798艺术区 (798 Yìshùqū), the 798 art district, is a modern art park in northeastern Beĭjīng, a main tourist attraction, and known as the epicenter of edgy Chinese modern art.
The area was once a big electronics manufacturing facility (Factory #798, incidentally), but was taken over in the 1990s by avant-garde artists who were looking for a new creative space to work in. Fashionable artists settled in, and the place became popular.
Some artistic highlights have included dinosaurs in cages, huge red plastic statues of naked people, a performance artist cementing himself into a wooden box for 24 hours – and the list goes on.
The area is the focal point for many events as well, including the Beijing Queer Film Festival and Beijing Design Week.
Some say 798 has already lost its edge and that the real convention breakers have moved on to Căochángdì and Yànjiāo, further east.
Get ready to get weir… artsy. Visitbeijing. com