798 / Dashanzi Art District

LUXE City Guides - Beijing - - Nanluogu Xiang / 南鑼鼓巷 -

Gate 4 Ji­ux­i­an­qiao Lu / Chaoyang /大山子藝術區/酒仙橋路4號門 Ger­man-de­signed, Soviet-funded, ex-fac­tory com­pound hot­bed of con­tem­po­rary com­mer­cial art, and a good place to glimpse Bei­jing’s cre­ative youth cul­ture (avoid Mon). Tie in with a visit to Caochangdi (see over) + Green T House Liv­ing (see Rest/glam).

Take a taxi through the main No. 4 gate (marked by a big red 798) and stop at the caged red di­nosaurs, cre­ated by one of the district’s res­i­dent artists, Sui Jian­guo. On your left is Time­zone 8 / 5978 9917 / bar and sushi shack, and across is the ace Ul­lens Cen­ter for Con­tem­po­rary Art (see Art) and at­tached de­sign shop. Exit the gallery left to­wards the main gate, then go right at 798 Middle First St. 50m ahead on the left is Chi­nese stal­wart Long March Space / 5978 9768, fol­lowed by Yin Shu + EA West (see Jew­ellery), af­ter which you’ll meet 797 Rd. Zip left and spy Fei Space (see Adv. Shop.) opp.; un­der­neath is Dul­ton / 5978 4828 / flog­ging retro-mod home furny and decor. Exit left and nip into Chair­man / B01-1 / 5762 3030 / pack­ing Ti­betan rugs, then en­ter Orig­i­nal­ity Plaza through a red brick arch on the left. At the right cnr of the square are NY heavy­weight Pace / 5978 9781 / and Dan­ish Faurschou / 5978 9316, both rep­ping es­tab­lished Chi­nese and int’l artists, then cross for North Korean art at Man­su­dae DPR Gallery / 6736 0289. Sashay out left then right at the next junc­tion. Past the red phone box, an­other right takes you back to 797 Rd. Dive down the next left to 798 Middle Se­cond St. and on the cnr is ACF / 5978 9945 / acf-de­sign.com / for top lo­cal de­signer furny. Now the first right ahead re­veals Ital­ian big­gie Gal­le­ria Con­tinua / 5978 9505 / and Tang Con­tem­po­rary Art / 5978 9610 / both rep­re­sent­ing to­day’s stars. Re­trace to 797 Rd, swing right and right again at the cnr with White Box / 5978 4802. Note Taipei’s Asia Art Cen­ter / 5978 9709 / is on your left; Ma­gi­cian Space / 5840 5117 / on the right, and a heap of China-based gal­leries incl. the stel­lar SZ Art Cen­ter / 5978 9213. Java jolt, Jude? Pop one street over for Flat White cafe.

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