Ancient Culture Street
Ancient Culture Street is stuffed with vendors flogging Chinese calligraphy, paintings, tea sets, paper cuts, clay figurines, chops and...
On the western side of Gǔwénhuà Jiē is the fascinating Tiānhòu Temple. Tiānhòu (Heaven Queen), goddess of the sea, is also known as Mazu...
A Ming dynasty relic, it's worth poking around the Confucius Temple for its daily antiques market (Wénmiào Gǔwán Chéng) selling piles of...
Old Town information
Originally enclosed by a wall, Tiānjīn’s old town centres on the restored Drum Tower . Decorated with páilóu (ornate archways), the pedestrianised shopping street to the north of the Drum Tower is excellent for buying items such as calligraphy brushes, kites, paper cuts, snuff bottles, fans, silk, ceramics, jade, taichi swords, chops, jewellery, candy floss and sugarcane juice.
Opposite the Drum Tower you’ll find the Guǎngdōng Guild Hall , built in 1907 and also known as the Museum of Opera; it’s a lovely old ornate hall with lavishly carved woodwork and performances of traditional music from old-timers. The historic Confucius Temple is also nearby.