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TianjinChina

China’s third-largest urban area is home to European-influenced neighborhoods, fascinating historical and artistic attractions, as well as a thriving food scene. 

Tianjin is one of northern China’s most important financial and cultural centers. With a sprawling mix of early 20th-century European architecture and modern skyscrapers, Tianjin is an excellent place for wandering and browsing shops. Revel in the surprisingly relaxed atmosphere, which is enhanced by a lovely riverside promenade, museums, churches and temples.

The area rose to prominence as one of the country’s most important ports, later attracting the attention of European nations that established individual foreign concessionary bases. Each resembled a miniature European country, encompassing its own system of prisons, schools and hospitals. The buildings in each concession were inspired by the style popular in that European country. When exploring the city today, try to identify the distinctly different architectural styles of the old concessions.

Walk down Ancient Culture Street, designed to recreate the city’s historic Qing dynasty architecture. Look inside Tianhou Temple, browse shops selling traditional souvenirs or stop at a restaurant to try one of Tianjin's local specialties. Many of the city’s dishes feature the widely available fresh seafood.

Enjoy more shopping in the busy streets surrounding the iconic Drum Tower. Look up at the enormous iron bell on the tower’s second floor and head to the top to see striking views over the city.

Ride on the Tianjin Eye, a towering Ferris wheel attached to the city’s Yongle Bridge. After seeing the Hai River from one of the Eye’s passenger capsules, go for a boat ride along the river or relax in one of the nearby parks. Visit Wanghailou Church, the city’s first Christian church, and learn about its darkly intriguing history.

Tianjin is located about 80 miles (130 kilometers) east of Beijing. To get here, take a 1-hour train ride from the capital. Enjoy the city as a daytrip or stay a little longer to explore its lesser-known sights. Late spring and autumn are the best times of year to visit, when the weather is pleasantly mild.

Where to stay in Tianjin

Drum Tower

Nankai

4/5Very Good!(5 area reviews)

The restaurants and museums are just a few things visitors like about Nankai. Tianjin Water Park and Tianjin Zoo are worthwhile spots to check out, and you can hop on the metro at Haiguangsi Station or Zhoudengjinianguan Station to get around the larger area.

Nankai
Tianjin which includes modern architecture

Tianjin City Center

Tianjin City Center is a destination travelers like for its historic sites, and you might hop aboard the metro at Jinwan'guangchang Station or Hepinglu Station to explore sights like Ancient Culture Street.

Tianjin City Center
Tianjin featuring modern architecture, a city and a garden

Hebei

4/5Very Good!(2 area reviews)

Hebei is well-liked for its museums and monuments. If you're hoping to get in some sightseeing, Tianjin Eye and Marco Polo Square are top spots, and you can jump on the metro at Jinshiqiao Station or Jinwan'guangchang Station to get around.

Hebei
Heping, Tianjin, China

Heping

4.5/5Wonderful!(7 area reviews)

You might enjoy the historic sites while in Heping. Xiao Bai Lou Commercial Area is a notable sight, and you can get around town at Yingkoudao Station or Hepinglu Station to see more of the city.

Heping
The Huangyaguan Pass which was built during the early Ming dynasty and then rebuilt several times.  It was restored in 1984.  
Although very obviously not original it is very impressive and we had the place more or less to ourselves.
Just what you expect the Great Wall to be. #TakeAHike

Ji County

If you're spending some time in Ji County, Jixian Dam and Tianjin Jixian Panshan Golf Course are top sights worth seeing.

Ji County
Wanghailou Church which includes heritage architecture and a church or cathedral

Hongqiao

4/5Very Good!(3 area reviews)

Hongqiao is a destination travelers like for its river views, and you might hop aboard the metro at Honghuli Station or Qinjiandao Station to explore sights like Tianjin Eye.

Hongqiao

Top Hotels in Tianjin

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Crowne Plaza Tianjin Mei Jiang Nan
Crowne Plaza Tianjin Mei Jiang Nan
4 out of 5
East to South Youyi Rd, Xiqing District, Opp. Tianjin Meijiang Convention Center, Tianjin
The price is ¥8,180 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 27

Situated on a lake, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Tianjin Olympic Center Stadium, Tianjin Water Park, and Tianjin Kerry Centre. Nankai University and ...

4.4/5Excellent! (56 reviews)

"Right by the convention center. 2 min walk. Not sure why Expedia says a 14 min drive."…"

Reviewed on May 17, 2020

Crowne Plaza Tianjin Mei Jiang Nan
Courtyard by Marriott Tianjin Hongqiao
Courtyard by Marriott Tianjin Hongqiao
4 out of 5
No 166 Beima Road, Hongqiao District, Tianjin
The price is ¥7,929 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 28

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 Water Park are ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (70 reviews)

"Superb location, excellent room condition and helpful staff!"…"

Reviewed on Nov 4, 2019

Courtyard by Marriott Tianjin Hongqiao
Hyatt Regency Tianjin East
Hyatt Regency Tianjin East
4 out of 5
126 Weiguo Road, Hedong District, Tianjin, Tianjin
The price is ¥8,557 per night from Oct 10 to Oct 11

Located in Hedong, this spa hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Tianjin Kerry Centre, Marco Polo Square, and Xiao Bai Lou Commercial Area. Former Residence of Liang ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (67 reviews)

"Everything is good, clean, good food in restorant qnd cheap.close to sabway"…"

Reviewed on Mar 3, 2020

Hyatt Regency Tianjin East

Vacation Rentals in Tianjin

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Teda, Tianjin-marriott Executive Apartments
Teda, Tianjin-marriott Executive Apartments
5 out of 5
No 29 2nd Avenue, TEDA, Xiang Shi Road, Tianjin, Tianjin
The price is ¥9,261 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 27

Located in Tanggu, this luxury aparthotel is 2 mi (3.2 km) from TEDA Football Stadium and 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Haihe Bund Park. Taku Forts and Tanggu Forest ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (12 reviews)
Had a good time

"It was such a relaxing stay. Great food and super clean water for the bath. Loved it."…"

Reviewed on Feb 20, 2017

Teda, Tianjin-marriott Executive Apartments
Ascott TEDA MSD Tianjin
Ascott TEDA MSD Tianjin
4 out of 5
No. 7 Xincheng West Road, Tianjin Economic Development Area, Tianjin
The price is ¥8,419 per night from Oct 23 to Oct 24

This family-friendly Tianjin aparthotel is located in the business district, within 3 mi (5 km) of TEDA Football Stadium and Haihe Bund Park. Tanggu Forest Park ...

3.9/5Good! (9 reviews)
good hard ware, poor managed hotel

"電視沒辦法看,信號太弱,泳池停用,房間的燈關不上。"…"

Reviewed on Jul 8, 2019

Ascott TEDA MSD Tianjin
Somerset Olympic Tower Tianjin
Somerset Olympic Tower Tianjin
4 out of 5
No.126 Chengdu Avenue, Heping District, Tianjin, Tianjin
The price is ¥10,419 per night from Oct 1 to Oct 2

This family-friendly Tianjin aparthotel is located in the historical district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Tianjin University and Tianjin Radio and Television Tower. ...

4/5Very Good! (33 reviews)
Worst Somerset in China

"Staff is not friendly at all. The girl at the front desk does not understand anything"…"

Reviewed on May 6, 2020

Somerset Olympic Tower Tianjin

Popular places to visit in Tianjin

Tianjin Eye
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Tianjin Eye

4.5/5(5 reviews)

Get an elevated perspective of Tianjin from a ride to the top of this iconic city landmark atop a bridge. 

Ancient Culture Street
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Ancient Culture Street

4.5/5(9 reviews)

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

Top things to do in Tianjin

Beijing 2-Day Private Tour with Tianjin Cruise Port Transfer
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Beijing 2-Day Private Tour with Tianjin Cruise Port Transfer

¥121,940
Per adult
Private Hutong Rickshaw Ride & Dumpling Making
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Private Hutong Rickshaw Ride & Dumpling Making

¥11,752
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Private Shore Excursion to Mutianyu Great Wall from Tianjin
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Private Shore Excursion to Mutianyu Great Wall from Tianjin

¥58,653
Per adult
Private Tianjin Shore Excursion: Huangyaguan Great Wall
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Private Tianjin Shore Excursion: Huangyaguan Great Wall

¥48,499
Per adult
Private 2D Shore Excursion Tour to Beijing from Tianjin Port
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Private 2D Shore Excursion Tour to Beijing from Tianjin Port

¥145,296
Per adult
Private Shore Excusion to Qing Wang Fu Mansion and Porcelain House
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Private Shore Excusion to Qing Wang Fu Mansion and Porcelain House

¥48,076
Per adult

Reviews of Tianjin

4.4

Top Destination

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Nov 8, 2019

Been there 3 times.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 9, 2019

There is a lot to do just walking around the river, Italian area, the 5 Main Boulevards, boat ride, and shopping. Great side trip from Beijing for two nights, or at least one night.

5/5 - Excellent

William

Oct 13, 2018

Much larger than I expected Very friendly people

5/5 - Excellent

Paul

Sep 21, 2018

Tianjin is like small-sized- Shanghai but it is also a beautiful well planned city with modern characters. People are friendly and willing to offer help. Even a Taxi driver sang Chinese opera for us ---- what a surprise! Definitely will go back there

5/5 - Excellent

Paul

Sep 21, 2018

To me, Tianjin is a smaller Shanghai with a lot of unique characters. Even the people we met on the streets smiled at us a lot--- what a friendly city. One Taxi driver even sang for us! It is clean all over the city and we enjoyed the fresh air.

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