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Nine must-visit places in Tianjin

Editor: zhenglimin 丨China Daily

05-08-2017 20:04 BJT

As one of China's four municipalities directly under the Central Government, Tianjin is the largest port city in Northern China.

Tianjin has historically been an important port and doorway to Beijing, being 120 kilometers away from the capital. By boarding on a bullet train at the Beijing Southern Railway Station, it now only takes around 40 minutes to get there.

The blend of Chinese and Western cultures also forms Tianjin's distinctive tourism resources. Listed as one of the first groups of outstanding tourist cities in China, Tianjin never loses its appeal to visitors– from mountains, rivers, lakes and the sea to springs, wetlands and local delicacies.

Here are nine of the top places to visit in the city.

A night view of the Haihe River at the Tianjin Eye (center). [Photo by Li Hailiang/provided to chindaily.com.cn]

A night view of the Haihe River at the Tianjin Eye (center). [Photo by Li Hailiang/provided to chindaily.com.cn]

1. Haihe River

As the mother river and symbol of Tianjin, the Haihe River, 72 kilometers long, runs through the city and out to the Bohai Sea.

A total of 21 bridges stand over the Haihe River and each constitutes scenic attraction, forming a distinctive bridge culture throughout the region. Rising over the spectacular Yongle Bridge is the Tianjin Eye, an iconic ferris wheel which lights up the city every night.

- Experiencing local culture:

2. Five Big Avenues: A hub of international architecture

People tour around the Five Big Avenues in Tianjin on April 24, 2017. [Photo by Li Ping/chindaily.com.cn]

People tour around the Five Big Avenues in Tianjin on April 24, 2017. [Photo by Li Ping/chindaily.com.cn]

Wudadao, known as the Five Big Avenues, is an international architecture exposition in Tianjin, with about 2,000 villas in various Western styles, built in the 1920s and 1930s.

More than 300 late residences of historical figures are located in the area, including former Olympic champion Li Airui, late president of the United States Herbert Clark Hoover, and former US Secretary of State George Marshall.

For history lovers, dropping in a visit to the Historical Museum of the Five Avenues helps to get an overall understanding of the history of the area, and also a closer look at about 1,000 items used by the prominent residents who lived in the buildings.

If you go:

64 Chongqing Road, Heping district. 022-23307222

Ticket: 30 yuan ($4)

3. The Taida Aircraft Carrier Theme Park

A panorama photo of the Taida Aircraft Carrier Theme Park.[Photo by Li Ping/chinadaily.com.cn]

A panorama photo of the Taida Aircraft Carrier Theme Park.[Photo by Li Ping/chinadaily.com.cn]

As a national 4A level tourist attraction, the Taida Aircraft Carrier Theme Park is a large military amusement park located in the Binhai New Area.

The area integrates marine military culture and Russian culture, with Kiev, the retired aircraft carrier from the Russian navy, being the park's biggest drawcard.

Over the past ten years, the tourist attraction has seen an increasing number of visitors. During the three-day Qingming Festival in April 2017, more than 40,000 people visited the park, a 20 percent increase compared to the same time last year, which also set a new record in history.

If you go:

269 Hanbei Road, Tianjin Binhai New Area. 022-67288899

Ticket: 220 yuan ($30)

4. Cross talk tea houses

People watch a cross talk show at the Celebrities Tea House in Tianjin, April 25, 2017. [Photo by Li Ping/chinadaily.com.cn]

People watch a cross talk show at the Celebrities Tea House in Tianjin, April 25, 2017. [Photo by Li Ping/chinadaily.com.cn]

For Tianjin locals, sitting in a tea house enjoying cross talk shows while eating sunflower seeds and sipping tea is a common form of entertainment at night.

The Mingliu Tea House, also known as the Celebrities Tea House, is one of such a kind, covering cross talk performances every day.

The entertainment hub was first built in 1991, and was schemed and designed by the wife of a Chinese literary giant, Lao She. The plaque of the teahouse was also personally inscribed by Ma Sanli, a famous Chinese crosstalk artist.

If you go:

Xinhua Road branch: 177 Xinhua Road, Heping district. 022-27116382

Ancient Cultural Street branch: 2F, Main Street of the Ancient Culture Street, Nankai district.022-27286420

Duolun Road branch: 1F, Tongfang Garden, Duolun Road, Heping district. 022-27301458

Ticket: 80 yuan ($12)

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