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Art Hub of Beijing - 798 Art Zone

Hailed as an art hub of Beijing, 798 Art Zone is a dream for the art buffs and tourists alike. With a visit to the creative neighborhood, you will have a chance to soak up the artistically atmospheric area of Beijing.

Brief Introduction of 798 Art Zone

Located in Chaoyang District in Beijing,  the 798 Art Zone covers an area of over 230,000 square meters and is home to thousands of cultural institutions and organizations, such as galleries, design studios, art exhibition spaces, artists' studios, fashion shops, restaurants etc... There are more than 400 organizations which call 798 Art Zone home, like galleries, artists' private studios, cultural companies producing animated cartoons, television media, publishing, design and consultation. These institutions and companies come from all over the world, including China, France, Italy, Britain, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Japan, Australia, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and other countries and regions in the world. 798 Art Zone has become a popular haunt for the artists and tourists alike, and now it has enjoyed a far and wide reputation in the world as a gathering place of art and culture.

Developments of the 798 Art Zone

Over the years, Beijing 798 Art Zone has become home to a large number of celebrated artists and world-wide cultural institutions and fashionable companies. 798 Art Zone has hosted thousands of international art exhibitions, events and fashion shows, which have drawn a bunch of worldwide political leaders, movie stars and social celebrities. The 798 Art Zone has become a must-visit spot for world-wide  figures, including Prime Ministers from Sweden, Switzerland and Austria, ex-prime minister from German (Schroeder), the president of European Union (Barroso), the Queen of Belgium, the former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan's wife, French ex-president Chirac's wife, Norway Prime Minister's wife and Belgium Crown Prince. Moreover thousands of established world-wide companies had done some promotions here including Sony, Motorola, West Wasted, Dior, Omega, BMW and Chinese Yahoo, etc…

Today 798 Art Zone has risen up as one of the most vibrant communities across Beijing. Chaoyang District Government has long been playing an active part in creating and promoting the 798 Art Zone. Nowadays, 798 Art Zone is trying to build its own brand as an artistically active concentration area across Beijing City. 798 Art Zone has played a key role in the development of contemporary art and culturally creative industry in Beijing. All in all, 798 Art Zone is not to be missed by visitors to Beijing.

Top Nightlife Haunt in Beijing - Sanlitun

A visit to Beijing won't be complete without soaking up the vibrant nightlife in Beijing. As dark sets in, the city comes alive with bars, clubs and neon-lights. At the mention of nightlife in Beijing, a night out to Sanlitun is like a dream come true for those looking for cool stuff to do.

Brief Info about Sanlitun
Bars in Sanlitun

Used to be a small village, Sanlitun is a favorite haunt for foreign expats and locals alike these days. Largest entertainment area across Beijing City, Sanlitun is jam-packed with dazzling arrays of bars, clubs and restaurants, etc… Over time, it has been hailed as an icon of nightlife in Beijing, trendy and luxury. The bars at Sanlitun are all exquisitely designed in diverse styles, especially the interior decorations. This is a place where fashion, trend, booze, music, neon are mixed. The visitors usually hang out here to drink, chat or just relax for a while. Some prefer to hang out here in the afternoon, when the street gives a laid-back feel with the sunlight elegantly and lazily dancing here and there, to savor a cup of coffee and tea or just lay back in a chair enjoying the people watch. While others just can't wait another minute to get down here as the night falls and the vibrant nightlife kicks off at Sanlitun.

Highlight Street at Sanlitun
Bars in Sanlitun

Highlight of highlights at Sanlitun, Sanlitun North Street is notoriously famous for its old complex architecture which houses a dazzling array of exotic bars and clubs as well as restaurants. Moreover, the legation quarter is also nestled nearby; therefore, the majority of the foreign expats tend to hang out in here. Iconic bars line up the street, including Poachers, Boys & Girls, Lang Gui Fang, Milan Club, The Tree, Public Space and Vogue, etc… With music ranging from classic to rock & roll kicks off, the street comes alive with customers and cars within just a few minutes. What's more, visitors can also venture deep down and pass through the legation quarter lined with exotic restaurants and boutique shops, where you will get a sense of the culture crash between the east and west.

To sum it up, Sanlitun is absolutely worth a stop-by during your trip to Beijing. A visit to Sanlitun will give you a quick look at the diversity of today's Beijing.

Three Reasons Why You Should Stop by Shichahai

Top tourist destination in Beijing, Shichahai enjoys a long history and a high prestige in Beijing. No trip to Beijing would be complete without a stop by Shichahai! The reasons lie as follows.

Shichahai Has a Long-standing History

Shichahai has a history of hundreds of years, and boasts as the only location in Beijing which has a large body of water. It is a gathering place for a large number of traditional houses and Hutongs. Moreover, there are a few artificial canals flowing through this area, which can date back to the Yuan Dynasty. Back in the Ming and Qing dynasties Shichahai was a favorite haunt very popular with scholars and officials, therefore, there are a large number of poems and articles reserved in the area. Since 1992 the Shichahai has been well protected by the government and gradually become one of the most popular tourist destinations in Beijing.

Shichahai Is Filled with Local Charms

Shichahai has risen up as one of the most famous tourist destinations in Beijing not only for its large body of water but also for its unique neighborhood—a gathering place of typical Beijing Hutong. There are a large number of gardens, Hutongs and Sihe Courtyards as well as temples well reserved in SHichahai Area. More than this, SHichahai also houses a series of featured restaurants and bars. Shichahai offers an insight into the mixed sides of modern and ancient Beijing, with the crash of both the eastern and western cultures. And one of the best ways to explore Shichahai Area is ride a rickshaw throughout the area to do some sightseeing. And passing through countless Beijing Hutongs is a lot of fun and offers you a chance to taste the essence of Beijing. Better yet, go visit a Sihe Courtyard and mingle with the locals or enjoy a homemade meal. In Shichahai, you will always find something interesting to do. It is full of local charms, which enchant every visitor. 

Every year, there are more than 5,000,000 tourists from both home and abroad stopping by Shichahai. It has long been hailed as one of the must-visit destinations in Beijing as well as one of the most beautiful areas worth exploring in China. Shichahai Scenic Area definitely should be put on the top of your travel list in Beijing!

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