According to some of the websites I read, 798 Art Zone is like New York's SOHO. I've never been to New York so I can't really tell their similarities and differences so I'll just leave it there. Comparison aside, I think 798 Art Zone has its distinct feature to offer. Anyway, I don't really mind it being compared to NY because simply looking at art already makes me happy.
I took several photos of various art because wherever you turn, may it be on the main streets of the area up to the small and hidden alleys, art is indeed everywhere!
Galleries and museums are also all over the area so we did some gallery hopping. It's funny how my friends and I were just entering the galleries (because we thought the entrance is free) but we all ended up paying 5 or 10 yuan after every gallery. HAHAHA. Oo nga naman diba? Bakit kasi hindi kami nagbabasa kung free or may bayad? Eh kasi naman hindi malinaw yung signage at hindi namin naiintindihan. Hirap din kasing mag-English mga Chinese eh. Oooops language barrier problems. :-/
Walking around the area was kinda tiring and good thing cafes and hole-in-the-wall stores were also all over place. (A street filled with cafes, restos and hole-in-the-wall stores is another item on my favorite go-to places)
Okay enough of the piggy moments.. back to exploring some installations and sculptures..
But my most favorite part was seeing different murals and graffiti..
Haaay 798! You are an art haven for me! I'm glad I spent a whole day roaming around its streets during my last day in Beijing. :)