Good news! it’s a lot easier to get to the 798 Art Space as there’s a new subway line that gets you there. They’re still working on the stop that takes you right to its gate. For now, you need to get off at the Jiangtai stop and walk 15 – 20 minutes north. some may say it’s gotten to commercialized and it has, but it’s still fun to stroll around.
Where do you go to check out new art? Or old art? What kind of art do you like best?
Last week I visited the 798 Art Space in Beijing. I’m proud of myself for getting to this place beyond the subway system using public transportation rather than a taxi. Just take the subway to Dongzhimen and then take bus 418 or 688 (1 yuan) to 798. If you show the fare taker “798,” she’ll make sure you don’t miss the stop.
I visited 798 a couple years ago and I remember it as being less commercial. There were cafés, shops and restaurants, but there seemed to be more art. Also, now there were a few galleries that charged entrance fees. I haven’t seen that anywhere, let alone in a country with so many great free museums, so I passed them by. Still this extensive area with dozens of galleries is a great place to wander.