798 Space © Charlie Fong
Beijing's prominent art district is home to 798 Space, an art gallery housed in a former electronics factory that built components for China's first atomic bomb and early satellites. The gallery is large and airy, capable of comfortably holding more than a thousand people, and it provides an unusual and stimulating background for the art on display. Exhibiting the latest in contemporary Chinese art in its lofty viewing rooms, 798 Space is a visual delight to any traveller. Besides regular national and international exhibitions, 798 Space also hosts corporate and commercial events like fashion shows, product launches, conferences, and fairs. Within the gallery there is a film and video viewing area and a tempting gallery bookshop. There is also space for eating, relaxing, and socialising, and a colourful little restaurant called the Old Factory Bar, set in what was once a work space in the original factory, that serves Italian food. The precinct itself is dotted with avant-garde statues, charming coffee shops and noodle bars, and a plethora of other wonderful art galleries to visit. It is a trendy and culturally exciting area of Beijing that is exciting to explore.
Address: 4 Jiuxianqiao Road, Dashanzi Art District, Chaoyang District
Telephone: (0)10 5978 9180
Opening times: Daily 10:30am-7:30pm