Unlike the Songzhuang artists (in Tongxian), who are famous for their contemporary and radical artworks, most artists living in Shangyuan are mainstream artists who are either professional painters or former art professors of well-known art colleges. This means many of them are economically better off than their counterparts in Songzhuang who can afford to live in fancier houses with large gardens. Because many of the Shangyuan artists are established artists, they also tend to be older than those in Songzhuang, with many well in their fifties and even sixties.
The village is not public space for everyday visitors. CCC arranges appointments with a handful of famous artists who will allow you into their farmer's home style studios (nice villas and gardens even with peacocks) and discuss modern Chinese art with you.
The artists CCC selected engage in a variety of art forms, from modern oil painting, sculpture (wood, clay and bronze) to other modern styles.
It will be 40-50 minutes' drive from Beijing. Meet at the China Culture Center to board the bus.
RMB 430/Door Price
RMB 380/Discounted Prepaid Price
It includes English-speaking tour guide, transportation,and lunch.
Payment Methods: Please click the link here for all six payment options. Since the day tours and classes involve relatively small amount of money, we recommend you to ask your Chinese friends or colleagues to help you transfer the money by WeChat Wallet or Ali Pay, the easiest and fastest ways to make payments in China.
Note: Prepayment shall be made at least one working day before 5pm Beijing time prior to the tour/class time (before Friday 5pm if the tour/class is on Sunday), so CCC staffs are able to check and confirm. If you use international credit card wire the fee (which may take some time), please send us a photocopy of your receipt (a picture by your cellphone) to prove.
Cancellation policy: If you have to cancel after you made prepayment, please let us know (by phone call) 48 hours in advance. 50% of tour/event fee will be charged for cancellation if you do it within 48 hours, 100% of tour/event fee will be charged if you cancel within 24 hours’ notice.
Other contemporary Artists Villages Tours CCC arranges include:
Caochangdi Contemporary Artists Home/Studios Visit
Located outside the East 5th Ring Road of Beijing, 20 minutes drive from CCC. More established contemporary artists with nice houses/studios settle down here)
Note: all the three artist villages are not completely open to public, although some young artists are willing to receive strangers. CCC has partnerships with the prestigious artists and is able to bring visitors to their homes/studios.
Songzhuang Contemporary Artists Village Tour
Located in the rural area east of Beijing, about one hour's drive from downtown Beijing. Younger contemporary Artists' homes and studios Visits, some are well-kown and rich and some are still unkown and manage to survive.
Shangyuan Established Artists Village Tour
Located near the mountain area north of Beijing, about one hour's drive. More academic older contemporary artists, art professors and teachers from China's Art Academies or Collages live in these area. Many have their own beautiful houses/studios and nice gardens.
Qiao Zi Contemporary Artists Community Home Studios Visit
Located in Huairou, suburb of Beijing, over one hour's drive from CCC. Many privately built huge modern studios and home buildings. The artists are quite well-established.
Feijiacun Artist Community Home Studios Visit
Another artist community in the near suburb of Beijing, who seeks a quieter and affordable area for their homes and studios.
Beijing's Contemporary Artist Village Background
In 1995, when the Yuanmingyuan (Old Summer Palace) artist community was dismantled, a handful of the original artists moved to Songzhuang Village in Tongzhou County in pursuit of bigger studio space, cheaper rent cost and a quieter environment to continue their creative works. Over the next five years, drawn by the village’s idyllic charm and beautiful scenery, more artists decided to move into the area, thus confirming Songzhuang’s position as the largest artist community in China. Today, Songzhuang is home to roughly 2,000 artists, including painters, sculptors, poets, writers, art critics, and photographers. They are scattered in several villages of Songzhuang, such as Xiaopu Village, Renzhuang Village, etc.
The artists are relatively young and famous for their contemporary and radical artworks. Most of them are freelancers and their artworks are shown in 798 galleries and galleries and museums in Europe and US.