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-like shards are embedded in every conceivable vertical surface here, making for a truly bizarre facade. Snap your requisite selfie from the outside and move on – the interior is essentially more of the same.

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Nearby Tianjin attractions

1. Treaty Port Area

0.47 MILES

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

3. Liberation Bridge

0.59 MILES

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

4. 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…

5. Italian Concession

0.73 MILES

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

6. Former Residence of Eric Liddell

0.81 MILES

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

7. Minyuan Plaza

0.88 MILES

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…

8. Chinese Shoe Culture Museum

1.33 MILES

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…