798

A couple miles from where I live is 798, the art district, located in the bigger Chaoyang district. Outdoor art, free galleries with open doors. Art from all over the world, but also featuring local talent, this is a place to visit. Bookstores and coffee shops. Street vendors. A man selling cheap, but beautiful ceramics from the back of a wagon. Once you're through the main gates, it's walkable and interesting and feels a lot like Soho. I knew immediately that when the weather gets warmer I'll be there all the time, to walk and be inspired. I went with someone who'd been before, which was great, because we avoided most of the tourist traps. There are a great many restaurants and bars, so you'll never go hungry or sober. 

 Glory

Glory

 Abstract triptych that I loved. I'd buy this if I could afford it/had space for it. 

Abstract triptych that I loved. I'd buy this if I could afford it/had space for it. 

I don't fit the lady mold. That's about right. 

Loved these two, especially the one on the right. 

 I was talked into this photo and worried about my posture. Therefore, overcorrected. 

I was talked into this photo and worried about my posture. Therefore, overcorrected. 

 Constant mood. 

Constant mood. 

 I got really close to this one. There's so much space between each stroke, I was fascinated. 

I got really close to this one. There's so much space between each stroke, I was fascinated. 

 I am barely holding myself up against this wall. 

I am barely holding myself up against this wall. 

 A lovely red wall. 

A lovely red wall. 

 A man was selling ceramics from the back of a wagon, two for ten yuan. That's a steal!

A man was selling ceramics from the back of a wagon, two for ten yuan. That's a steal!

 No bargaining in the stores, but at 65 yuan, I was so pleased with this necklace I got it in gold as well. 

No bargaining in the stores, but at 65 yuan, I was so pleased with this necklace I got it in gold as well. 

 He's silly. 

He's silly. 

 If only I could put a desk on the other side of this glass.

If only I could put a desk on the other side of this glass.

 This ring was haggled down from 30 yuan to 15...yessssss

This ring was haggled down from 30 yuan to 15...yessssss

 So often western food is just... not right. This Muffuletta though.. a blessing. 

So often western food is just... not right. This Muffuletta though.. a blessing. 

 Pulled a lady off the street for this one. She was awesome. 

Pulled a lady off the street for this one. She was awesome. 

 A good note to end on. 

A good note to end on.