If you’ve been keeping up with my blog insta then you have probably seen loads of pictures from a place called 798 art district. 798 is an area of decommissioned military factories that has now been transformed into an amazing artistic hub. And it is probably one of the coolest places I’ve been. EVER.
Before I came to China, I had heard that the art scene was thriving, but I don’t think I fully took in how much. I guess in a country of 1.5 billion people, there are going to be a lot of amazing artists!
I think one of the things that makes 798 so cool is the fact it has held onto its identity as a very industrial area. Many of the original factories still stand very similar to how they once were in appearance, and have just been redesigned to make the most of the interior space. As you can see in the picture above, there are vast areas of original chimneys and processing equipment still left in place for you to explore. Side by side with these unique features are loads of shops selling cool individual pieces of design; and art galleries showcasing the work of local and international artists.
As well as this, the streets are also packed with cool street art and sculptures. The streets are lined with individual, little cafes and restaurants selling fancy coffee and delicious looking food.
The total area is huge so I didn’t get chance to explore everything. This is an area that I absolutely cannot wait to get back to because it was amazing. I could so easily spend loads of money here and fill my room with amazing art pieces.