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.

TRAIL ITINERARY

Artistic Wandering in Beijing’s 798 Art Zone

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.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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INCLUSIONS

  • A half day tour with a professional English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request and may be subject to supplementary charges
  • Transportation by car / mini-van / coach with professional driver (no guide)
  • All applicable taxes and service charges
  • All entrance and donation fees for visits as mentioned in the description.

EXCLUSIONS

  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
  • Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
  • Single supplement charges for single travelers, where applicable
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Supplements for transfers for customers arriving or departing from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included: this includes mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)

GOOD TO KNOW

  • This tour is operated on full private basis with English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request / subject to availability and supplementary charges may apply
  • Return transfers for this excursion apply only / are inclusive for customers staying in and inside downtown Beijing. Transfers outside these areas, including any accommodation outside the Central Business District and both Beijing’s International Airports are excluded. Supplements apply for customers who want to join this excursion outside one of these regions.
  • Customers are advised that during the Lunar Festival celebrations (celebration of Chinese New Year), excursions and tours may be subject to supplementary charges and/or may see longer waiting times than normal.
  • We regret to inform you that most of the museums in China are closed all day on Mondays; wherever possible, we will try to offer alternative visits for touring options on this day.
  • We always will make efforts to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour.
  • Please note pickup and drop-off services may not be confirmed for customers staying at private residences, apartment complexes, or other non-registered tourism accommodations. Customers may be asked to meet at a nearby hotel for pick-up and drop off.
  • Certain sights in this excursion may not be photographed for specific reasons. We kindly ask for your understanding by following local regulations.
  • We regret to inform you that this excursion is not suitable for wheelchair users.
  • There will be ample time for customers to spend time on their own to admire the sites at their own pace or browse along the shops for souvenirs. When additional time needs to be allocated for more time at leisure or shopping, this can be discussed with the guide on spot.
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package. Any changes in accommodation outside 24 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 24 hours may be on request.
  • In the event of no-show or change of accommodation without prior consent and confirmation from us within 24 hours may result in the applicable cancellation charges as outlined in the terms and conditions.
  • This tour is only operated in the afternoon.

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