798 Art District
Long-established gallery that shows lots of foreign artists.
China Culture Center
Offers a range of cultural programs, taught in English and aimed squarely at foreign visitors and expats. The club also conducts popular...
Jīnghuá Wǔshù Association
Run from the gym at Pulse Club in the basement of the building next to Kempinski Hotel, classes here are held in English and are given...
798’s first cafe and still a popular hangout for both artists and visitors. It serves Western standards like pasta and pizza, as well as...
Carrefour stocks just about everything you might need, as well as providing ATMs and taking credit cards. Its supermarkets are open...
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798 Art District information
A vast area of disused factories built by the East Germans, 798 Art District, also known as Dàshānzi (大山子), is Běijīng’s main concentration of contemporary art galleries. The industrial complex celebrates its proletarian roots in the communist heyday of the 1950s via the retouched red Maoist slogans decorating gallery walls and statues of burly, lantern-jawed workers dotting the lanes. The giant former factory workshops are ideally suited to multimedia installations and other ambitious projects.
You could easily spend half a day wandering around the complex. There are signboards with English-language maps to guide you around.
Highlights include BTAP , one of 798's original galleries; UCCA , a big-money gallery with exhibition halls, a funky shop and a cinema screening films most days; Pace , a wonderfully large space holding some top-quality exhibitions; Galleria Continua , another giant space, below a towering, hard-to-miss brick chimney.