798 Art District
798 Art or Dashanzi Art District, comprise a complex of 50-year-old decommissioned military factory buildings boasting a unique architectural style, located in Dashanzi, Chaoyang District of Beijing, that houses a thriving artistic community.
Long recognised as the "alternative" to 798's commercial hyper-drive, Caochangdi is peaceful to the point that walking around the area almost feels like a countryside stroll. A ten-minute cycle ride to the northeast of 798, the vibe relaxes noticeably as you cross the Fifth Ring Road.
While 798 and Caochangdi have been established zones for galleries and art professionals for nearly two decades, the inner-Second Ring Road scene has only just gathered steam in the last few years. Just search in advance.