This district is named after one of the state-owned factories – factory 798 – which, built in the 1950’s, originally produced electronics.
“Bringing together contemporary art, architecture, and culture with a historically interesting location and an urban lifestyle, “798” has evolved into a cultural concept, of interest to experts and normal folk alike, influential on our concepts of both urban culture and living space.” – official website
I’d heard about it plenty since moving to China, but it wasn’t until I finally made the effort to visit that I understood the hype. Wacky statues, intriguing exhibits, weird shops and a real sense of individuality around every corner – this is the part of Beijing that really stands out. It’s like two sides of a coin; one offers modern Chinese art and architecture, whilst the other provides a Western flare with cute cafes and familiar food. Turn that coin into chocolate and you are suddenly in for a delicious day, no matter which side you land on!