On my third and final day in Beijing, I spent several hours at Art Zone 798 after a lazy morning. Bus 909 took about 50 minutes to get there from the Andingmen metro station.
This is probably my favourite place for contemporary art in the whole world.
Before the art, I had some lunch. The note in Chinese the hotel receptionist helped me with (“I would like some vegetarian stir-fry”) came in really handy. I’m proud to say I only used chopsticks for this.
The 798 Art Zone is so vibrant. It has so much energy. I think there are over one hundred art galleries here, and because there are so many exhibits outside as well, the atmosphere is buzzing.
I liked these.
This was fun.
And this was kind of cute.
I really liked this sculpture.
And this one.
And this painting.
I could go on and on. I visited maybe twenty galleries out of over a hundred. Next time, I’ll schedule more than a day for Art Zone 798.
On the way back to the hotel, I stopped at the Raffles City Mall. Very fancy-looking, but I got nowhere with a SIM card for my iPad. It seems there’s only one provider for pre-paid data (G3) in China, and they charge USD13 for 300MB. Worst deal I’ve come across anywhere in the world so far. So I skipped it. A quick look at H&M at Raffles City on the way out shows that in China, H&M seems to be quite upmarket.
In the evening, I met up with Kevin, Simone and Zazia at a restaurant on Nanluogu Xiang. It’s fabulous to meet such great travel mates on the steppes of Mongolia and then hang out in Beijing!