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Introducing the 798 Art District (798 Yi Shu Qu)

Covering an area of 0.6 square kilometer, the 798 Art District or Dashanzi Art District, is located in the northeast corner of Beijing. It is an art zone built based on a factory of 50’s last century, which named 798. Some artists from Beijing began to gather at 798 Factory since 2001, they found this place has unique advantages in the arts based on their unique artists’ vision. They made full use of the original factory, with a little bit decoration and furnishing, which turned it into a display of distinctive art and creativity. During the last decade, 798 Art District has attracted the attention home and abroad, and became a new landmark in Beijing.

History

The 798 Factory complexes began as an extension of the “Socialist Unification Plan” of military-industrial cooperation between the Soviet Union and the newly formed People’s Republic of China. By 1951, 156 “joint factory” projects had been realized under that agreement, part of the Chinese government’s first Five-Year Plan. However the People’s Liberation Army still had a need of modern electronic components, which were produced in only two of the joint factories. The Russians were unwilling to undertake an additional project at that time, and suggested China turn to East Germany from which much of the Soviet Union’s electronics equipment was imported. So at the request of then-Premier Zhou Enlai, scientists and engineers joined the first Chinese trade delegation to East Germany in 1951, visiting a dozen of factories. The project was approved in early 1952 and a Chinese preparatory group was sent to East Berlin to prepare design plans. The area occupied by Beijing 798 Art District was once the place for Beijing North China wireless joint equipment factory (namely, 718 Joint Factory), which was designed and built by the experts of former G.D.R in the 1950s. The Joint Factory was designed to be built in 1952, constructed from 1954 and put into use in 1957.

In April 1964, the supervisor units canceled the organizational system of 718, established 706,707,718,797,798 and 751. The former six factories of 700, 706, 707, 718, 797, and 798 were re-organized and incorporated into Beijing Seven Star Science and Technology Co., LTD in December 2000. In order to co-operate the reforming plan of Dashanzi Area, the Seven Group rented out these plants for short term. Attracted by ordered design, convenient transportation, unique style of Bauhaus architecture and more importantly, low rent, many art organizations and artists came to rent the vacant plants and transformed them. Gradually they formed a district of gathered galleries, art studios, cultural companies, fashion shops etc. Because the earliest area where the art organizations and artists moved in located in the original area of 798 Factory, this place was named as 798 Art District.

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798 Art District Today

Now the 798 Art District has attracted a great deal of attention from the media home and abroad. It also has become the new regional mark of Beijing. Galleries, design studios, art exhibition spaces, artists’ studios, fashionable shops, restaurants, bars are gathering in 798 Art District. Till now, over 400 cultural organizations, coming from France, Italy, Britain, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Japan, Australia, South Korea, Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and other countries and regions, have settled down in the 798 Art District. Nowadays, the 798 Art District frequently holds important international art exhibitions and art activities as well as fashion show. In order to expand the reputation and influence of the art zone and to promote the development of modern art, the zone has been holding the Beijing 798 Art Festival (from the end of April to the end of May) every year since 2006. Another festival held in the 798 Art District is the Beijing 798 Creative Art Festival (from the end of September to the end of October). The two festivals focus on exhibition and communication of culture and art. Many worldwide political figures, movie stars, and social celebrities have visited the 798 Art District. Since 2004, Prime Ministers from Sweden, Switzerland, and Austria, ex-Prime Minister from German (Schroeder), the President of European Union (Barroso), the Princess of Belgium’s Prime Minister, President of the IOC Rogge, and the Belgium Crown Prince all left their footprints in the 798 Art District.

Opening Hours

10:00 –19:00

Price

Entrance Fee: Free

Address

798 Art District, No.4 Jiuxianqiao Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing

(北京市朝阳区酒仙桥路4号798艺术区)

Getting There

Taxi:

请带我到798艺术区西门

(Please take me to the West Gate of the798 Art District, main entrance)

Travel Tips

Some galleries are closed on Mondays

Last Updated

2018-05-03 23:25:04

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