Top things to do in Tianjin

Top Choice Museum in Tianjin

Tiānjīn Museum

Tiānjīn's premier cultural venue, this three-floor museum has over 200,000 pieces in its collection, ranging from oracle bones and an excellent inkstone exhibit to various artefacts and documents related specificall…
Buddhist Temple in Tianjin

Monastery of Deep Compassion

Tiānjīn’s most important Buddhist temple was built in three stages from 1436 to 1734. While most of the architecture has since been rebuilt, it's a very large and active place and an enthralling place to wander. Don…
Architecture in Tianjin

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 south along Jiefang Beilu to see original, imposing, hundred-y…
Temple in Tianjin

Tiānhòu 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 protector of sailors, she is also popularly known as Mazu and…
Bar in Tianjin

Ali Baba's

One of Tiānjīn's longest-running bars, this expat-friendly, slightly gritty student hang-out has an unlikely location hidden away in the middle of an apartment block – but it's ever popular. It offers food too.
Historic Building in Tianjin

Shi Family Residence

The marvellous Shi family residence is a vast warren of courtyards and enclosed gardens. Formerly belonging to a prosperous merchant family, the restored residence (originally built in 1875) contains a theatre and 2…
Market in Tianjin

Ancient Culture Street

Ancient Culture Street is stuffed with vendors flogging Chinese calligraphy, paintings, tea sets, paper cuts, clay figurines, chops and goods from all over China. The fascinating Tiānhòu Temple, Tiānjīn’s version of…
Historic Building in Tianjin

Guǎngdōng Guild Hall

The Guǎngdōng Guild Hall (1907) is one of the few buildings of any genuine age in the Old Town. It’s a lovely courtyard complex, centered on a beautiful, ornate, wooden hall where popular Peking opera performances a…
Dumplings in Tianjin

Gǒubùlǐ (main branch)

Tiānjīn’s most famous restaurant chain is a mixed bag. While the trademark bāozi (steamed dumplings) are big, juicy and delicious, locals will also tell you they’re overpriced (¥46 for eight). Nonetheless, it's been…
Confucian Temple in Tianjin

Confucius Temple

Tiānjīn'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 west side (dating from 1734). Although most everything has been…