Top Things to Do in Tianjin Tianjin,the port for Beijing,137 kilometres southeast of Beijing,borders on the Bohai Sea in the east. The city gradually took shape in the 12th century when more and more settlements were established.It was a county town in the Qing Dynasty and became a municipality in 1928.
The climate of Tianjin is a temperate, continental-type monsoon climate with the four seasons distinct from one another. The mean temperature of the year is 12.2"c with that of January being -4"c and that of July 26.8"c. The average annual rainfall is 559.1mm., most of which is concentrate in summer. In winter, the port is frozen over for 80 days. Tianjin is a place for both business and leisure traveller.
The Hai River
The Hai River flows through the busiest center of Tianjin city. Along the river, visitors can enjoy the skylines of the modern city as well as the western style buildings built between 1860 and 1940. Among them, you can find the two world-famous grandeur buildings: the Wanghailou Church and the Tianjin Railway Station. The church was first constructed in 1869, a relic of well preserved , having important value in Chinese modern history. Tianjin Railway Station was first constructed in 1888 and rebuilt in 1987.
Notre Dame des Victories
Notre Dame des Victoires is situated on the northern bank of the Hai River in the northwest of the Tianjin City. It is a high cathedral. It was built in 1869 after Catholicism was introduced to Tianjin. The former structure was destroyed and later constructed for many times. The last large destruction happened in 1976 during the Tangshan earthquake. It was rebuilt in 1983. In comparation to the Catholic church farther south, this clean and simple looking compound is open to the public only on Sunday, when a morning service is held. The church is a state-level protection relic since 1988.
Ancient Culture Street
After having a short stroll southwest of the Notre Dame des Victoires, you will come across by an arch, the entrance to the Ancient Culture Street (Gu wenhua jie). Similar to the cutural streets in Beijing, like the famous Liulichang, it shows the local government's effort to rebuild an ancient Chinese street of the 19th century in modern Tianjin. Although everything here is not original, you can still enjoy the balconies and columns of the red with unique structure."Antiques" here are not cheap, but if you are good at bargaining, you can still find some good stuff at a good price. Some good stores worth mentioning are the Nirenzhang Clay Figurine Shop, Yangliuqing New Year Poster Shop and Tianyige Four Chinese Writing Tools Shop.
Tianhou Temple (Tianhou gong)
Next to the street is the Tianhou Temple (Tianhou gong). The temple is in commemoration to the Goddess of the sea. The temple was first built in 1326 AD in a hope of protection for Tianjin's oceangoing population. Since then the temple has been reconstructed for several times.
Dagu Fort (Dagu paotai), standing on the southern bank of the Hai River. It is about 60 kilometers away southeast of the Tianjin proper. Formerly there were forts on both sides of the river constructed in the sixteenth century, but in 1901, the one on the northern bank was dismantled. The present one was first constructed in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 AD) and had a number of renovations in the Qing Period (1644-1911 AD). Today the fort is an attractive site for a day trip to Tianjin, about 60km away from the city proper in a town named Tanggu.
It is situated in the northwestern section of Tianjin city. The Great Mosque is a good showcase of Chinese Muslim architecture. The compound was first built in 1644 during the Qing Dynasty. The mosque is comprised of four main structures: the screen wall, the front hall, the praying hall and the preaching hall. Today the mosque is an active site of worship for Tianjin's Muslim community.
Zhou Enlai - Deng Yingchao Museum
Zhou Enlai, an outstanding founder of the Chinese Communist Party, studied in Tianjin in his youth time. He was born on March 5,1898, in Huai'an, Jiangsu Province. He studied at Nankai University in Tianjin and later in Paris, where he took part in the Chinese Socialist Youth League. ZhouEnlai was the first premier of People's Republic of China. he held the post for 26 years till his death on January 8, 1976. He is proudly considered as a son of Tianjin. He is respected as a hero of the Chinese revolution. His wife, Deng Yingchao is also revered for her devotion to women's liberation. The museum shows the history of their lives and lifelong partnership.
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