Must-see attractions in Tianjin

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    Tianjin Museum

    This impressive five-floor museum has over 200,000 pieces in its collection, ranging from oracle bones and an excellent inkstone exhibit to various…

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    Monastery of Deep Compassion

    Tianjin’s most important Buddhist temple – signposted as 'Dabei Temple' on street signs – was built in three stages from 1436 to 1734. While most of the…

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    Guangdong Guild Hall

    This charming guildhall, built in 1907, is one of the few buildings of any genuine age in the Old Town. It’s a lovely courtyard complex, centred on a…

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    Treaty Port Area

    South of the station across Liberation Bridge was the British concession. The rebuilt riverside facade is an impressive sight at night, but walk further…

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    Shi Family Residence

    The vast Shi Family Residence, 20km west of Tianijn, is an intriguing warren of courtyards and enclosed gardens. Formerly belonging to a prosperous…

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    Drum Tower

    Standing at the Old Town's centre is the large Drum Tower. It's a modern rebuild, but inside it contains some interesting photos of old Tianijn and you…

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    Minyuan Plaza

    The centrepiece of the Wudadao neighbourhood, Minyuan Plaza was rebuilt in 2012 on the site of a 90-year-old stadium that was originally designed by…

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    Tianhou Temple

    This busy temple, with its healthy mix of Taoist, Buddhist and Confucian deities, is dedicated to Tianhou (Empress of Heaven). Goddess of the sea and the…

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    Confucius Temple

    Tianjin's quiet Confucius Temple is actually a two-for-one, with the provincial temple on the east side (dating from 1436) and the county temple on the…

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    Folk Art Museum

    You know all those souvenirs for sale on the Ancient Culture Street? Well, this collection of handicrafts is the real deal – historic clothing, paintings,…

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    Italian Concession

    Tianjin's spruced-up Italian-style district, centred on Marco Polo Sq, is an attractive quarter for exploration, with Western restaurants, cafes and bars…

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    Chinese Shoe Culture Museum

    Shoes aren't everyone's cup of tea, but those into footwear should certainly take the time to drop by this quirky little place. It explores the history…

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    Tianjin Eye

    To get the city’s transformation in perspective, or for a night-time angle on Tianjin, ride this huge Ferris wheel straddling the Hai River.

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    Liberation Bridge

    This historic bridge opposite the Main Train Station was built in 1927.

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    China House

    Tianjin's tackiest sight by a long shot, China House is porcelain collector Zhang Lianzhi's ode to both porcelain and questionable taste. Vases and mosaic…

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    Former Residence of Eric Liddell

    Former home of Scotsman Eric Liddell, Olympic champion, rugby international and devout Christian. Liddell was born in Tianjin in 1902 and was the subject…

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    St Joseph’s Church

    Erected by the French in 1917, this domed Catholic church is the largest church in Tianjin. Its fine brick exterior is a marked contrast to the shopping…