798 Art Zone in Beijing is always compared with Greenwich Village and SOHO in New York. Also known as 798 Art District and DAD (Dashanzi Art District), “798” is located in the Dashanzi area, to the northeast of central Beijing. The area occupied by 798 was once the place for Beijing North China wireless joint equipment factory (718 Joint Factory), which was designed and built by the experts of former G.D.R in the 1950s.
From 2001, artists in and around Beijing began to move into 798 factory because they thought the factory had unique advantages for art creators. They made use of the architecture features of Bauhaus (Bauhaus is a German architecture feature formed in the 1920s.) The artists decorated the factory and turned it into a special art exhibition and creative room. Now 798 is now becoming a cultural landmark of Beijing.
798 Space is a new rising, avant-garde and trendy space that hosts high-level cultural, artistic and commercial activities. More than 100 cultural institutions including publishing, architecture design, fashion design, furniture design, music performances, film and art studios are set up here. 798 Art Zone was awarded as one of the 22 best city art centers by Time Magazine in 2003.