The Soho Of China (With All Its Problems For Artists)

“Like everything else in Beijing, the 798 district has evolved at warp speed. Just a few years ago it was funky, brave, cutting edge, postindustrial and vaguely dangerous, like the Soho district of New York in the 1960s. It took 30 years for Soho to become dominated by boutiques and chic restaurants. It took only five years for the same phenomenon to happen in Beijing.”