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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.

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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.

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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.

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And these.

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Gorgeous.

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This was fun.

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And this was kind of cute.

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I really liked this sculpture.

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And this one.

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And this painting.

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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.

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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!

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