Tianjin for Families
Collected by Frederick Simeon
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.
1 Shuishang Gongyuan W Rd, Nankai Qu, Tianjin Shi, China, 300381
Round up the gang and spend a day frolicking around the Tianjin Zoo. There are habitats dedicated to monkeys, bears, hippos and rhinos, and amphibians. Birds have another enclosure, and lions and tigers have an unmistakable space to call home. And...
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...
94 Longchang Rd, Hexi Qu, China, 300201
The Museum of Science and Industry is a great way to pass the day with kids. Interactive exhibits and free admission make it an easy, entertaining afternoon. Many museums in China can be hard to follow for non-Chinese speakers, but the Science and...
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...
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...
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...
61号-8 Ancient Cultural St, TianJin GuWenHua Jie, Nankai Qu, Tianjin Shi, China
If you're familiar with the old Abbot & Costello "Who's on First" routine, you're on your way to understanding crosstalk, or xiangsheng, performances in China. The art form, which features rapid-style wordplay, punning, and plays off the easily...
Gulou S St, GuLou ShangYeQu, Nankai Qu, Tianjin Shi, China, 300090
Chinese kites are famous worldwide, and Tianjin is one of the top producers of silk kites. The city's high-flying legacy is the result of one kitemaker, Wei Yuantai, who made kites in the city for more than 70 years, designing hundreds of new...
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...
China, Tianjin Shi, Heping Qu, TianJin HePing Lu, 和平路230号 邮政编码: 300020
There are more mobile phones in Asia than any other continent, and locals (especially young people) are crazy for customization. Even if you're not a huge fan of decorating your mobile, it's worth a visit to Mobile Arsenal, which will amaze you...