Sanlitun & Chaoyang attractions

Top Choice Area in Sanlitun & Chaoyang

798 Art District

Contemporary art meets communist history at this thrilling enclave of international galleries installed within China's model factory complex of the 1950s. Most of Beijing's best galleries are here, staging shows fro…
Top Choice Gallery in Sanlitun & Chaoyang

UCCA

Remodelled in 2019, UCCA remains the finest contemporary-art gallery in 798, and a contender for the best in the country. Many global art superstars have made their China debuts here since it opened in 2007, and the…
Gallery in Sanlitun & Chaoyang

Faurschou Foundation

Although this privately owned Danish gallery is a relative newcomer, it has racked up an enviable showreel of exhibitions and retrospectives since 2011, presenting Chinese artists such as Ai Weiwei and Cai Guo-Qiang…
Gallery in Sanlitun & Chaoyang

798 Art Factory

This cathedral-like Bauhaus space, ceilings emblazoned with red Maoist slogans, is the quintessential 798 photograph whether or not an exhibition is in place. Built in the 1950s and established as a gallery by artis…
Taoist Temple in Sanlitun & Chaoyang

Dongyue Temple

Dedicated to the Eastern Peak (Tài Shān) of China’s five Taoist mountains, this morbid Taoist shrine is an unsettling, albeit entertaining, place of worship. The highlight is the series of comically macabre diorama …
Architecture in Sanlitun & Chaoyang

CCTV Headquarters

Known locally as dà kùchǎ (大裤衩, Big Pants), the 234m-tall CCTV Tower is an architectural fantasy that appears to defy gravity. Designed by Rem Koolhaas and Ole Scheeren, the building has become an icon of the Beijin…
Architecture in Sanlitun & Chaoyang

National Stadium

Known colloquially as the Bird’s Nest (鸟巢, Niǎocháo), the spectacular showpiece of the 2008 Olympics Games was designed by Swiss firm Herzog & de Meuron in consultancy with Beijing artist Ai Weiwei. Most visitor…
Gallery in Sanlitun & Chaoyang

Mansudae Art Studio

An incongruous outpost of the Hermit Kingdom, this gallery exhibits socialist-realist paintings and sculptures depicting soot-faced miners, chiselled soldiers and the lyrical landscapes of North Korea. The works are…
Architecture in Sanlitun & Chaoyang

D-Park Walkway

Keep going past the galleries and cafes to D-Park west of 798 and you’ll intersect with a raised walkway offering remarkable views of industrial chimneys, gargantuan metal edificies and other defunct utilitarian arc…
Park in Sanlitun & Chaoyang

Ritan Park

Landscaped like an ornamental Chinese garden, Ritan Park provides peaceful respite for the embassy district's diplomats and worker bees. The historic highlight is the Altar of the Sun (ritan), an open-air platform w…