798 Art Zone is located in Dashanzi in the Chaoyang District of Beijing. This area was 718 Joint Factory, that was Beijing North China wireless joint equipment factory. The Joint Factory was designed by a German architectural institution in Dessau in 1952, and started to construct in 1954, in 1964, the supervisor units canceled the organizational system of 718, only six separate factories were established, they are 706,707,718,797,798 and 751. In 2000, these six factories were reorganized and incorporated into Beijing Sevenstar Science and Technology Co.LTD. The Seven Group rented out some empty plants afterwards, attracted by the convenient traffic and unique style of Bauhaus architecture, many art organizations and artists came to rent the vacant plants as their studios, gradually formed a district gathered galleries, art studios, cultural companies, fashion shops etc. Because the earliest area where the art organizations and artists moved in was the former 798 factory, all this area is then named Beijing 798 Art Zone.
798 Art Center is located in the original area of 706 factory, it is the largest sawtooth pattern building in this area, the gray vaulted ceiling with the highest elevation of 8.6m, the old Maoist slogans are still visible on the ceiling arches, that makes this place is inimitable. 798 Art Center not only holds diversified art exhibitions, but also provides space for commercial activities, many international brands like Bens, Dior, Hugo Boss, Nike, Mark Cheung etc. have held promotions or press conferences here, which make their products possess more originality.
Beijing 798 art zone has a total construction area of 230,000 square meters, there are nearly 400 galleries, art studios and cultural companies come from China, France, Italy, Britain, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Japan, Australia, South Korea, China Taiwan and Hong Kong, and other countries. Since 2004, lots of celebrities have been to 798 Art Zone, including Prime Ministers from Sweden, Switzerland and Austria, the ex-prime German minister Schroeder, the president of European Union Barroso, the queen of Belgium, the UNSG Annan's wife, the French ex-president Chirac's wife, the Norway prime minister's wife and Belgium Crown Prince.
By the way, all 400 organizations here open for travelers for free.