City Guide - Tianjin


Tianjin has a long and illustrious history, from an ordinary fishing village to the most important trade center in Northern China. Tianjin was considered to be one of China's most important military fortresses in the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) due to its particular geographic location as access point to Beijing, the national capital. Its name "Tianjin" was graciously bestowed by the Emperor Zhudi in the early years of the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644). Tianjin means "the place where the emperor crossed the river". In 1860, after the First Opium War, Tianjin was further expanded to become the second largest business and communications center in the country. By the end of the 19th century, it had grown into a bustling center for international commerce.

Strolling in the streets, you may see vestiges of western architecture in many parts of the city. There still remain more than 1,000 buildings constructed during the period between the end of the 19th century and 1930's displaying eastern or western architectural styles. Take a walk along Jie Fang Bei Road, and the famous five great roads, etc., to find the relics of the colonial times.

Tianjin has had great importance politically, culturally and economically. There is so much to see, do and enjoy. Tianjin has rich tourism resources and three scenic spots have been set up and continuously perfected the downtown sightseeing spot along the Haihe River, the Tanggu seaside recreational area characterized by the Port of Tianjin and the Bohai Gulf, and the Jixian County sightseeing district famous for its mountains and historic relics.

Airport: Tianjin Binhai International Airport (TSN)

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Climate: Tianjin has a semi-humid continental climate in the warm Temperate Zone. With an annual average temperature of 12 degrees centigrade, and rainfall of 590 millimeters, it has 220 frost-free days per year. The average highest temperatures of the hottest months, July/August and lowest temperatures of the coldest month January range from 31 degrees Celsius and -8 degrees Celsius.

Something About Tianjin: Go Believe

Go Believe (Goubuli Bun) is a famous food of Tianjin. In 2008, it has adopted an English name "Go Believe" which sounds like its famous but bizarre Chinese brand Goubuli, "Dog wouldn't care it". With its fresh and delicious taste, Goubuli Bun is famous across China and even abroad, and Tianjin, Beijing and other cities have set up branch stores. Its high popularity is attributed to the fine materials, elaborate making, as well as unique skills in material selection, formula making, churning of materials, dough kneading and dough rolling. Furthermore, strict regulations have been set in the bun-making process that plaits on the buns should be symmetrical and the number of plaints on every bun should not less than 15. In virtue of these standards, the piping hot stuffed buns are uniform in shape, white, tender, fat but not greasy, as well as fresh and tasty, and thereby have been being popular among both Chinese and foreigners.

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