Above, a view inside an old processing plant for central heating of the neighborhood. The area was build by the East Germans in the 1950s. The buildings in the area were the dormitories for workers at factories such as the “798” factory for electronic equipment and weapons, a few kilometers north. These days the factory area is turned into the biggest art exhibition area in Beijing called “798 Art District”. The old dormitories, though very much in decay, still have a residential use.
The combination of residential use for people with little or modest means and the East german communist architecture of the 50s creates an atmosphere that is different from other neighborhoods in Beijing.