UNESCO Cities of Design

The history of Beijing, the capital of China, dates back over 3,000 years. With over 300 museums and 47 public museums it became the cultural capital of the country as well. Beijing is also known for the vitality of its design industry. There are 119 design faculties with more than 30,000 students.

Approximately 250,000 people work in the design sector, and it is one of the most important sectors of Beijing. Thanks to hosting Beijing Design Week, the China Red Star Design Award, the Beijing International Film Festival, the Beijing International Cultural & Creative Industry Expo and the Beijing Science and Technology Exposition, the city is internationally renowned.

Beijing has more than 30 Creative Cluster Areas. There are 270 design and creativity workshops for women. The world’s most famous architectural designs such as the National Centre for the Performing Arts, designed by French architect Paul Andreu; the Galaxy SOHO, designed by Zaha Hadid; and Terminal 3 of Beijing Capital Airport, designed by Norman Foster are located in Beijing.