Beijing is a fast-changing city with a cultural legacy of more than 5,000 years; in fact, it stretches to the earliest days of the history of mankind. The city deftly blends modernization with its historical legacy; this is vividly revealed in museums, galleries, libraries, and in Beijing’s creative culture.
Creativity and Commerce in Beijing
Beijing's emerging creative industry is both enhancing the municipality’s culture and generating wealth. In addition to repositioning Beijing as a city of new ideas and new thinking, it is also developing many new centres of culture to delight residents and visitors to the city.
798 Art Zone
As the development and continuous construction of many buildings and architecture, Beijing has absolutely become a metropolis ranking a leading position among the world. Meanwhile, lots of characteristic area can be found in Beijing, such as Houhai Bar Street , Wangfujing Shopping Street .
Those renowned area in China has played an important role and make Beijing has become a fashionable city.798 art zone is one of the most famous and contemporary area in Beijing which attracts many artist, poet, or painters from home and abroad.
798 art zone is the most important and biggest art area in Beijing. The whole area was transformed from abandoned electronic factory, and 798 refer to the name of the factory (factory always named by number in revolutionary times.) The art area of 798 can trace back to 2003, at first an abandoned factory was rent to a freelance painter by cheap price, and then he opened his own art gallery with a spacious site, it is hot welcomed by many artists and the area has become the largest gathering place for artists.798 art area .798 has become China's indispensable hub of contemporary art and nowadays it is the most interesting art place to visit in Beijing.
When entered the art area, you will discover that 798 still preserved the appearance of old factories, rusty steel construction and historic banner, or abandoned site, whole scenes memorized the past of 798 factory and old city .However, new art gallery, cafes, museums, contemporary exhibition vividly stands in 798 area nowadays, they make the whole area to become the epitome of Beijing city-perfect combination of modernity & tradition.
Address: 4 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District
Located in the Disanji Creative Zone, a modern shopping complex along the North Fourth Ring Road (Bei Sihuan Xilu) in Zhongguancun.
The fifth to eighth floors stock more than 300,000 titles and 50,000 audio-visual products that cater to the diverse tastes of the capital’s readers, young and old. Below the fifth floor are restaurants, teahouses and shops.
What really distinguishes this bookstore from others is its dedication to customer service. Cotton bags and handcarts are available throughout.
Paper and pencils can be found near the bookshelves so people can record their thoughts. For babies or shoppers with a disability, special rooms and wheelchairs are provided.
Tel: +86 10 8262 0177
Address: 66 Bei Sihuan Xilu, Haidian District
Home and workshop to nearly 1,000 artists, including painters, sculptors, performing artists, musicians, composers, writers, photographers and others connected to the fine arts, along with dozens of new galleries.
Once a sleepy backwater, Songzhuang is rapidly becoming a new centre of interest on China’s contemporary art scene.
It is widely considered more “authentic” than some of the other art communities in the capital. You might want to begin your trip with a visit to the Artists Reception Center on Xiaopu Jie at the village square or to the Songzhuang Art Museum off Xiaopu Jie in northern Songzhuang.
Address: Songzhuang Village, Tongzhou District
Bus: 938 (Board under the Dong Sanhuan overpass at Guomao, just east of the Guomao subway station and the China World Trade Center. About one hour one way.)
Formerly a granary serving the imperial family and court officials during the Ming (1368–1644) and Qing (1644–1911) dynasties. Alongside Dongsi Shitiao, just inside the East Second Ring Road, this series of graceful old warehouses, dating to the Yongle period (1403–24), reflects the simple but elegant architectural style of the Ming.
The 600-year-old imperial granary is now a popular restaurant and entertainment venue complete with three art galleries, an audio book shop, a teahouse and several bars and restaurants. Because the old buildings are too precious to be exposed to open flames, its dozen restaurants are housed in newly built pingfang (one-storey traditional buildings). Architects, archaeologists and preservationists were consulted before construction to ensure that the new construction was appropriate for the area.
Address: Dongsishitiao, Dongcheng District
Subway: Line 2 to the Dongsi Shitiao station.
Guanyintang Art Street
Located about 15 kilometres southeast of Central Beijing, the Guanyintang Art Street is home to outlets or branches of some of the most prestigious fine arts galleries in Beijing. It also contains highly regarded foreign galleries from Shanghai, Taiwan, Singapore, Korea, Indonesia and more.
In one huge 30,000-square-metre location, art aficionados and collectors are able to view and purchase modern and contemporary art of almost any description, including the latest in contemporary art from China and around the world, socialist-realist works of Russian and Chinese artists, art from the Chinese revolution, modern art, historic illustrations and sculpture, works on paper and the works of foreign artists, whether masters or newcomers.
Tel: +86 10 6736 6631
Address: Opposite Wangsiying Township Government Offices, Gaobeidian Lu, Wangsiying Township, Chaoyang District
Gaobeidian Folk Culture Industrial Park
The 1,500-metre-long Gaobeidian Classical Furniture Street is located along the Tonghui River. This is an ideal place to find Chinese traditional furniture, mainly of the Song, Ming and Qing dynasty styles.
Address: Gaobeidian, Chaoyang District
How to get there: Subway Batong Line, Gaobeidian Station
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