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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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Qiuguo Hotel Beijing 798 ART District
Qiuguo Hotel Beijing 798 ART District

Qiuguo Hotel Beijing 798 ART District

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

    Located in 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 National Agricultural Exhibition Center are also within 6 mi (10 km).

    Gracie Art Hotel 798 ¥9,693
    Gracie Art Hotel 798

    Gracie Art Hotel 798

    No.1,706 Back St., 798 Art Dist, No.2, Jiu Xian Qiao Rd, Chao Yang Dist, Beijing, Beijing
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Chaoyang, this romantic hotel is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) from 798 Space and within 6 mi (10 km) of Sanlitun and Lady Street Market. Gui Street and National Agricultural Exhibition Center are also within 6 mi (10 km).

      NUO Hotel Beijing ¥15,046
      NUO Hotel Beijing

      NUO Hotel Beijing

      2A Jiangtai Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, Beijing
         
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Chaoyang, this luxury hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of 798 Space, Lady Street Market, and National Agricultural Exhibition Center. Sanlitun and CCTV Headquarters are also within 6 mi (10 km).

        EAST Beijing ¥11,285
        EAST Beijing

        EAST Beijing

        No. 22 Jiuxianqiao Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, Beijing
           
          4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Chaoyang, this luxury hotel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from 798 Space and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Lady Street Market. Sanlitun and Beijing International Convention Center are also within 6 mi (10 km).

          Cactus space - CBD MUJI themed Apartment
          Cactus space - CBD MUJI themed Apartment

          Cactus space - CBD MUJI themed Apartment

          Block 11 Workers' Stadium East Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, Beijing
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Chaoyang, this apartment building is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from 798 Space and within 6 mi (10 km) of Sanlitun and Lady Street Market. Gui Street and National Agricultural Exhibition Center are also within 6 mi (10 km).

            Crowne Plaza Beijing Lido ¥9,003
            Crowne Plaza Beijing Lido

            Crowne Plaza Beijing Lido

            Building A, No. 6 Jiangtai Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, Beijing
               
              4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Wangjing, this luxury hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of 798 Space, Lady Street Market, and National Agricultural Exhibition Center. Sanlitun and Nali Patio are also within 6 mi (10 km).

              Hyatt Regency Beijing Wangjing
              Hyatt Regency Beijing Wangjing

              Hyatt Regency Beijing Wangjing

              8 Guangshun South Street, Lei Shing Hong Center, Beijing, Beijing
                 
                5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Wangjing, this luxury hotel is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from 798 Space and within 6 mi (10 km) of Lady Street Market and National Agricultural Exhibition Center. Sanlitun and Beijing International Convention Center are also within 9 mi (15 km). Wangjing Station is 24 minutes by foot.

                Holiday Inn Beijing Focus Square ¥8,150
                Holiday Inn Beijing Focus Square

                Holiday Inn Beijing Focus Square

                3rd Building Number 6 Futong D, Beijing, Beijing
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Wangjing, this hotel is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from 798 Space and within 6 mi (10 km) of Sanlitun and Ditan Park. Beijing National Stadium and Lady Street Market are also within 6 mi (10 km). Wangjing Station is 23 minutes by foot.