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The Tongzhou Artists Community

Yang Yingshi


Artist Wang Qiuren (left) chats at his home in Xiaopu Village with some artist friends. Photograph Xu Jingxing.

Drive twenty minutes eastward from downtown Beijing's Jianguomen and you enter another world: the Tongzhou Artists Community is a pastoral 'colony' of art under the roof of a cosmopolis. In the suburban district of Tongzhou, formerly known as Tongxian County, more than 300 artists from throughout China seek to find their true selves and new inspirations. Here, they rent or buy homes and studios in countryside villages or urban apartment buildingsā€¦

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