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Tianjin is one of China’s largest cities, but is oft overlooked in the shadow of its big-time neighbor, Beijing. Despite its modern landscape, the city prides itself on its thousands of years of history, with rich cultural traditions in the arts, food, and theatre.
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Tian Jin Dian Shi Tai, Heping Qu, Tianjin Shi, China, 300070
If you're a fan of heights and lucky enough to chance upon a sunny, relatively day, head up the Tianjin Radio and TV Tower to enjoy a 360-degree view of the city. Peer down at the surrounding lake area and try to spot other Tianjin attractions,...
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Locals love coming to Shaguo Li for the succulent spare ribs. Doused in a sweet barbecue sauce and cooked until pull-apart tender, this dish is addictive. The small portion is more than enough for two people to share. The restaurant's name,...
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149 Changchun Rd, HengLong GuangChang, Heping Qu, China, 300041
One of Tianjin's most famous snacks is the fried dough twist, or mahua. It's not the healthiest of snacks—it has been deep-fried in peanut oil—but is definitely worth a try. Traditionally, mahua is made with ingredients such as flour, sesame,...
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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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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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Wu Da Dao, Heping Qu, Tianjin Shi, China
Between the 1860s and the 1940s, European countries established concessionary territories throughout many Chinese cities. The districts were built, maintained, and governed by the European nations. Tianjin nine countries had concessions in the...
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Gu Wen Hua Jie, Nankai Qu, Tianjin Shi, China
The Queen of Heaven Temple has the somewhat ignoble distinction of being both the only original structure on Ancient Culture Street, and the oldest building in Tianjin. It's a Taoist temple honoring the goddess Tianhou, or Mazu, who is the goddess...
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China, Tianjin Shi, Nankai Qu, Shuishang Gongyuan N Rd, 水上公园北路1号
Zhou Enlai was one of the key architects of China's communist path, working alongside Mao Zedong from the 1940s to the 1970s. His political education began here in Tianjin, as a high school and university student at Nankai. The memorial gives an...
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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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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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Liaoning Rd, Jin Jie, Heping Qu, Tianjin Shi, China, 300041
It's called the Snack Street. If that's not a good enough reason to check a place out, I don't know what is. Mahua, erduoyan, and youtiao—all varieties of fried dough—are insanely popular in Tianjin. But it's hard to beat jianbing (煎饼), which...
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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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China, Tianjin Shi, Heping Qu, HengLong GuangChang, 南京路219号天津中心公寓楼1层大堂 邮政编码: 300000
On the 49th Floor of the Tangla Hotel building, the China Blue Bar claims to be Tianjin's highest bar. On clear nights, you'll get great views of the city, which lights up at night. There is live music after 9:30 every night (usually jazz and...
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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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Gu Wen Hua Jie, Nankai Qu, Tianjin Shi, China
Realistic clay figurines are a local craft tradition. Ni Ren Zhang (Clay Figure Zhang) is one of the oldest and best known shops in Tianjin—and perhaps even in all of China. Ni Ren Zhang is named for the original artist who transformed clay...