February 20, 2013

Beijing | 798 Art District.

There would only be two reasons why I'd go back to Beijing a third time -- 1) shopping; and 2) visit 798 Art District again.

To say that I adore the place is an understatement. I would love to live there and soak myself (and my days) in art and live among those who breathe it. The entire complex is a beautiful mix of old and new. There's art everywhere. And the next time I visit, I will walk slower, check out every gallery, and take more pictures.

798 Art District is the site of state-owned factories including Factory 798, which originally produced electronics. In 2002, artists and cultural organizations began to divide, rent out, and re-make the factory spaces, gradually developing them into galleries, art centers, artists' studios, design companies, restaurants, and bars. (from www.798district.com)
Bringing together contemporary art, architecture, and culture with a historically interesting location and an urban lifestyle, "798" has evolved into a cultural concept, of interest to experts and normal folk alike, influential on our concepts of both urban culture and living space. (from www.798district.com)
798 stands for much more than a three digit number: in Beijing these numbers symbolize the country's cutting edge art movement led by the Chinese vanguard, unchained artistic personalities with alternative life goals. The largest, most influential art district in China - the 798 - hosts world-class international and Chinese exhibitions in the midst of former weapons factories. (from www.798district.com)

There are a lot of galleries, boutiques, and cafes in the area. And you wouldn't want to miss anything. They open at 10 am and closes at 6pm. The complex is not well-lit at night. So go early. Entrance is FREE!

RECOMMENDED ITINERARY

One day visit:
Capital Museum
National Theatre
City Planning Exhibition Hall
798 Art Zone

HOW TO GO TO 798 ART DISTRICT
By Subway
Take subway line 10 to Sanyuanqiao. Get out to Exit C. Walk about 100 meters and look for Bus 401. Get off at Gashanzi Lukou Nan (Dashanzi Crossing South). 
By Bus
Take bus 401, 402, 405, 445, 909, 946, 955, 973, 988, or 991 to Dashanzi Lukou Nan or Wangyefen Station.
We were on our way to the airport when we dropped by 798, we didn't have enough time to check everything. But here's sharing some photos I took.
























And that's me and my friend Chris, being silly in 798. :)

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BUDGET
(six days in Beijing):
Hotel: Days Inn Tiananmen Square with breakfast
Tour Guide + Transpo + Lunch
Airfare: Cebu Pacific
Pocket Money

more or less $1,200/person

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Our tour guide Jamie Wang speaks english
and is knowledgeable about China's history and tourist spots.
He was very helpful and nice and honest.
If you plan to visit Beijing and would need a guide,
email him at jamiewglory@hotmail.com

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Chinese Visa Application

Tourist/Family Visit Visa Requirements:
  • Valid passport.
  • Completed Application Form.
  • One (1) passport or 2x2 photo glued on the application form. (Do not staple. Stapled photos will not be accepted). Photo must be colored, white background, front view, no hat.
  • U.S. Passport-holders must submit two (2) duly-accomplished application forms & two (2) photos
  • Invitation letter with your host's valid Chinese residence visa and passport information page or Chinese national identity card.
Additional requirements for first time visa applicants
(Philippine residents, 18 years old and above):
  1. Original NBI Clearance valid for travel abroad.
  2. Original Bank Certificate with receipt or updated passbook.
  3. If a company is sponsoring your trip, provide the company's Bank Certificate, letter of sponsorship,and the company's business registration.
  4. If an individual is sponsoring your trip, provide that person's Bank Certificate, letter of sponsorship & invitation, copy of that person's valid residence visa, passport information page or Chinese national identity card.
  5. For employed persons, submit Employment Certificate, company ID, SSS ID and contributions, TIN ID, and latest ITR.
  6. For students, provide school ID.
  7. For business owners, provide business registration of company, TIN ID and latest ITR.
  8. Personal appearance is required for those who are 16-21 years old.
  9. Emergency contact information at the back of your passport must be filled out and photocopied.
  10. Other documents required by visa officers if necessary.
For second-time visa applicants:

Submit filled out application form with 2x2 photo and a valid passport.

Visa Fees:

Philippine Passport
Single Entry: Php1400 | Double Entry: Php2100 | Multiple Entry (6 months): Php2800 |
Multiple Entry (12 months): Php4200

US Passport
Single Entry or Multiple Entry: Php6500

All other foreign passports
Single Entry: Php1700 | Double Entry: Php2550 | Multiple Entry (6 months): Php3400 |
Multiple Entry (12 months): Php5100

Processing Time:
  • Four working days.
  • You can request a one day processing for an additional Php1700 fee.
  • Or a three-day processing for an additional Php1100 fee.
How to Apply:

Bring complete requirements to the Consular Office or you can send a travel agent to act on your behalf.
Your representative must bring an authorization letter and a valid ID.

2nd & 3rd Floor,
The World Center
330 Sen. Gil J. Puyat Avenue,
Makati City

Visa Section:
Fax: 632 8482386
Inquiry: 632 8482395 (Weekdays 08:30-10:30 | 14:00-16:00)
Email: chinavisamanila@yahoo.com

Visa Exemptions:
  • Holders of Diplomatic or Government/Official passports entering/exiting for a period not exceeding 30 days.
  • Passport holders from Singapore, Brunei, and Japan visiting China (sightseeing, business, transit) for up to 15 days.
  • Anyone holding a booked seat at an international airline flying directly to China, transiting less than 24 hours without leaving the airport.
  • Passport holders from the following countries -- transiting through Pudong Airport or Hongqaio airport provided they have booked seats, confirmed flights to their final destination, valid visas to other countries they are visiting, and only stay in Shanghai for 48 hours -- Republic of Korea, United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, France, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxemburg, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Austria, Greece.
  • Passport holders of the following countries joining a tour group to Hainan Province (staying not more than 15 days): Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, the Republic of Korea, Indonesia, Germany, Great Britain, France, Austria, Italy, Russia, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, Netherlands, United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
All information were grabbed from the Chinese Embassy's official WEBSITE. Go visit!

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