Even though I planned on having a lazy weekend, I got itchy feet and went exploring. After an eternity of 1.5 hrs of a subway ride I arrived at „798 Art District“ in the north east of Beijing. The huge areal is a former industrial site and most of the buildings were built by the former GDR.
Nowadays the area is home to uncountable little art galleries, culture centers of different countries, little stores, coffee shops and restaurants that serve fusion food. It has an alternative and individual touch, but it almost felt a bit too mainstream and commercialized. However, I had a nice stroll through all those little lanes and along the streets. It is a surprisingly nice and unexpected get-away from the hustle and bustle of the city.