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798 Space

798 Space © Charlie Fong
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, providing an unusual and stimulating background for the modern art on display. Exhibiting the latest in contemporary Chinese art in its lofty viewing rooms, 798 Space is a visual delight for 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, in a colourful little restaurant within the gallery.

The art precinct itself is dotted with avant-garde statues, charming coffee shops and noodle bars, and a plethora of other wonderful art galleries to visit. Art lovers will need at least a day to explore the trendy neighbourhood.

Address: 2 Jiuxianqiao Road, Dashanzi Art District, Chaoyang District

E-mail: art@798district.com

Website: www.798district.com

Telephone: +86 10 5978 9798

Opening times: Open daily from about 10.30am until about 7.30pm.

Admission: Free