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Exploring Beijing's Art Scene

Beijing's vibrant arts scene has gone from underground to big-time as the city rushes to transform itself. In the last dozen years, Beijing has stretched its borders; what used to be the periphery is now prime real estate, and some of the most interesting galleries and studios have had to migrate outside the city proper. Just inside the Fifth Ring Road, the tourist-friendly "art district" Dashanzi is still the best place to see what Beijing artists are doing today.

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Destinations: Beijing · Xicheng · Chaoyang

Inspired by: The Beijing Art Scene — by Nell Freudenberger, Published Mar. 2006

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    Bamboo Garden Hotel

    The charming hotel is located in a small hutong near the Jiugulou subway stop.

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    Grand Hyatt, Beijing

    This enormous, curved glass tower just a stone’s throw from the shops of Wangfujing has a lot going for it: super-solicitous service; excellent in-

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    Arts Coffee Haven

    This small shop was originally intended to sell handmade crafts, but the owner found so many people stopping in looking for coffee that he decided

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    Qu Nar

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    Bed Tapas & Bar

    Designed by a New Yorker, this edgy lounge and restaurant is definitely not for the whole family. Bold canvases, antique opium beds, and polished c

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