A buzzing hive of artistic activity in Beijing, China, the 798 Arts District emerged in the new millennium as home to some of the city's most vibrant art galleries, cafes and nightspots. 798 Beijing has quickly become an important part of the international art community as well, drawing comparisons to New York's Soho neighbourhood.
Those looking for the next big thing in the 798 District can visit the area with a stay at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Beijing. This Beijing hotel places guests near to the cultural hubs of the city, plus accommodates visitors to some of the highest levels in the city.
Visit Beijing's new artistic community in the 798 District
As China's stature in the international community has grown, so have the interests of its people. As more individuals in Beijing became involved in the arts, the 798 Art Zone emerged as a central point of cultural exchange.
The galleries, cafes and art spaces of the 798 District are all housed in factories built during the beginnings of the country's people's government known as the Dashanzhi complex. The first arts facilities began moving into the area in the 1990s, though the new millennium has brought a burst of new life to the area.
In 2002, two area artists founded the actual 798 Space, giving the new district its name. The Deshanzhi International Art Festival debuted in 2004.
Today, the 798 District consists of spaces of all kinds, plus artists from a number of disciplines, including painters, sculptors, publishers and more.
Get a feel for Chinese culture from a Beijing hotel
Choose the Radisson Blu Hotel, Beijing when staying in the area for easy access to all the region's greatest cultural attractions. Convenient public transit and motorway links put 798 Beijing and the bustle of Wangfujing Street within easy distance.