Go on a sunny day, and spend a whole day here exploring every corner of this place. You will find funny, crazy, beautiful and remarkable things in every single ally and street of this place.

The place is best reached taking a taxi, and from Sanlitun dont expect to pay more than 30 RMB for the ride.
olgabo olgabo
2 reviews
worth seeing Jul 20, 2011
This art zone is located on former military factory, which was built by soviet union army. All the buildings are rent out to artists. You may find temporary and permanent exhibitons. Some gallaries are very curious. Works there reflect china current affairs, even those that are not covered on the news. When we were there, there were pictures from prisons, somehow they were not censored
Kramerdude Kramerdu…
54 reviews
Contemporary Art in China May 23, 2009
The old grounds of Factory 798 (named for one of the buildings in the cluster of a Chinese - East German manufacturing project) is now a lively, thriving local arts scene with galleries, cafes, and bookshops using the old factory buildings on site. A majority of the work is produced by local artists and this area gives them a place to display their talents.

Wander amidst the shops and galleries, the only expense is if you decide you'd like to purchase some of the artwork if it happens to be for sale. Stop in one of the cafes for a drink and a meal. See some interesting and odd artwork from a decidedly Chinese perspective.

There's more than you can see all in one day, but it was a pleasant way to spend a few hours doing something a bit different in Beijing.
One of the many galleries in the 7…
One of the many galleries in the 7…
A rather odd art project in one of…
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