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Ancient Culture Street

Sample local dishes, admire recreated traditional architecture and see shoes from nearly every era of Chinese history as you explore this popular street. 

Ancient Culture Street is one Tianjin’s best-known tourist attractions. Lined with more than 100 stores, this street is a lively place to shop for everything from tea sets to clay figurines. Explore the shops and restaurants and discover interesting museums, temples and historic Chinese architecture. 

Notice the large archways marking the northern and southern entrances to the street. Their inscriptions are the characters “jin men gu li” (hometown of Jinmen) and “gu shang gu yuan” (Art Gallery of Gushang).

During the Qing dynasty, this street was the heart of the city’s port district. In 1986, the area was renovated to recreate its former appearance during this historic era. Notice how all of the buildings lining the street feature the green walls, red columns and upturned roofs characteristic of architecture of the Qing dynasty period. Pay close attention to the buildings’ doors and windows, many of which feature paintings of animals, flowers or historical figures.

Be sure to see the Tianhou Temple, about mid-way down the street. Originally built in the 14th century, the temple is the oldest building in the city and one of only a handful of Mazu temples remaining in the world. Today the building houses the Tianjin Folklore Museum, which features historical documents, Buddhist scriptures and folk crafts. 

Don’t miss the Huaxia Shoes Culture Museum, which displays shoes from almost every significant period in China’s history. Look for a stone shoe said to have been worn by ancient Chinese hero Day Yu, as well as examples of lotus shoes designed to bind women’s feet.

When you’re feeling hungry, seek out one of the many restaurants cooking Tianjin’s local specialties; try tea soup or erduoyan (fried rice cakes). One of the most exciting times of year to visit this street is during the annual Huanghui Fair in March, when you can watch stilt walkers, lion dances, martial art displays and parades. 

Ancient Culture Street is located at the northeast corner of Nankai District, on the Hai River’s west bank. Use the bus or subway to get to the Dong Bei Jiao stop. 


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Courtyard by Marriott Tianjin Hongqiao ¥6,547
Courtyard by Marriott Tianjin Hongqiao

Courtyard by Marriott Tianjin Hongqiao

No 166 Beima Road, Hongqiao District, Tianjin
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Hongqiao, this hotel is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Tianjin Eye and 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from Tianjin University. Nankai University and Tianjin Radio and Television Tower are also within 6 mi (10 km). Xibeijiao Station is 13 minutes by foot and Gulou Station is 19 minutes.

    Holiday Inn Tianjin Riverside ¥6,950
    Holiday Inn Tianjin Riverside

    Holiday Inn Tianjin Riverside

    Phoenix Shopping Mall A, East Haihe Road, Hebei District, Tianjin, Tianjin
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Hongqiao, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Tianjin Eye and Wanghailou Church. Ancient Culture Street and Guwenhua Jie are also within 15 minutes. Jinshiqiao Station is 27 minutes by foot and Dongnanjiao Station is 27 minutes.

      Banyan Tree Tianjin Riverside
      Banyan Tree Tianjin Riverside

      Banyan Tree Tianjin Riverside

      No. 34 Haihe East Road, Hebei District, Tianjin, Tianjin
         
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Tianjin City Center, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Ancient Culture Street and Wanghailou Church. Guwenhua Jie and Tianjin Eye are also within 1 mi (2 km). Jinshiqiao Station is 20 minutes by foot and Dongnanjiao Station is 23 minutes.

        IBIS Tianjin Ancient Cultural Street Hotel ¥2,386
        IBIS Tianjin Ancient Cultural Street Hotel

        IBIS Tianjin Ancient Cultural Street Hotel

        Tianjin Nankai District Zhangziz, Tianjin, Tianjin
           
          2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Tianjin City Center, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Ancient Culture Street and Former Residence of Liang Qichao. Marco Polo Square and Wanghailou Church are also within 15 minutes. Dongnanjiao Station is 16 minutes by foot and Jinshiqiao Station is 17 minutes.

          Tianjin Jinmen guli Apartment
          Tianjin Jinmen guli Apartment

          Tianjin Jinmen guli Apartment

          15F, Building 1, Cross of Dongmalu, and Shuige Street, Nankai District, Tianjin, Tianjin
             
            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Tianjin City Center, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Ancient Culture Street and Wanghailou Church. Former Residence of Liang Qichao and Marco Polo Square are also within 15 minutes. Dongnanjiao Station is 14 minutes by foot and Jinshiqiao Station is 19 minutes.

            Jinxuan Time Hotel
            Jinxuan Time Hotel

            Jinxuan Time Hotel

            No. 111 Building A Jinxuan Art, Apartment, Nankai District, Tianjin, Tianjin
               
              1.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Tianjin City Center, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Wanghailou Church and Ancient Culture Street. Guwenhua Jie and Tianjin Eye are also within 1 mi (2 km). Jinshiqiao Station is 17 minutes by foot and Dongnanjiao Station is 20 minutes.

              7 Days Premiuma Tianjin Gulou Metro Station JOY CI
              7 Days Premiuma Tianjin Gulou Metro Station JOY CI

              7 Days Premiuma Tianjin Gulou Metro Station JOY CI

              NO 5 27 31 GULOU NAN STREET,, Tianjin, TSN
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Tianjin City Center, this hotel is steps from Guwenhua Jie and Wanghailou Church. Ancient Culture Street and Tianjin Eye are also within 15 minutes. Jinshiqiao Station is 16 minutes by foot and Dongnanjiao Station is 17 minutes.

                Pan Pacific Tianjin ¥12,857
                Pan Pacific Tianjin

                Pan Pacific Tianjin

                No. 1 Zhang Zi Zhong Road, Hong Qiao District, Tianjin, Tianjin
                   
                  5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Tianjin City Center, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Wanghailou Church and Ancient Culture Street. Tianjin Eye is 0.8 mi (1.4 km) away. Dongnanjiao Station is 15 minutes by foot and Jinshiqiao Station is 18 minutes.