One of my favorite places to roam around and experience true in a very creativity, as well as interesting state has to be Beijing. But you cannot just go anywhere, because art is quite restricted in China. Luckily there is one island that blooms in the artistic minds and hearts of many Chinese, that is the most well known 798 Art Zone, or district as it is called. Everytime I go to Beijing, I make sure to visit and see what new innovations are taking over each new day.
I guess what gives the place very special ground, is the fact that it has become a kind of an oposing symbol or status within the country and it’s hard struct communistic policies. While still keeping control, it is obvious that the art pieces you see there are just screaming to be heard. Because without a doubt, so many Beijingers are equally wanting to come and be free in the way they express theselves. Naturally art is the best medium for this, and one that cannot be extinguished from the city.
This thriving artistic community, which is previously known as the “718 Joint Factory”, also has a very unique artistic style that has to be seen to be witnessed. The military had something else in mind when these structures were originally built, as it was part of the “Socialist Unification Plan” to create factories that would help uplift communism and the social society structure through labour. Still you can see some of the tall pipes that were used for a variety of production lines, some of which have now been taken up for artistic use as ovens for clay works and such.
A little far from downtown Beijing, you need to take a taxi beyond the Fourth Ring Road. In the direction of the airport, all drivers will know they way there and it’s not expensive at all. Don’t miss it!