When you reach the end of Seven Star West Street, make a left and follow Seven Star Road, then make a left on Third Ceramic Street, where you will enter a huge German-style factory building.
There are a few art galleries and even a tailor shop here. The 798 Space, a large empty space the size of about two basketball courts, is at the end of the building. This 1,000-square-meter structure is up to 9 meters high and is used for art gallery and media events.
A few remaining drilling and milling machines remind visitors this space was an operating factory not long ago.
The Dashanzi factory complex began as an extension of the Socialist Unification Plan of the military-industrial cooperation between the Soviet Union and the newly formed People's Republic of China. The factories were to build electronic components. However, the Soviet Union was unwilling to take on the project and suggested China turn to East Germany, which it did in 1951.
The Bauhaus-influenced design from East Germany called for a large indoor space. The ceiling curves upward and falls diagonally, giving it a saw-tooth-like appearance. The large windows on the ceiling allow maximum natural lighting.
The factory complex was finished in 1957 and production began that same year. Production gradually declined beginning in 1980. The factories were mostly vacant by the end of the 1990s, about the same time Chinese artists began looking for a cheap place to work and display their art.
Important note: There is a bathroom at the corner. It is the cleanest bathroom in the area. Consider using it even if it's not a necessity at the moment.