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Top Choice Museum in Tiānjīn

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 Tiānjīn

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 Tiānjīn

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 Tiānjīn

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 Tiānjīn

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 Tiānjīn

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…
Historic Building in Tiānjīn

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 Tiānjīn

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 Tiānjīn

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…
Stadium in Tiānjīn

Mínyuán Plaza

The centrepiece of the Wǔdàdào neighbourhood, Mínyuán Plaza was rebuilt in 2012 on the site of a 90-year-old stadium that was originally designed by former British Olympian Eric Liddell. It now functions as a giant …