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Tianjin, China

Tianjin, 'Jin' for short, is China's largest municipality-level city after international superstars Shanghai and Beijing. Sightseeing in Tianjin has much to offer: an eclectic stock of colonial-era, European-style buildings, excellent examples of classical architecture, a dynamic culture featuring delicious seafood-based cuisine and enough historical sites that illuminates the city's past, present and future.

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Tianjin, China

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The One Thing You Don't Want to Miss

Located in the mountainous area of Tianjin's northern Ji County, the Huangyaguan Pass of Great Wall was first built during the Northern Qi Dynasty. The Huangyaguan Pass is considered to be a miniature of the Great Wall of China. The entire section is built on an abrupt mountain ridge and is considered an area of natural beauty and cultural interest.

Other Fun Things to Do

  • The Tianjin Ancient Cultural Street is located in the Nankai District of the Tianjin Municipality. Although essentially a business street, Tianjin Ancient Cultural Street attracts tourists who come to see its special architectural styles, admire its classic cultural features, buy various folk crafts and sample delicious local Tianjin snacks.
  • Panshan Mountain is a very famous attraction in Tianjin. It is blessed with strange rock formations, verdant trees, clear stream lakes and mighty peaks. Panshan Mountain is made up of Shang Pan which is famous for vigorous pine trees, Zhong Pan which is well known for unique rocks and Xia Pan that is renowned for crystal clear stream water.
  • Tianjin TV & Radio Tower is the fourth-highest TV tower in the world. It is located in Tianta Lake, like a sword thrusting into the sky. During your visit, enjoy a meal in the tower's restaurant at the height of 248 to 278 metres and get an incredible bird's eye view of the city.
  • Enjoy a peaceful walk in the Water Park, where weeping willows decorate the water's edge and lotus flowers float by. The park also provides a modern lake bus and hi-speed mosquito crafts to meander along the lakes. For a more authentic Chinese experience, consider a ride in a large dragon boat.

Get a Taste of Local Flavour

Different regions in China offer different styles of cooking and cuisine. Given the size and historical importance as a trading centre, Tianjin can indulge you with almost eight of the classical Chinese cuisines: Shandong, Jiangsu, Sichuan, Anhui, Guangdong, Zhejiang and Hunan. If you are curious about local specialities, venture to the Shipin Jie food street, where stalls and small restaurants about serve a dizzying array of dishes. Other particularly good restaurant streets include Shandong Lu, Nanjing Lu, Jiefang Beilu, Zhejiang Lu and Zhongshan Lu.

Shopping for Bargains

If you're in the mood to invest in authentic bits of Chinese culture and other souvenirs, Tianjin's Antiques Market (Guwan Shichang) is the place to go. A busy, lively scene, you can find some excellent bargains on jade, ceramics, old books, prints, Culture-Revolutionary-era memorabilia and much more. Ancient Culture Street is another dynamic shopping spot.

Local Currency

The yuan is the official currency of China. Many shops and restaurants also accept major credit cards, which usually offer you a good exchange rate. When shopping, remember that Value Added Tax is added to most purchases.

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    Before You Visit

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