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798 Space

A surprise find in Beijing is this former communist building, which now showcases the artists and designers of the “New China.”

Browse art, film and books in 798 Space, a former factory compound turned cultural center. It has gained global fame as the focal point for the modern Chinese art scene.

798 Space covers about 10,764 square feet (1,000 square meters) and comprises various exhibition and event spaces, a bookstore and a bar. Housed in a former electronics factory, this curved warehouse is just one of many functional spaces in the area that have been transformed into galleries and studios. This arts district now represents the “New China.”

Architecture buffs will have no trouble identifying the building’s communist-style design. Designed in the 1950s by engineers from East Germany, 798 Space still bears the characteristics that are so typical of utilitarian aesthetics, including open floor plans and right angles. Large Maoist slogans stamped in red remain on the concrete factory walls.

Enjoy some of the constantly changing exhibits, which can include anything from contemporary paintings to large-scale installations with multimedia shows and even exciting dinosaur displays.

After you have taken in the art and architecture, relax with a drink among the industrial machinery in the Old Factory Bar. There are plenty of bars and restaurants in the surrounding neighborhood too. Have something to eat, browse for gifts in souvenir shops and look at the district’s outdoor art, such as sculptures and graffiti.

798 Space is located in the Dashanzi Art District, about 10 miles (16 kilometers) northeast from Tiananmen Square in central Beijing. You can get to 798 Space by bus or taxi. The area around 798 Space is much quieter than Beijing’s city center, so relax and take your time to see it. Be sure to plan your visit on any other day than Monday, when many of the galleries are closed.


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    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Wangjing, this luxury hotel is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from 798 Space and within 6 mi (10 km) of Sanlitun and Yonghe Temple. Lady Street Market and North Star Shopping Mall are also within 6 mi (10 km). Wangjing Station is 21 minutes by foot.

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      2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Middle Chaoyang, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from 798 Space and 3.1 mi (4.9 km) from Lady Street Market. Sanlitun and Yonghe Temple are also within 6 mi (10 km).

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      Jiuxianqiao North Road, Chaoyang, District, 2, Beijing, PEK
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Middle Chaoyang, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from 798 Space and within 6 mi (10 km) of Sanlitun and Lady Street Market. Gui Street and Yashow Market are also within 6 mi (10 km).

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          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Middle Chaoyang, this romantic hotel is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) from 798 Space and within 6 mi (10 km) of Lady Street Market and Gui Street. Wangfujing Street and Sanlitun are also within 9 mi (15 km).

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            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Middle Chaoyang, this apartment building is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from 798 Space and within 6 mi (10 km) of Sanlitun and Lady Street Market. Gui Street and Yashow Market are also within 6 mi (10 km).

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            Hanting Express Inn Jiuxianqiao - Beijing

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              1.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Middle Chaoyang, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from 798 Space and 2.5 mi (4.1 km) from Lady Street Market. Sanlitun and Yashow Market are also within 6 mi (10 km).

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              Home Inn Wangjinghuajiadi

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                2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Wangjing, this hotel is 1.3 mi (2 km) from 798 Space and 2.8 mi (4.6 km) from Lady Street Market. Sanlitun and Beijing National Stadium are also within 6 mi (10 km).

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                Jinjiang Inn Beijing Jiuxianqiao

                Jinjiang Inn Beijing Jiuxianqiao

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                  2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Middle Chaoyang, this hotel is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from 798 Space and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Lady Street Market. Sanlitun and Yashow Market are also within 6 mi (10 km).