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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 Olympic Center Stadium 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
Apparently what China thinks of Little Italy. On the Romance Street.

Heping

4.5/5Wonderful!(7 area reviews)

You might enjoy the historic sites while in Heping. Zhongxin Park 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, Tianjin Jixian Panshan Golf Course and Jixian Geological Museum 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 Ancient Culture Street.

Hongqiao

Top Hotels in Tianjin

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Holiday Inn Tianjin Riverside
Holiday Inn Tianjin Riverside
4 out of 5
Phoenix Shopping Mall A, East Haihe Road, Hebei District, Tianjin, Tianjin
The price is ¥6,849 per night

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. ...

4.3/5Excellent! (155 reviews)
Tianjin Stay

"In Tianjin for business, first time at this hotel.. .Enjoyed the Beer Garden just outside hotel, with good selection of draft and bottled beer, along with BBQ options.Walking distance to river and ferris wheel"…"

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2019

Holiday Inn Tianjin Riverside
Holiday Inn Tianjin Aqua City
Holiday Inn Tianjin Aqua City
4 out of 5
No 6 Jieyuan Road, Hongqiao District, Tianjin, Tianjin
The price is ¥6,150 per night

Located in Hongqiao, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Drum Tower and Guwenhua Jie. Ancient Culture Street and Wanghailou Church are also within 2 mi (3 km). ...

3.9/5Good! (30 reviews)
Not bad, as expected

"Just a quick stay over."…"

Reviewed on Feb 25, 2016

Holiday Inn Tianjin Aqua City
Hyatt Regency Tianjin East
Hyatt Regency Tianjin East
4 out of 5
126 Weiguo Road, Hedong District, Tianjin, Tianjin
The price is ¥6,640 per night

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. Bin Jiang Dao Shopping ...

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

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. 

Drum Tower
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Drum Tower

4/5(1 review)

See the views from the top of this grand building, known for its elegant replications of architecture from the Ming and Qing dynasties.

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

¥122,875
Per adult
One Way Private Transfer from Beijing to Tianjin Cruise Port
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One Way Private Transfer from Beijing to Tianjin Cruise Port

¥30,626
Per adult
Private Transfer from Tianjin Port to Beijing with a Guide
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Private Transfer from Tianjin Port to Beijing with a Guide

¥36,495
Per adult
2-Day Beijing Trip from Tianjin Port with Round-Way Transfer
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2-Day Beijing Trip from Tianjin Port with Round-Way Transfer

¥114,587
Per adult
Tianjin Cruise Port Pickup Plus Beijing Great Wall Trip
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Tianjin Cruise Port Pickup Plus Beijing Great Wall Trip

¥60,467
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

¥146,438
Per adult

Reviews of Tianjin

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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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