Two months ago we had a pleasure to visit "798 Art District" in Beijing. Already in picturesque "Le Pont Des Arts" gallery (located on Suzhou water canal banks) we've heard about the Shanghai's "798"-version, called "Moganshan Road, 50" (M50).
Two months ago we had a pleasure to visit “798 Art District” in Beijing. Already in picturesque “Le Pont Des Arts” gallery (located on Suzhou water canal banks) we’ve heard about the Shanghai’s “798”-version, called “Moganshan Road, 50” (M50).
We’ve visited this place during our first days, staying in Shanghai. From the first glance, things look similar: a well-forgotten district of doomed factories, narrow-passed labyrinths, construction views nearby, art cafes and exhibitions.
The commercial spirit can be certainly felt here: unlike in Beijing, lots of art-galleries work as and art-cliche-selling shops. Also, it was an off-season and one of the most impressive halls was closed.
Nevertheless, it definitely worth to visit the place (no entrance fee, by the way), but please reserve enough time to find the artists that you’ll really like. You’ll find their workshops in the dark corners, you maybe will have a chance to talk to them (especially if you speak some Mandarin :) and it’s a good place to get updated about the music life in the city (here I am talk about the non-R&B-related events :).