Beijing’s Grass Frontier
Exploring Beijing’s rising arts hub.
Caochangdi—which means “grasslands” — is a fertile breeding ground for modern artists. Compared with the more commercialized 798 Art Zone, the neighborhood is an epicenter of creativity, having attracted key galleries and studios with its low rents and “purer” artistic atmosphere.
It is essentially an unassuming village, inhabited by illustrious artists and rural migrants, the latter more concerned with making ends meet than deconstructing Dadaism. Its dichotomous setting is what lends the district its edge and distinct character.