Code: BJ-T08

Beijing 1-Day Tour: CCTV Tower & 798 Art Zone

CCTV Headquarters
Tour Route: National Centre for the Performing Arts - CCTV Headquarters - 798 Art Zone

This independent Beijing 1-day tour takes you to admire the glamour of modern architectures and art works. The first destination of your journey is the National Centre for the Performing Arts, also known as the National Grand Theatre, located at No. 2 of West Chang' an Street and adjoining the Great Hall of the People on the west. You can take Beijing subway line 1 to Tiananmen West Station, and take Exit C to reach the theatre. Buses 1, 5, 52, and 99 also pass the Tiananmen West Stop, which is in front of the entrance of the theatre. With mirror-like surface and in hemisphere shape, the whole theatre lies in the middle of a lake like a giant pearl floating on water. Shimmering gloss makes the building more futuristic. Especially at night, the theatre reflects itself on the lake surface when lights are on. You are suggested to take pictures of its exterior appearance.

You are also advised to have an independent tour inside. The theatre is grand and sumptuous, including an opera house, a concert hall, and two drama halls, which are linked with each other with air corridors. If interested, you can appreciate the opera, play, ballet or symphony there. The recommended visiting time is about 1-2 hours and please notice the National Theatre is closed every Monday.
Afterwards, continue your Beijing independent 1-day tour to the CCTV Headquarters, which is located at No. 12 of East Guanghua Road. You can take subway line 1 from Tiananmen West to Guomao Station. Take Exit F and walk north for 200 yards, you will see the neoteric CCTV mansion towering in the CBD area. As a fashion skyscraper, the building is characterized by its miraculous design. It is nicknamed by local people as Dakucha, which means big shorts, because of its unique appearance. After about one hour's visiting, you could head for the next destination of this backpacking itinerary, the 798 Art Zone.
798 Art Zone
Get out of the mansion, and walk north along the Middle East Third Ring Road for 600 yards to Hujialou Bei bus stop, where you can take bus No. 402 or 405 to Dashanzi Lukounan. Get off the bus and walk backwards for 70 yards to find the entrance of the art zone on your left side.

Renovated from an old factory, the art zone nowadays has become a popular gathering quarter in Beijing for young artists, painters, designers, writers and craftsmen. The 798 Art Zone is clustered with a great deal of galleries, workshops and studios. The most notable place is the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, where you can witness many fancy and novel art works. Most shops and halls are open to visitors for free, and only a few of them charges a low protection fee; or you can just take a leisure stroll among these lanes, enjoy the statues in the streets and graffiti on the walls. There are also stores selling artworks like colored pottery, paintings, fabric products and sculptures. You need to notice that taking pictures in some shops and exhibition halls are not allowed, so asking for permission first would be better. Please also bear in mind that some exhibition centers will be closed for rest on Monday.

Quaint cafés, tea houses and western restaurants in 798 Art Zone are also worthy your taste, but most of them are in a high price. If you do not want to eat or drink there, you can prepare some bottled water and snack in advance.
When this one-day independent Beijing tour is over, get back to Jiuxianqiao Road and walk southwards to reach West Wanhong Street; head forward for 750 yards to Wangjing Subway Station to take line 14 back to the city center.

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Questions & Answers
Asked by ann from AUSTRALIA | Aug. 14, 2019 18:55Reply
we are staying at shangri la china world hotel what is there to see nearby independantly.
we are already doing the 4 main things with the tour group
Answers (2)
Answered by Candy | Aug. 18, 2019 18:55

As I know, China Beijing World Towers, Temple of the Sun (Ritan Park), Ancient Observatory, Xiushui Market and SOHO New Town are near the Shangri-la China World Hotel.
Answered by ann from AUSTRALIA | Aug. 19, 2019 03:22

Asked by Darren from AUSTRALIA | Mar. 24, 2016 18:34Reply
Travel to the 798 District from South Beijing Train Station
We want to go to the 798 District from the South Beijing Train Station. What is the best way to travel via bus or train?
Answers (1)
Answered by Kong | Mar. 25, 2016 01:08

You can take the subway Line 14 and get off at Jiangtai Statoin (A Exit), where you will find the Bus 401. Take this bus and get off at Taishanzi Lu station. Then you will see the 798 District.
Asked by MG from SWITZERLAND | Apr. 15, 2014 01:37Reply
Which is the closest subway station? How much from that station to the art zone area with a taxi?
Can you please give me the addresses in Chinese for both the ART zone and the metro station? Are there lot of taxis around the art zone?
Thank you so much
Answers (1)
Answered by Chen | Apr. 15, 2014 03:22

The closest subway station is Sanyuanqiao Station. The taxi fare from the station to the art zone area is around CNY30. It is not difficult to get taxi there. Hereunder is the addresses in Chinese for these two places:
798 Art Zone: 北京市朝阳区酒仙桥路4号798艺术区
Subway station: 三元桥地铁站
Asked by Mei | Oct. 22, 2012 07:57Reply
北京中联鑫华酒店前门店 to 798 Art Zone
How to go to 798 Art Zone from 北京中联鑫华酒店前门店?

I would prefer to take MRT / Subway then change to bus or taxi?

Pl advise the route to get to 798 Art Zone reference to my preference.

How long will the journey takes?

How much time do I need to spend at 798 Art Zone?

Answers (1)
Answered by Ann | Oct. 22, 2012 07:27

Hi, from the hotel, you may walk to the Peace Arch station to take the subway line 2 for 7 stops and get off at Dongzhimen station (exit C), then transfer to take bus No.909 or No. 987 or No. 401 or No. 418 to get to the destination. If you take taxi, then the fare is around CNY41. The journey takes about 1 hour and 20 minutes. The art zone is very big and at least 2 to 3 hours will be needed for a brief visit. Anyway, it is up to you.
Asked by Arshia ladak | Jul. 09, 2012 07:28Reply
From renaissance capital hotel. Wining what's the best way to get to 798 art zone
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Answered by Helen | Jul. 09, 2012 07:03

From the Renaissance Beijing Capital Hotel, you may walk to Shuangjing Station and take the subway line 10 to Sanyuanqiao Station(7 stops, Exit C1), then take bus No. 401 and get off at the fifth stop(South Station of Dashanzi Road). Then you may walk to the 798 Art Zone. If you take a taxi, then the fare would be around CNY30.
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