If you're into contemporary art like me, then, without a doubt, you will adore 798 Art Zone in Beijing. Located in Dashanzi, Chaoyang District of Beijing, this vast area of decommissioned military industrial factories built by the East Germans houses China's largest collection of contemporary art.
I spent the entire day here with Coco wandering around this area. Make sure to pick-up an English map to guide you during your visit. Since this is a very cosmopolitan part of Beijing, most people speak decent English. There are also maps plastered everywhere. Most galleries and exhibitions do not charge a cover except for a few. Coco and I managed to witness the critically acclaimed "The Los Angeles Project" at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, also located inside the art complex. The exhibition featured established LA-based contemporary artists such as Alex Israel, Kathryn Andrews, Aaron Curry, Matthew Monahan, Ryan Trecartin, Kaari Upson and the one and only Sterling Ruby whose works I absolutely love! We had to pay a minimal fee to see this particular exhibition but it was all worth it. It was surreal to see Sterling Ruby's works up close and personal. Now I know why Raf Simons is obsessed with his obras!
Also, there are several concept stores, local designer boutiques, souvenir shops, fancy cafés and restaurants that you can check out in between galleries. Check out some of my snaps below during my memorable visit!