Tianjin (or “Jin”) is the largest metropolis in northern coastal China. It is one of China’s national central cities, which means that it is a city in charge of infrastructure, financial services, social services, education, and more. Tianjin is a major seaport city and a gateway into mainland China and Beijing. You can fly straight into Tianjin at the Binhai International Airport; transportation around the city and outlying areas is incredible easy.
The city was first settled under the Sui dynasty in the early 7th century AD. It became a trade centre after the building of the Grand Canal. Until the Qing dynasty in the 18th century, Tianjin was merely a city where goods were traded; it became a prefecture in the late 18th century and later a treaty port and open to foreign trade. The city was occupied by the Japanese during both the second Sino-Japanese War and World War II. Today, it is one of China’s largest industrial cities.
In the time leading up to WWII, Tianjin was occupied by nine different countries, and because of that there are a multitude of exotic villas. The architecture is only one reason to visit Tianjin. You can also visit several different temples, fortifications, and museums. Despite Tianjin being a powerful Chinese city, there are only a few hostels (“su-she” or “宿舍”) in town. These hostels can be found in and around the city centre, near the main shopping and business districts. There are also a couple of hostels in the outskirts of town by the ports, but they will be much more difficult to get to, and there isn’t much to do near them.
Nearby, but not in the city, is a portion of the Great Wall of China. The Huangya Pass is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Tianjin and if you don’t have your own transport, you will still be able to get out here. Climbing Mount Panshan is another option if you are keen to explore outside of the city.
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