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Beyond 798: Must-Visit Art Galleries Off the Beaten Track

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If you’re tired of Beijing’s popular and tourist-driven 798 art district, there is always Chaocangdi. But if you want to go beyond that, Beijing has much more to offer in terms of art. Here is a round-up of some of Beijing’s off the beaten track art: from museums, to art zones, to artists’ villages where Beijing’s art scene is, as of yet, quite unexplored.

1) Red Brick Contemporary Art MuseumView In Map
The Red Brick Museum of Contemporary Art was designed by famous architect Dong Yugan, and is a folk-based, non-profit art museum focused on the collection, research and exhibition of contemporary world and Chinese art. With two exhibition halls, and plenty of other space for film and performing arts events, the entirety of this art museum is surrounded by a peaceful and beautiful Chinese garden.

The Red Brick Contemporary Art Museum
Add: Hegezhuang Village, Cuigezhuang Township, Chaoyang district, Beijing
Tel: 134 2645 1523
Opening Hours: 10:00-17:30, Tue–Sun

Photo: visitbeijing

2) Central Academy of Fine Arts MuseumView In Map
This museum is one of the leading Fine Arts museums in China, and has numerous current and upcoming art exhibitions. The museum houses a range of experimental and modern art, of international origins as well as some gems from local Chinese artists. For more information and a line-up of the current exhibitions, check the museum’s website.

Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum
Add: 8 Huajiadi Nanjie, Chaoyang District, Beijing
Tel:  106 477 1575
Opening Hours: 09:00-17:30, Tue-Sun

3) National Defence Art Zone View In Map
Located in the eastern suburbs of Tongzhou in Beijing, the National Defence Art Zone is in the heart of Songzhuang’s thriving art community, which currently houses 2,000 artists. The area is surrounded by park, and displays different art exhibitions, galleries, and local artists’ workshops.

National Defence Art Zone
Add: National Defence Art Zone, Songzhuang Town, Tongzhou District, Beijing
Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00, Daily

4) Fanhall Centre for Arts View In Map
Also located in Songzhuang, Fanhall Centre for Arts is a new and alternative cinema located in Songzhuang village, to the east of Beijing. The films on show here are mainly independent films. Many, but not all, of these films are in Chinese. The cinema also has a coffee shop attached to it.

Fanhall Centre for Arts
Add: Xiaobao Art Zone, Songzhuang, Tongzhou District, Beijing
Tel: 6959 8179
Opening Hours: Depends on film schedule; coffee shop 09:00-23:00, Daily

5) Feijiacun Artist Village View In Map
Feijiacun is an arts village north of Beijing that became more and more popular as rents rose in the original 798 Art district, and even Caochangdi. However, Feijiacun is much less commercial than the above-mentioned areas and has no cafes or restaurants around. Other than that, the building is occupied by independent artists attracted by cheap prices and the abundance of materials and resources from surrounding scrap metals. 

Feijiacun Artist Village
Add: Feijiacun, Laiguangying Donglu, Chaoyang District, Beijing
Opening Hours: 10:00-16:00, Daily

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