The Tianjin Rundown
Tianjin, whose name means ‘the place where the emperor crossed the river’, is situated in northern China on the Bohai Gulf, facing the Yellow Sea. With two sections, the Binhai New Area and the old city, Tianjin showcases a dual-personality characterised by innovation, industry and high growth, as well as unique historical attractions and beautiful scenery. From port towns, like Tanggu and Hangu, to the Yan Mountains, visitors will enjoy exploring this city by the sea. Binjiang Dao and Heping Lu are two streets offering modern malls and stores to stroll through. Vendors usually speak some English, but speaking Mandarin or having a translator can help.
While discovering the urban areas of Tianjin, tourists should not miss the Ancient Culture Street and Jinwan Square for sophisticated-meets-traditional architecture. Or hop on a train and go north to lovely Panshan Mountain, where the ancient temples and majestic peaks will astound visitors. To get up-close-and-personal with the wildlife, the Tianjin Zoo has thousands of animals and a connecting water park. From hiking in the wilderness to riding the modern Tianjin Eye (the world’s sixth largest Ferris wheel), this Chinese city will have attractions to please all visitors.
When To Go
Summer, fall, winter and spring all are distinctive in Tianjin. Summers are warm, with temperatures reaching in the high 20s°C (80s°F). The autumn brings cooler weather, which is perfect for outdoor activities. The winter months of December and January can get chilly and very frigid, with temperatures reaching the -4°C (low 20s°F). Spring days are usually windy, though daytime temperatures are still pleasant enough for visiting Tianjin.
- December through February: Average daily high is 1°C (34°F)
- July through September: Average daily high is 26°C (79°F)
- October through December: Average daily high is 11°C (52°F)
As one of the largest man-made ports in China, Tianjin Xingang can be accessed via domestic sea routes, as well as international routes from countries like South Korea and Japan. There are also passenger cruise liners that regularly run from Europe and Japan that travel to Tianjin.
By air, the Tianjin Binhai International Airport offers travellers routes that will reach most major Chinese cities, as well as those in Europe and the United States.
By train, the Tianjin Railway Station is quite large and accommodates many people travelling to numerous cities in China, such as Beijing, Shanghai and Xi’an.
A giant city, in terms of land and population, Tianjin is a rich destination with tremendous tourist appeal. With close to 12 million people, the city ranks third in China in urban population terms and just behind Beijing and Shanghai in size. As a result, Tianjin offers much to explore.
Like many massive urban centers in China, the city is a mix of old and new. Notable roots in traditional opera and cuisine, zen temples and ancient memorials vie for attention with the shiny glitz of New China. It all makes for one hearty and eclectic stew. Must-see attractions in Tianjin include Zhou Enlai Memorial Hall, Ancient Culture Street and the Temple of Great Compassion. The proximate Huangyaguan district offers brilliant scenery and Great Wall of China towers. Last but not least, no visit to Tianjin is complete without a shopping spree in the precincts of Heping Lu and Binjiang Dao.
- Temple of Great Compassion
- Zhou Enlai Memorial Hall
- Mount Panshan
- Boxer Rebellion Museum
- Wanghailou Church
- Spring Festival
- Lantern Festival
- Dragon Boat Festival
- Moon Festival
- Tianjin Teda FC
- Tianyi Fang
- Loong Yuen
- Royal Court
- Soho Bar
- Night Pearl
- Ali Baba's
With a humid continental climate, Tianjin suffers from some monsoon effects in summer and experiences relatively cold winters.
- Winter (December to February) -6-4°C
- Spring (March to May) 0-27°C
- Summer (June to September) 17-31°C
- Fall (October to November) 1-20°C
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