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Artists flock to a tiny town an hour outside Beijing in search of lower rent, following the lead of art schools and famous artists pouring more resources into that location

anjiao has a population of 300,000 — a quite small town in Chinese terms — and used to be known as a "sleeper city" used only for commuter lodging. Now, with the establishment of a satellite campus of the Central Academy of Fine Arts and potentially hundreds of artists' studios, including that of the famous Gao brothers, it has quickly become a hub for young artists from Beijing's top art schools.
8 months ago
Lucas Niewenhuis
By Lucas Niewenhuis
Lucas Niewenhuis is an associate editor at SupChina who helps curate daily news and produce the company's newsletter, app, and website content. Previously, Lucas researched China-Africa relations at the Social Science Research Council and interned at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. He has studied Chinese language and culture in Shanghai and Beijing, and is a graduate of the University of Michigan.
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