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Top 5 tourist spots in Tianjin

By Zhiyu Wang

December 2

Tianjin, just a half-hour train ride from Beijing, features far more than just colonial-era buildings.

Tianjin, just a half-hour train ride from Beijing, features far more than just colonial-era buildings.

Tianjin is one of China’s five national central cities. Its history goes back to 1725. The opening of the Grand Canal of China during the Sui Dynasty began the city’s development into a trading center. Here are five places we recommend you visit.

1. The Tianjin Eye

Tianjin Eye [Image Credit: VCG]
Tianjin Eye [Image Credit: VCG]
The Tianjin Eye is a 120m tall giant Ferris wheel built above the Hai River. It got its name because it resembles a giant eye. It has 64 capsules which take 40 minutes to do a 360 degree ride.

2.Tianjin Italian Town

A bell tower in Tianjin Italian Town [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/ Zhang Jian]
A bell tower in Tianjin Italian Town [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/ Zhang Jian]
Located in the business area of the city, the well-preserved district is infused with Italian culture. Among the buildings, the most famous are the residences of Liang Qichao, Feng Guozhang and Cao Yu, all famous figures in Chinese history.

3. Tianjin Ancient Culture Street

Tianjin Ancient Culture Street [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn./ Wang Chen]
Ancient Culture Street [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn./ Wang Chen]
The Ancient Culture Street has Qing style architecture and the famous Tian Hou Temple(天后宫)in the center of the street. The most famous buildings are Yangliuqing gallery and an exhibition house of Clay Figure Zhang. (A traditional figure made with clay, and the most famous shop is called Zhang’s.)

4. The Five Avenues

The Five Avenues [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn./ Song Dapeng]
The Five Avenues [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn./ Song Dapeng]
Located in the south of downtown, the Five Avenues area is renowned for colorful architecture with styles ranging from the Renaissance, Greek, Gothic and Romantic. It was popular with celebrities during the Republic of China era.

5. The Hai River

The Hai River [Image Credit: VCG]
The Hai River [Image Credit: VCG]
The Hai River is the most important rivers in the city for its transport function and as a water supply. It is also famous for its night scene. You can rent a boat and enjoy the beauty of the city and watch brightly-lit buildings along the riverside.

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