What to Do around The Westin Tianjin
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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.
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,...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
City life can be exhausting. All that running around, the blast of car horns, the endless sightseeing list... Dongli Lake offers the perfect getaway from Tianjin. Come out here for the day and wander around the wetlands. There are lovely hot...
Shuishang Gongyuan E Rd, Nankai Qu, China
The more than 300-acre Tianjin Water Park was established in the 1950s, but the "Green Dragon Pond" (青龙潭) site was known throughout Tianjin's extensive history (all the way back to the first century) for its natural beauty and lush landscape....
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...
China, Tianjin Shi, Xiqing Qu, Yuhe Rd, 估衣街47号 邮政编码: 300380
If you feel like you're on a movie set during your visit to the picturesque Shi Family Grand Courtyard, that's because you are. But this is no backlot sound studio—it's the real thing. Built in the 1800s, the Shi Family earned its wealth through...
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...
70 Anshan Rd, Heping Qu, Tianjin Shi, China, 300020
Jingyuan, or "Stillness Garden," was named by Puyi, the last emperor of the Qing Dynasty, who resided here for a few years from 1927. The garden's grounds are only about 3,000 square meters in size, but provides a villa-esque setting, with...
Jiefang N Rd, Heping Qu, Tianjin Shi, China, 300143
Hai River is called the mother river of Tianjin by the locals. There are cruising services along the river at different piers. The most popular one might be the Tianjin Railway Station Pier, which is (unsurprisingly) right next to the Tianjin...
Chifeng Rd, HengLong GuangChang, Heping Qu, Tianjin Shi, China, 300041
Reminiscent of both Gaudi and Vegas, the Porcelain House is an old French-style mansion that has been encrusted—inside and out—with colorful antique pottery and crystal. Porcelain collector Zhang Lianzhi bought the building, built during the...
Chengxiang Middle Rd, GuLou ShangYeQu, Nankai Qu, Tianjin Shi, China, 300090
Like many historic sites in China, the Drum Tower isn't original. Rebuilt after the Cultural Revolution, the Drum Tower and its surrounding area is a well done recreation, with plenty of its own character. (The tower is now supplied with a bell,...
283 Hebei Rd, Heping Qu, Tianjin Shi, China
If you're like me, you've visited plenty of cultural museums with fully furnished dining rooms or living rooms on display. Unfortunately, they're always neatly blocked off by cords and guards; no sitting down for a sense of what it might be like...
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...
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...
Chengdu Rd, Heping Qu, Tianjin Shi, China, 300020
In 1976, the Great Tangshan Earthquake hit Tianjin. It's believed to be the most devastating earthquake in the 20th century by death toll, and it came at a turbulent time in China, leading to even worse loss of life. The memorial in Tianjin is...
Jingming Rd, Jinnan Qu, Tianjin Shi, China
In 1904 Tianjin became the first city in China to have a public bus system. Most of the buses have been updated since then, though the prices are almost the same: 1 to 1.5 RMB per ride. Instead of paying for expensive bus tours or taxis, try the...
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