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Tianjin Beitang Ancient Town

Saturday, August 25th, 2012
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Plan Tianjin tour? Tianjin is a concrete book on modern history of China. The city of Tianjin has over 400 European style buildings or villas, which are lagacies of the concessions formerly owned by Britain, France, America, Itlay, Japan, Russia and more between 1860 and 1945. So most of the old foreign villas in Tianjin have gone through over 50 years. Tianjin is a place where westerners feel as if they are back home.

Now with the completion of the Beitang Ancient Town (officially known as “Bestown”) in the north of Binhai New District of Tianjin, Tianjin has added an interesting sight that brings you back to an ancient town gradually formed from 1403 in the early Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644). Beitang Town was an important military defence border town in Ming and Qing dynasties. Beitang Town produced the Beitang seafood that mainly supplied for the imperial courts in Beijing.

The new Beitang Ancient Town reproduces the prime time when Beitang Town served as the acropolis of the ancient Beijing city. The ancient tow has an area of 500,000 square meters and a construction area of 300,000 square meters. You will see the ancient city, inclduing temples, gardens, ancient streets and cannons. Over 60 stores have their outlets in the newly constructed ancient town, including Tianjin time-honored shops, traditional Tianjin food, colorful performances and many more activities.

The new Beitang Ancient Town was open to the public on May 01, 2012. It is located by Beitang Avenue, Beitang Economic Development Zone, Binhai New Area, Tianjin. Free admission. You may take Bus 520 from Tanggu to Beitang. Contact phone number: 022 65669199.

The city moat and the city wall surrounding the Beitang Ancient Town.

The city moat and the city wall surrounding the Beitang Ancient Town.

The strees of Beitang Ancient Town

The strees of Beitang Ancient Town

The city moat of Beitang Ancient Town

The city moat of Beitang Ancient Town

The streets are teemed with street front restaurants, shops and more.

The streets are teemed with street front restaurants, shops and more.

Water, bridges in Beitang Ancient Town

Water, bridges in Beitang Ancient Town

The entrance to the Ganlan Academy inside the ancient town.

The entrance to the Ganlan Academy

Like a private garden in Zhejiang Province. Walking on the city wall of Beitang Ancient Town.

Walking on the city wall of Beitang Ancient Town

Have a quick look at the town.

Have a quick look at the town.

Tip:  Hassle-free Tianjin Guided Tours

If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for Tianjin guided tours:

Tianjin Tour
Tianjin One Day Highlight Tour
Tianjin Huangyaguan Great Wall Tour
Tianjin Day Tour from Tianjin Port
Huangyaguan Great Wall Day Trip from Tianjin Port
Beijing Tianjin Round Trip Day Tour by Car or Van
Beijing Tianjin Round Trip Day Tour by Bullet Train
Tianjin 2 Day Highlight Tour
Tianjin Car Rental

Further Readings

Best time to visit Tianjin
Tianjin Cruise Port
Tianjin Cruise Terminal
Tanggu Taxi: Tanggu Taxi Fares, Tips and Phones
Beijing Tianjin expressway road trip
Tianjin Cruise Port Transfer
Tianjin Sightseeing
Top Things to Do Tianjin
Beijing Tianjin Tour
Home Port of Tianjin Port International Cruise
Xingang Coach Transfer
Xingang Port
Tianjin Port
Tianjin Port Map
Tanggu Railway Station
Tianjin Railway Station
Beijing South Railway Station
Tianjin Airport
Binhai New District

Boating on Haihe River
Dongjiang Bay Beach
Tianjin Beitang Ancient Town
Dynasty Wine and Chateau Dynasty

Any questions, just drop a line.

 

Dongjiang Bay Beach

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012
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If you visit visit Tianjin in summer, Dongjiang Bay Beach is highly recommended. Dongjiang Bay Beach is the largest man-made sand beach in China.

It is located in the tourism and leisure zone of Dongjiang Port Area, Tianjin Port in Binhai New District of Tianjin.

Dongjiang Bay Beach is about 25km to the north of Tanggu and 75km to the northeast of Tianjin downtown and 175km to the southeast of Beijing.

The artificial sand beach is 2km from north to south with a total area of 2.46 square km. The beach consists of man-made beach, yatch club, five star hotels, central square, swimming pool and residental blocks.

How to get there

1.From Tianjin, you take the city light rail train from Zhongshan Station (in Tianjin)to Tanggu, then take public bus 513 and get off at Dongjiang Bay Beach.
2.Self-drive Route: Drive along Jingjin Express, then Asia Road, Shanxi Road and you get to the beach.

Opening Hours

09:00 – 17:00, ticket selling time: 09:00
Entrance Fee
RMB 60
Children under 1.2 meters are free of Charge.
Peole over 70 years old will be free of Charge.
This is a signboard marking the major services offered by Dongjiang Bay Beach administration. 

This is a signboard marking the direction of the major services.

This booth sells some necessities like swimming clothes, swimming glasses, water and etc.

This booth sells some necessities

Dongjiang Bay Beach

Dongjiang Bay Beach

Important Notice on Swimming at Dongjiang Bay Beach

Important Notice on Swimming at Dongjiang Bay Beach

A 5 star hotel is under construction. Wicker chairs, and umbrella

A 5 star hotel is under construction. Wicker chairs, and umbrella

Yatch and beach

Yatch and beach

Taking marriage photos at Dongjiang Bay Beach

Taking marriage photos at Dongjiang Bay Beach

Swim Buoyancy and a naked boy playing at the beach

Swim Buoyancy and a naked boy playing at the beach

Totally immersed in running on the beach

Totally immersed in running on the beach

Two simple pavilions on the beach

Two simple pavilions on the beach

Kids are excited to be able to swim on the shellow Bohai Sea.

Kids are happy playing on the sea.

Hotline at Dongjiang Bay Beach: 022-25702169

Tip:  Hassle-free Tianjin Guided Tours

If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for Tianjin guided tours:

Tianjin Tour
Tianjin One Day Highlight Tour
Tianjin Huangyaguan Great Wall Tour
Tianjin Day Tour from Tianjin Port
Huangyaguan Great Wall Day Trip from Tianjin Port
Beijing Tianjin Round Trip Day Tour by Car or Van
Beijing Tianjin Round Trip Day Tour by Bullet Train
Tianjin 2 Day Highlight Tour
Tianjin Car Rental

Further Readings

Best time to visit Tianjin
Tianjin Cruise Port
Tianjin Cruise Terminal
Tanggu Taxi: Tanggu Taxi Fares, Tips and Phones
Beijing Tianjin expressway road trip
Tianjin Cruise Port Transfer
Tianjin Sightseeing
Top Things to Do Tianjin
Beijing Tianjin Tour
Home Port of Tianjin Port International Cruise
Xingang Coach Transfer
Xingang Port
Tianjin Port
Tianjin Port Map
Tanggu Railway Station
Tianjin Railway Station
Beijing South Railway Station
Tianjin Airport
Binhai New District

Boating on Haihe River
Dongjiang Bay Beach
Tianjin Beitang Ancient Town
Dynasty Wine and Chateau Dynasty

Any questions, just drop a line.

Boating on Haihe River

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012
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Plan your Tianjin tour? Don’t miss boating on Haihe River! As you know, Tianjin lies on the downstreams of nine rivers with crisscross river courses, hence the name of Water City in Northern China. The 72km Haihe River flows through the city of Tianjin and emptifies itself into the Bohai Sea at Tanggu of New Binhai District in Tianjin.

After all-round revamping and redevelopment, Haihe River has been beautified as a sightseeing and bsiness belt. Crusing on Haihe River gives you a chance to enjoy the spectacular views on the both sides of the river lined with historical buildings, modern highrises, hotels, shopping centers, restaurants and recreation units.

Now 20 pleasure boats run every day with three boating routes. The pleasure boats are operated by Tianjin Haihe River Boat Co.,Ltd. It started the Haihe River Cruise service on July 13, 2009. At the time of my writing, it operates three cruising routes with three ferry terminals. Below is the Timetable for Haihe River Boating:

Ancient Cultural Street Terminal (文化街码头)
Daytime Baoting Time: 09:00 – 16:30
Night Boating Time: 19:30 – 20:30

Dabei Temple Terminal (大悲院码头
Daytime Baoting Time: 09:30 – 15:30
Night Boating Time: 19:30 – 20:30

Tianjin Railway Station Terminal (天津站码头)
Daytime Baoting Time: 10:00 – 16:00
Night Boating Time: 19:30 – 20:30
Daytime Boating Ticket Price: CNY80 Per Person
Night Boating Ticket Price: CNY100 Per Person

Let’s boat on Haihe River!

We are boarding the boat from the ferry terminal of Tianjin Ancient Cutural Street. The Ancient Cultural Street is located in the northeast of Nankai District with its east adjacent to Zhang Zizhong Road along the Haihe River. This is Ancient Cultural Street Terminal.

This is Ancient Cultural Street Terminal.

We are boarding the pleasure boat.

We are boarding the pleasure boat.

The boat staff persons are standing at the boarding gate welcoming us.

The boat staff persons are standing at the boarding gate welcoming us

The boat can accommodate over 100 passengers.

The boat can accommodate over 100 passengers

The inside bow of the boat offers a better view of the outside illuminated sights

The inside bow of the boat offers a better view of the outside illuminated sights

At the stern of the boat, there is a staircase leading to the open deck of the boat with a fantastic views of the lit sights on both sides of the river.

We are passing under Yongle Bridge, over which the Eye of Tianjin (Ferris Wheel) is built. It has a diameter of 110 meters with 48 cabinets which can accommodate 384 persons at the same time. Visitoirs can enjoy the sights within 40km radius when the cabinet is rotated at the highest point, nearly the height of a 35-storey building. It is the only ferris wheel built on a bridge in the world.

the Eye of Tianjin (Ferris Wheel)

This is a stone boat known as Tianshifang (Sky Stone Boat) with 40 meters long and 6 meters wide, designed in the shape of a floating baot. It tells a story of an army crossing the Haihe River in Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644).

This is a stone boat known as Tianshifang (Sky Stone Boat)

This is Jingang Bridge over Haihe River.

This is Jingang Bridge over Haihe River

The monument to the Project of Bringing the Water of Luanhe River into Tianjin.

The monument to the Project of Bringing the Water of Luanhe River into Tianjin.

Shizilin Bridge (lions bridge), built in 1974, 97.6 meters long and 34 meters wide with lion sculptures.

Shizilin Bridge (lions bridge), built in 1974, 97.6 meters long and 34 meters wide

Haihe River Waterfront Terrace is located alongside the Ancient Cultural Street. A variety of folk events are held regularly in the place. This is Beian Bridge, a replica of the Pont Alexandre III over the Seine in Paris.

Jinwan Plaza is surrounded by the Haihe River to the east and north with buildings typical of moder Chinese and western styles. It is a high-level international business areas with elegant and trendy taste.

Jinwan Plaza is surrounded by the Haihe River

This is Dagu Bridge.

This is Dagu Bridge.

Tianjin was one of the first cities coming into contact with western civilization. Tianjin has kept a variety of foreign style buildings.

Tianjin has kept a variety of foreign style buildings

Tip:  Hassle-free Tianjin Guided Tours

If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for Tianjin guided tours:

Tianjin Tour
Tianjin One Day Highlight Tour
Tianjin Huangyaguan Great Wall Tour
Tianjin Day Tour from Tianjin Port
Huangyaguan Great Wall Day Trip from Tianjin Port
Beijing Tianjin Round Trip Day Tour by Car or Van
Beijing Tianjin Round Trip Day Tour by Bullet Train
Tianjin 2 Day Highlight Tour
Tianjin Car Rental

Further Readings

Best time to visit Tianjin
Tianjin Cruise Port
Tianjin Cruise Terminal
Tanggu Taxi: Tanggu Taxi Fares, Tips and Phones
Beijing Tianjin expressway road trip
Tianjin Cruise Port Transfer
Tianjin Sightseeing
Top Things to Do Tianjin
Beijing Tianjin Tour
Home Port of Tianjin Port International Cruise
Xingang Coach Transfer
Xingang Port
Tianjin Port
Tianjin Port Map
Tanggu Railway Station
Tianjin Railway Station
Beijing South Railway Station
Tianjin Airport
Binhai New District

Boating on Haihe River
Dongjiang Bay Beach
Tianjin Beitang Ancient Town
Dynasty Wine and Chateau Dynasty

Any questions, just drop a line.