Bijiang Dao is one of the busiest shopping street in Tianjin, located in the heart of the city. The street begins close to the bank of the Hai River (Tianjin Railway Station is on the side of the river) and extends in the direction of southwest. On the section of the street that is two kilometers in length one finds numerous retailing businesses, including upscale department stores and shops selling local goods. The origin of the street goes back to the late 19th century when Tianjin developed a important trade port in North China. Binjiang Dao means "Riverside Street" even though the street leaves off from rather than goes along the Hai River. Subway Line 3 runs along the street two blocks away.
Along with Beijing, Shanghai and Chongqing, Tianjin is one of the four cities in China directly managed by China's central government. The name of the city literally means "the emperor's ford," referring to critical location of the city on the Hai River. In the late 19th and early 20th century, Tianjin emerged as a leading trade port where Western interests grew considerable. Due to its proximity to Beijing the national capital, Tianjin has not accorded as attention as it deserves. The hidden beauty and rich culture of Tianjin remain to be discovered.
Binjiang Dao Shopping Street
Confucian Temple of Tianjin
The Confucian Temple of old Tianjin is located on Dongmennei Dajie, a short distance west of Traditional Culture Street (Gu Wenhua Jie). This was where traditionally Confucius the great Chinese philosopher was enshrined and honored - "Wen Miao" literally means "Temple of culture." Occupying 32 acres of land, The Confucian Temple is the largest extant traditional architectural complex in Tianjin.
One way to try out cuisines of different styles from various regions of China is to go to Shipin Jie (Cuisine Street) in Tianjin. This is actually a street but a traditional-mall that hosts over one hundred restaurants, each with its particular appeals. The Food Street is located in what used to be the Southern Market (Nanshi) of Tianjin.
Great Mercy Zen Temple (Da Bei Chan Yuan)
Great Mercy Zen Temple (Da Bei Chan Yuan) was originally founded in the Ming Dynasty, re-established in the Qing period. Located on the eastern side of the Hai River, this is the largest Buddhist temple in Tianjin today.
Great Wall at Huangyaguan
Huangyaguan Great Wall is located 135 km north of Tianjin. Built on the mountain range that runs through the region, this stretch of the Great Wall is 42 km in length, with 52 garrison towers and 14 beacon towers. Huangyaguan refers to Huangya Gate that is the central point of the defense system here. This part of the Great Wall was built in the Ming Dynasty. Administratively part of Tianjin Municipality, the area is actually a little closer to Beijing than Tianjin.
Hai River Park
Historically, the Hai River played an important role in the rise of Tianjin as an economic center. Ships from the sea sailed up the Hai River for about 50 km to arrive in Tianjin, where goods were unloaded and distributed. Today, strips of land along the Hai River offers have been turned into a park which provides nice views and opportunities for leisure and recreation. Cruise ships go up and down the stretch of the river in Tianjin and also all the way to the coast.
This was the Italian Concession in Tianjin in the old days, when foreign powers established their own settlements in various Chinese cities. Standing this part of Tianjin as reminders of the past are some Italian-style villas, which used to be Italian Consulate, Italian Barracks and residences of foreign and Chinese celebrities.
Pan Shan, Mt. Pan, is a scenic area located 115 km north of Tianjin 105 km east of Beijing. Known for its natural beauty as well as Buddhist legacy, Pan Shan makes a nice retreat destination for residents of Tianjin and Beijing surrounding areas.
Park on the Lakes
Shuishang Gongyuan (Park on the Lakes) is the largest park in Tianjin, comprising three lakes and 11 islands, 500 acres in total area. In the park there are pavilions, gardens, tea houses, fountains, multimedia displays, with plenty to do or see. The park is located in Nankai District, next to Tianjin Zoo and Tianjin TV and Radio Tower.
St. Joseph's Cathedral of Tianjin
In the late 19th and early 20th century Tianjin was a leading trading port of China, with a large foreign presence. Many Christian churches were built in the city, and the most famous is St. Joseph's Cathedral located at the intersection of Dushan Road and Xining Road, in an area that used to be a French settlement in Tianjin. Known as Xikai Jiaotang to the Chinese, the Cathedral was constructed in 1916, featuring a Romanesque style. It is the largest Catholic church in Tianjin and serves as the seat of the Tianjin Diocese. Close to where Subway Line 1 and Line 3 meet.
Tianjin TV and Radio Tower
Standing in the southwestern part of Tianjin, the Tianjin TV and Radio Tower (Tianjin Guangbo Dianshi Ta, also known as Tian Ta), provides a viewing platform for tourists to see Tianjin up in the air. The overall height of the tower is 412 meters and the viewing form is 270 meters above ground.
Traditional Culture Street in Tianjin
This is a street that presents traditional and folk culture in Tianjin. The street is located on the eastern edge of old Tianjin and on the western bank of the Hai River. The street lies between Tongbei Street in the north and Shuige Street in the south, which, along with a couple of streets nearby, make a neighborhood with a large number of shops specializing in traditional paintings, calligraphy, antiques and folk handicraft goods. In the middle section of the street there stands Tianhougong, Temple of Heavenly Mother, which was originally established in the 14th century to honor the guardian goddess of sailors working on the Hai River.