Discover Tianjin

About Tianjin


Tianjin city is located in the North China Plain and is home to an estimated 12.5 million people. As early as the 12th century, Tianjin served as a storage, sale and distribution centre for agricultural products from the south. It became a centre of urban modernisation and internationalisation in the early years of the 20th century.

As one of China’s biggest industrial centres, Tianjin has built up an all-round industrial system with machinery, electronics, textiles, chemicals, metallurgy, etc. as its mainstays. It is also a key hub for land and sea communications, serving as the most convenient sea outlet for Beijing and north and north-west China. The large-scale production of arts and crafts such as handmade carpets and Zhang’s painted clay figurines holds an important position in China. Efforts are being made to develop Tianjin primarily into a financial centre in north China, an international commercial city and a free port.

Attractions


The Ancient Culture Street (pictured above)
This street was officially opened on New Year’s Day in 1986. Located on the west bank of the Haihe River, it is the birthplace of Tianjin culture and the gathering place of Tianjin and Haihe folk. It attracts many visitors who come to admire its architecture, purchase folk crafts, and try delicious local snacks. A notable attraction is the Tianjin Folklore Museum which boasts 2,000 folk items. It describes the development and customs from various aspects of daily life, trade, arts and clothes, as well as the development of water transportation, fishing and salt trade in Tianjin.
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The Five Great Avenues (pictured left)
This lovely area is highly influenced by European culture, and is located in the Heping district. It is a concentrated area of famous residences with diverse architectural styles, and consists of five streets named after five Chinese cities  – Chengdu, Chongqing, Changde, Dali and Munan. It is a nice place to stroll around, but you can also get a horse-driven carriage or rent a Surrey bicycle from one of the many street corners for the best experience. Tour guides are also available to give details on the history of the various buildings.
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Porcelain House (also called China House, pictured left)
This landmark was originally a French building with a history of more than 100 years. A large number of ancient porcelain wares were used to decorate it as a ceramic house. The perfect combination of Oriental classical art and Western architecture reveals the masterpiece. It was bought by Zhang Lianzhi in 2000, and since then he has been continuously adding porcelain figures to the collection.
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The Tientsin Eye (pictured left)
Located on Yongle Bridge, this is the only ferris wheel in the world to be built on a bridge. The ride lasts 30 minutes and at the grand height of 120 m, equivalent to 35 floors, you can admire a 360-degree view over the city for 40 km.
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