After a filling dim sum lunch, we tried to take an Uber out to the 798 art district, only to be thwarted by the language barrier. Thankfully we were at a hotel so we asked one of the staff to hail us a taxi and explain where we wanted to go. Everything went smoothly and the driver dropped us off in front of the west entrance just outside of the gated area.
Much of the 798 district was under construction but we still enjoyed exploring the shops and, of course, posing with the large outdoor sculptures!
It was very cold and the sunsets early in winter, so we only spent about two hours walking around. I imagine this area would be much more lively in warmer weather. There were lots of cafes and restaurants along with independent art galleries over a several block rectangle. Currently, the closest subway stop is a twenty minute walk away but hopefully that will change as the 798 art district gains in popularity. Definitely recommended if you find yourself in Beijing.