Artistic Wandering in Beijing’s 798 Art Zone
Artistic Wandering in
Beijing’s 798 Art Zone
The contemporary art scene in China took off at the beginning of the 21st century, led by
the opening of Beijing’s 798 Art District. Housed in old factories, you will look
different and may get inspired by its forward-thinking artistic side.
WHY THIS TOUR?
A country, filled with contradictions and surprises. Where a larger part of China is looking towards the future while others are keen on preserving the traditional means are merged. Both streams in one of the world’s largest countries seem to blend in harmoniously, and a plethora of opportunities await for any kind of traveller. As best described, China is the ultimate “Think Big” country in which population and territory are matched by ancient wonders, scenic beauty and rapid development to provide the perfect destination.
The thriving classical art scene from centuries still plays an immense role in how many look at China. At the strike of the 21st century, a small group of talented artists established something in the heart of the capital that is now seen as the cradle of modern, progressive and experimental art – Beijing’s 798 Art District.
13:30 - 17:00
In the early afternoon, you will take a short drive to the Chaoyang District (around 30 minutes north-east from downtown Beijing), home of the 798 Art District. Number “798” refers to a 50-year old decommissioned military factory building with its unique architectural style is where the artists have set up their galleries and workshops. At the turn of the century, these German-designed buildings became the playing ground for upcoming artists, seeking out a place to create their art, their ideas of architecture, and culture in a historically interesting location.
Up until today, this previous factory plant has become a haven for artists from home and even abroad. Artists gather here to open galleries, art studios and cafes, and hold all kinds of art events, making the area the most resounding name in the artistic circle. It is regularly compared with New York’s Greenwich Village or SOHO. The 798 Art Zone has evolved into a dynamic and fascinating art and cultural precinct that is, without a shred of a doubt, worth a visit.
During your visit, you will see various art galleries with the work of numerous artists is on display, as well make a stop at the Ullens Centre of Contemporary Art (UCCA). If you are a contemporary art fan, 798 Art Factory will not disappoint you. You will return to your hotel before dinner time.