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Tianjin
Travel Guide

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

Fraser Place Tianjin
Fraser Place Tianjin
5 out of 5
No. 34 Xing Cheng Towers, Ao Ti Street, West Weijin South Road, Nankai District, Tianjin
The price is ¥6,696 per night from Mar 11 to Mar 12

Located in Hexi, this luxury aparthotel is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Tianjin Olympic Center Stadium and 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Tianjin Water Park. Tianjin Hotel Subway ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (46 reviews)
An ideal place for family travel

"Fast check-in, friendly staff, nice services, clean & modern rooms, a very satisfying experience!"…"

Reviewed on Dec 23, 2019

Fraser Place Tianjin
The Ritz-Carlton, Tianjin
The Ritz-Carlton, Tianjin
5 out of 5
167 Dagubei Road, Heping District, Tianjin, Tianjin
The price is ¥18,138 per night from Mar 9 to Mar 10

Located in Heping, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Former Residence of Gu Weijun, Former Residence of Zhang Zuoxiang, and Former Residence of ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (87 reviews)
Very nice stay in the historic financial district

"I was taking a flight transfer in Tianjin. Got to know Ritz is a must stay in the old square of the city. Booked a Balcony garden view luxury room for one night only. I had some free time to take a walk in town and found the hotel super close to the riverside historic financial district where the ..."…"

Reviewed on May 25, 2020

The Ritz-Carlton, Tianjin
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 ¥8,335 per night from Mar 9 to Mar 10

Situated on a lake, this hotel is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Meijiang Convention and Exhibition Center and within 9 mi (15 km) of Tianjin Olympic Center Stadium and ...

4.4/5Excellent! (57 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
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Fraser Place Tianjin
Fraser Place Tianjin
5 out of 5
No. 34 Xing Cheng Towers, Ao Ti Street, West Weijin South Road, Nankai District, Tianjin
The price is ¥6,696 per night from Mar 11 to Mar 12

Located in Hexi, this luxury aparthotel is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Tianjin Olympic Center Stadium and 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Tianjin Water Park. Tianjin Hotel Subway ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (46 reviews)
An ideal place for family travel

"Fast check-in, friendly staff, nice services, clean & modern rooms, a very satisfying experience!"…"

Reviewed on Dec 23, 2019

Fraser Place Tianjin
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 ¥10,002 per night from Mar 9 to Mar 10

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
Somerset Olympic Tower Tianjin
Somerset Olympic Tower Tianjin
4.5 out of 5
No.126 Chengdu Avenue, Heping District, Tianjin, Tianjin
The price is ¥8,752 per night from Mar 9 to Mar 10

This family-friendly Tianjin aparthotel is located in the historical district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Tianjin University, Binjiang Avenue Shopping Street, and ...

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
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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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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