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Tianwei Rd, Hebei Qu, Tianjin Shi, China, 300142
The Dabei Buddhist Monastery is the best of the Buddhist temple sites in Tianjin. Originally built in the end of the Ming Dynasty, the temple is remarkably well-preserved, and its collection of Buddha statues includes interpretive signs, which is...
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Hotel Rd, Hexi Qu, Tianjin Shi, China
Tianjin is famous for its traditional woodblock carvings. The local style is the Yangliuqing New Year Pictures, which feature chubby-cheeked figures and bright colors; they may depict a wide range of themes. Before you set out to buy your own...
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9 Xining Rd, Heping Qu, Tianjin Shi, China, 300020
Catholic Churches aren't as rare as you might expect in China, and many are quite beautiful. The Cathedral in Tianjin is no exception. Built during the French Concession, Xikai Cathedral is features Roman-style architecture, with high vaulted...
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Hebei, China, 300143
It may not be as famous as the London Eye, but the 120-meter tall Eye of Tianjin ferris wheel has its own claim to fame: it's the only ferris wheel in the world built on a bridge. It's also a great way to get up above the city and see the...
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Pingjiang Rd, Hexi Qu, Tianjin Shi, China, 300201
The Tianjin Museum, opened in 2004, is an enormous, modern structure, full of eye-catching details. The 50,000 square meter museum has a permanent collection of cultural and historical artifacts from around China, but with a strong focus on local...
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58 Ziyou Rd, TianJin HaiHe YiShi FengQing Qu, Hebei Qu, Tianjin Shi, China, 300143
The little sibling of a well-known Beijing rock club, 13 Club in Tianjin is a relatively small venue with a calendar that features a rotating lineup of local and touring acts, with a focus on indie rock and metal bands. Terrace seating, mixed...
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China, Tianjin Shi, Heping Qu, Shandong Rd, 山东路交口 邮政编码: 300041
A scotch list, an expansive cocktail menu, exposed brick walls, and an abundance of candlelight make this bar a chic place to sit back and sip a drink. The low light and cozy ambiance are reminiscent of a speakeasy atmosphere. The bar's strong...
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Lan Yu Bin Guan ( Chang De Dao ), Heping Qu, Tianjin Shi, China
Located in the former English concession area, Chateau 35 blends China and Europe together over a nice glass of wine. Expats mingle here with affluent Chinese locals, both enjoying the great selection of wines. Wine tastings occur on the first...
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Chifeng Rd, HengLong GuangChang, Heping Qu, Tianjin Shi, China, 300041
If you're looking for the most famous food in Tianjin, look no further than Goubuli. The restaurant is now a global sensation, with locations around China and the world, but it got its start here in the late 1880s. The dish itself is familiar: a...
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Nanshi Food Street, Heping, Tianjin, China, 300100
Wander into the mall-like Nanshi Food Street complex, and you'll be surrounded by restaurants and stalls packed with inexpensive food choices. While there are plenty of sit-down options, where you can sample cuisines from all over China, you can...
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209 Nanjing Rd, Heping Qu, Tianjin Shi, China, 300020
Hot pot is popular nearly everywhere China, and Tianjin is no exception. Hai Di Lao, a local chain, offers a couple of fun experiences that set it apart. First, you'll get your shoes shined while you wait for a table. Second, the hot pot is spicy...
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Tianjin Ancient Cultural Street, opened in 1986, is one of the city's main tourist attractions. Located on the site of the city's original port district, it's a look back at the city's historic importance. During the Qing dynasty, Tianjin was one...
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If you're a fan of Chinese dumplings, you're going to have to visit 100 Dumpling Restaurant. Here the dumplings come in all flavors and colors: green, red, soupy, lamp, tomato, crab, and more (ninety-four more, to be precise). The dumplings are...
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Shandong Rd, Jin Jie, Heping Qu, Tianjin Shi, China, 300020
Get ready to haggle over prices for a variety of real-deal antiques from China's long and storied history. Vendors in the antiques district, which is centered around Jinzhou Dao and Shandong Lu, aren't limited to storefronts and stalls; many...
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Beijing, China
The Great Wall of China runs more than 21,000 kilometers (over 13,000 miles), not as one continuous wall but rather as fortified wall sections. Some of the sections date back more than 2,500 years, though only 8.2 percent of the existing wall is...
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4 Jingshan Front St, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100006
Beijing's number one tourist attraction is a massive former imperial palace known as the Forbidden City. Between 1416 and 1911, it was home to 24 Ming and Qing dynasty emperors and their families and staff. In 1912, after the abdication of...
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2 Jiuxianqiao Rd, Chaoyang Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100096
How a complex of German-built factories became one of East Asia’s hottest art destinations is also the story of modern China. When construction on a number of electronics factories began in Dashanzi in 1956, the area was farmland. Joint...
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3 Xinbi St, Xicheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100031
This gleaming performing arts center, sometimes called the Giant Egg, was designed by French architect Paul Andreu and inaugurated in 2007. The ellipsoid dome, made of titanium and glass and surrounded by a man-made lake, looks a bit like a...
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19 Xinjiangongmen Rd, Haidian Qu, China, 100000
The present-day Summer Palace is China's largest royal park and was once called the Garden of Cultivated Harmony. It took its current name when Empress Dowager Cixi, in a controversial action, used some money earmarked for the navy and rebuilt the...
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15 Guozijian St, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100007
Across the street from the Lama Temple is the Guozijian, or Kong Miao. However, as my philosophy teacher warned, the Confucian philosophy is not to be confused with religion—that is to say, this is not really a worshipping temple. Rather, it’s a...
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1 National Stadium S Rd, Chaoyang Qu, China, 100101
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12 Yonghegong St, Dongcheng Qu, China, 100007
To understand China, it's imperative to understand the important role religion and philosophy play in the culture. Buddhism is one such influence, and this gorgeous temple tells a bit of that story. Yonghegong is in the northern part of Beijing...
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3 Hufang Rd, Xicheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China
While visiting Beijing on a Fulbright over the summer, we were given the opportunity to attend a traditional Peking Opera. Though the show was entirely in Mandarin, it was highly entertaining and lively. The vibrant colors of the venue, coupled...
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This venue closed in September 2017. How many restaurants can boast direct views of Tiananmen Square and Mao's Mausoleum? Capital M can, and its terrace is one of Beijing's best places for alfresco drinks. The restaurant serves continental...
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China, 北京市东城区天安门
While at Tiananmen Square in Beijing, I decided that I had to see Chairman Mao. While I was checking out the line, one of the guards--off duty, I think, saw my friend and I. He walked us across the street to drop off our bags--cameras included. He...
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China, 北京市东城区天安门
It's really spectacular at night - lit up in red and gold, brimming with locals and visitors. Take a few photos, then follow the locals across the street to their preferred dives for great food!
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China, Beijing Shi, Chaoyang Qu, S Sanlitun Rd, 三里屯南街4号院 邮政编码: 100001
A lending library with more than 10,000 English-language books. A weekly slate of events, from poetry readings to winetastings to quizzes to movie screenings. A full menu of food. A superb single malt collection. "Something for everyone" sounds...
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甲9 Fuxing Rd, Haidian Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100038
This museum on the west side of Beijing curates interesting, but less publicized exhibitions. Head next door to the military museum. The building is huge with high ceilings, giving the visitor the impression that everything is built on a massive...
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"Guijie" street is lined with hole-in-the-wall hot pot places. It's also home to one of my favorite courtyard restaurants, Huajiayiyuan 花家怡园, which serves some of the best Peking roast duck in the city. There's even a kung-fu noodle master and tea...
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Olympic Village, Chaoyang, Beijing, China
Anyone who visits Beijing must walk through the Olympic village area. The architecture is unbelievable, and there are colourful and unique sculptures constructed by local artists in the surrounding gardens. They even constructed an entire subway...
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138 Wangfujing St, DongDan, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100006
This was a bustling alley not too far from the famous Wangfujing Food Street, just a few blocks south of it. Here you can find tons of trinkets and souvenirs from giant antique metal necklaces to stuffed animal pandas. You can even catch free live...
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13 Guozijian St, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100007
The Imperial College is where Chosen scholars (who had already passed the county and provincial examinations) would go to study for the national and palace examinations. As a teacher living in Beijing, I find China educational history fascinating;...
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Xicheng, Beijing, China
The world's seventh-largest public square is best known in the West for the 1989 student protests, but this is also where, on October 1, 1949, Mao Zedong founded the People's Republic of China. The square was named for Tiananmen (which translates...
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2 Dongbiaobei Hutong, JianWai DaJie, Dongcheng Qu, China, 100005
This is great sight if you're interested in astronomy, science, ancient technology, the meeting of East and West, or you just need a break from the noise and crowds. The observatory was built in the Yuan Dynasty (1239-1368 AD). It was put to great...
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China, Beijing Shi, Dongcheng Qu, 张自忠路3-2号 邮政编码: 100007
Located in the courtyard fronting the former residence of Chinese-warlord-turned-premier Duan Quirui, Yugong Yishan is a mid-sized venue—it can pack in more than 500 people—that features a wide range of music. Blues, jazz, funk, punk, folk, rock,...
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1 Tiantan E Rd, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China
This complex of Taoist religious buildings was constructed in the early 15th century under the Yongle Emperor, who also commissioned the Forbidden City, just to the north. The temple's central building is the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, a...
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Behind a façade of rusted sheet metal, MAO Livehouse serves as a gathering place for music fans, especially of rock in all its forms, from punk to funk to metal. The musical slate includes visiting and local bands, with shows about 20 or so nights...
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Chaoyang, Beijing, China
Ritan Park is one of Beijing's greatest green lungs, the other being Tiantan (Temple of Heaven) park. Like Tiantan, Rtan is the site of an altar that was used by Chinese emperors to pray to specific deities ( in this case the sun) for good fortune...
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11 Tianchen E Rd, Chaoyang Qu, China
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Changchi Rd, Changping Qu, China
The Ming Tombs are 31 miles northwest of Beijing. The cemetery covers an area of 40 sq. kilometers with 13 Ming emperors buried here. This is a popular UNESCO attraction in China and easily combined with visiting Badaling Great Wall for a day trip...
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Chaoyang, China, 100005
Imagine several hectares of red velvet, a few dozen oil paintings, plush sofas and chairs that evoke a sixteenth-century royal French court, and buckets of gold leaf. That gives some idea of the building blocks on which Russian nightclub Chocolate...
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Zhangjiajie, Hunan, China
Unbelievably, the first of China's National Parks is unknown to many of those travelling through China. Located in the Hunan Province of mid-southern China, Zhangjiajie National Park has clusters of karsts poking out over the landscape as if they...
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Wulingyuan, Zhangjiajie, Hunan, China, 427400
It's expensive to get in to this national park but the ticket gives you 3 days entry. There's a simple hostel that you can stay at between hikes. Macaques, hours of hiking, breathtaking views. Cross your fingers for clear skies and it'll simply be...