798 Art District Main EntranceMy motivation to visit Beijing’s famous places came back when the sun reappeared early this spring. One of my last visit in May brought me to the famous artist corner in North East Beijing (15min taxi ride from Sanyuanqiao), 798 Art District.

I will start with a brief history of this district: It was initially a district dedicated to electronic and metalworking industries. East Germans helped Chinese to build and develop these activities in middle fifties. It is a concrete example of the Communism expansion during these years.

Several years later, beginning of eighties, the industrial activity decreased and the artists decided to move to the old factories. These sites were a good location for the development of Chinese artistic “Avant-garde”. (more…)