Located alongside the Haihe River, Tianjin, with the help of the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal, enjoys an easy access to the Yellow River and the Yangtze River. Tianjin Port, situated in the Bohai Gulf, is the largest artificial port on the mainland of China. Surrounded by Hebei Province to the north, the south and the west by Bohai Sea to the east, Tianjin finds Beijing to its northwest.
Tianjin consists of 15 municipal districts (among which Binhai New Area enjoys the status of a deputy province) and 1 municipal County (namely, Jixian County). The municipal districts are divided into the central districts, the urban ring and the outer suburbs. Binhai New Area, a state-level new area as a result of a regional integration of the former Tanggu District, Han’gu District and Dagang District as well as Tianjin Economic and Technological Development Area (TEDA), is a national pilot area to conduct the integrated matching reform. As the northern gate opening to the outside world, Binhai New Area, a base of high-level modern manufacturing and a base of modern research, development and conversion, serves as a northern international shipping center and a logistics center and an ecologically habitable area as well.
The Central Districts (6): Heping District, Hexi District, Nankai District, Hedong District, Hebei District and Hongqiao District.The Urban Ring (4): Dongli District, Jinnan District, Xiqing District, Beichen District The Outer Suburbs (5): Wuqing District, Baodi District, Jixian County, Ninghe Area, Jinghai District，A District Enjoying the Status of a Deputy Province: Binhai New Area.
Tianjin is located in Bohai rim, close to the capital of China, Beijing, and is well connected with major cities such as Shanghai, Guangzhou etc. It’s a railway hub connecting south and north China, from where you can go to many metropolis conveniently. There are high-speed trains to Beijing and Shanghai. Besides, Tianjin Binhai International Airport offers many lines to many Chinese cities and foreign countries.
Tianjin Binhai International Airport: Located in Dongli District, Tianjin Binhai International Airport lies 13 kilometers away from the city proper of Tianjin, 30 kilometers away from Tianjin Port and 134 kilometers away from Beijing. Of the two terminals, T1 is designated for the international flights and T2 the domestic flights. Within the Airport there are luggage storage, banking service and postal service.
Means to Reach the Airport:A. By Metro: Metro Line Two reaches right there. B. Shuttle Buses at the Bus Terminals are: From Airport to Tianjin Railway Station (every half an hour).From Airport through Hebei Passengers Terminal to Jinyu Passengers Terminal (every hour).From Airport through Passengers Terminal of Tianjin West Railway Station to Tianhuan Passengers Terminal (every hour).Tianjin - Beijing: There are intercity high-speed trains between Tianjin and Beijing, which takes 33 minutes. The train goes about every 10 minutes, which is very convenient. The first-class seat is RMB 65.5 yuan, and the second-class seat, RMB 54.5 yuan.
Tianjin- Shanghai:There are high-speed trains between Tianjin and Shanghai, which takes about 5 hours. The first-class seat is about RMB 800 yuan, and the second-class seat, RMB 500 yuan. There is direct flight from Tianjin to Shanghai, and marketing price of the ticket is about RMB 600 yuan, but by discount you can easily get it at around just RMB 200-300 yuan. There are currently 4 metro lines in Tianjin which can all be transferred to at their transfer stations. Metro Lines 1, 2, 3 run through the city proper of Tianjin while Line 9 also called Tianjin-Binhai Light Rail connects TEDA and the city proper with a total length of 52.759 km.
There are many traffic modes in Tianjin, such as bus, subway, light rail, taxi, etc.List of Main Stations in Tianjin:
Tianjin Railway Station (Tianjin Station or East Station for short)。Located to the northern bank of Haihe River at the junction of Hebei District and Hedong District, Tianjin Railway Station, commonly known as Tianjin East Station, was built in 1888 (the fourteenth year during Guangxu’s reign of the Qing dynasty) and is one of the most important railway stations in Tianjin at present. And the Beijing-Tianjin Intercity Trains start there. Within the Station passengers can do tickets booking, luggage and parcel shipping.Tianjin Railway Station as a huge transport hub connects the railway, the metro, the light rail, buses, taxis and it offers a convenient transfer among Metro Lines 2, 3 and 9.Location: No.1, Xinwei Lu, Hebei District, Tianjin (at the junction of Xinwei Lu and Haihe Donglu)
Means to Reach Tianjin Railway Stationa. By Metro: A 690-meter walk from Hexi Campus to Caijing Daxue station finds Metro Line One before stopping at Yingkou Dao station for a transfer to Metro Line 3 which reaches Jinwan Guangchang station before taking a 820-meter walk to find it. b. By Bus: Bus No. 808 opposite the Main Gate reaches right there.
Tianjin West Railway Station:Situated in Hongqiao District, it holds Beijing-Shanghai Railway, Beijing-Shanghai high-speed rail link, Tianjin-Baoding railway, Tianjin-Qinhuangdao passengers’ line, etc. Location: Xi Malu, Beiyingmen, Hongqiao District, Tianjin.Means to Reach Tianjin Western Railway Station:By Metro: a 690-meter walk from Hexi Campus to Caijing Daxue station finds Metro Line One before stopping at Xizhan station.
Tanggu Railway Station:Situated in Binhai New Area, it serves passengers by tickets selling, luggage and parcel shipping. And Beijing-Tianjin Intercity Trains travels through it. Location: No. 2543, Dalian Dao, Binhai New Area, Tianjin.Means to Reach Tanggu Railway Station:By bus: a 710-meter walk from TEDA Campus to Keji Daxue stop finds Bus No.835 before stopping at Tanggu Railway Station.
Binhai Station:The largest railway station on the ground in Binhai New Area, it is one of the four main passenger transport hubs in Tianjin and the other three are Tianjin Railway Station, Tianjin West Railway Station and Yujiapu Station.Location: Beside Jinhai Hu, Haiyang Gaoxinqu, Binhai New Area, Tianjin.Means to Reach Binhai Station:By bus: a 710-meter walk from TEDA Campus to Keji Daxue stop finds Bus No.651 or No.835 before stopping at Jiaojing Suidadui station before a 280-meter walk to Baihe Lu stop where Bus No.934 can reach Binhai Railway Station.
Yujiapu Station.Located at the northern part of Yujiapu Financial District, Binhai New Area, it owns a main structure composed of one floor on the ground and three underground floors with a total yard for 3 platforms with 6 lines to connect the urban rail transit with the public transport. So it serves as a comprehensive transport hub to unite together the transport and production, the passenger services and the municipal public facilities, where passengers can easily transfer among metro lines, buses and railways.
As the world’s biggest and deepest underground high-speed station room, Yujiapu Station has the world’s first large-span single-layer geodesic dome made of a steel structure. It was delivered on August 8, 2015 to Beijing Railway Bureau and was officially opened to traffic on September 20, 2015. The completion of Yujiapu Station marked a beginning to link Beijing, Tianjin and Binhai New Area with a fast-track and the travel time from Beijing South Station and Tianjin to Yujiapu is shortened to 60 minutes and 21 minutes respectively.Location: at the northern part of Yujiapu Central Financial District, Binhai New Area, Tianjin
Means to Reach Yujiapu Station:By bus: a 710-meter walk from TEDA Campus to Keji Daxue stop finds Bus No.651 or No.835 before stopping at Jiaojing Sidadui and a transfer to Bus No. 519 stops at Gong’an Jie before a 650-meter walk to find it.
Location: On Yongle Bridge, Sancha River estuary, Hongqiang District, Tianjin.How to Get There: A 210-meter walk from Hexi compus finds Xueyuan Lu opposite the main gate from where Bus No.855 stops at Santiaoshi before a 739 meter to find it.“Tianjin Eye” is a ferris wheel on Yongle Bridge, which is the only one built on a bridge in the world. The diameter is 110 meters. When it reaches the highest point, it’s high above ground 120 meters, which is equal to a 35-floor building. From the highest point, you can see the scenery within 40 kilometers.
Haihe River Landscape:“Haihe River Scenery” starts from Sanchakou, and ends by Guangming Bridge, which across the prosperous downtown area, including the scenery of “Haihe Garden”, famous Wanghailou Church, majestic Tianjin Station, etc.How to Get There:a. A 210-meter walk from Hexi compus finds Xueyuan Lu opposite the main gate from where Bus No.605 stops at Jinta before a 301-meter to find it.b. A 690-meter walk from Hexi campus to Caijing Daxue station finds Metro Line One before stopping at Anshan Dao station for an exit through D and then a 1813-meter walk can find it.
Tianjin MuseumLocation:No.31, Youyi Lu, Hexi District, Tianjin (near Pingjiang Dao).How to Get There: A 210-meter walk from Hexi compus finds Xueyuan Lu opposite the main gate from where Bus No.655/835 stops at Tianjin Museum to find it.“Tianjin Museum” is a comprehensive museum of history and art, which covers 64,003 square meters. It collects Chinese historical art works and documents. There are 200,000 collections such as bronze ware, chinaware, calligraphy, painting, jade, currency, stamp, etc. Besides, there are 200,000 documents.
Wudadao of Tianjin:Location: No. 79, Chongqing Dao, Heping District, Tianjin.How to Get There: A 210-meter walk from Hexi Camps finds Xueyuan Lu opposite the main gate from where Bus No.855 stops at Ertong Yiyuan (Children’s Hospital of Tianjin) before a 770-meter walk to find it.Wudadao of Tianjin (which literally means “five avenues”) as a whole finds itself in the southern part of the city proper of Tianjin. The whole area erects more than 200 garden-style buildings of European flavor, constructed mostly in the 1930s. With the former residence of the celebrity, the number amounts to a 300-odd, which wins its name “A World Architecture Expo”. “Five Avenues” locates in the original British concession. The most attractive scenery is the European buildings of all kinds of styles. There are 230 buildings of British-style, French-style, Italian-style, German-style, Spanish-style, etc. Besides, there are also 50 former residences of social celebrities. That’s why it is called “Exposition of World Buildings”.
Jifang Beilu Financial Street of Tianjin:Location: Jiefang Beilu, Heping District, Tianjin.How to Get There: A 210-meter walk from Hexi Camps finds Xueyuan Lu opposite the main gate from where Bus No.808 stops at Rongshan Xili before a 840-meter walk to find it.Jiefang Beilu Financial Street of Tianjin used to be lined with foreign firms, for which it was once called in history “the Oriental Wall Street”. Today, what easily comes into view are many financial institutions there. Along the Street stands many century-old historical buildings, from which tourists can know more about Tianjin and the developmental process of China’s financial sector as well.
Jinwan Plaza of Tianjin:Location: No.48, Jiefang Beilu, Heping District, Tianjin.How to Get There: A 210-meter walk from Hexi Camps finds Xueyuan Lu opposite the main gate from where Bus No.808 stops at Tianjin Zhan (Tianjin Railway Station) before a south-going 1000-meter walk to find it.Jinwan Plaza of Tianjin, a collection of European-style buildings located along the southern bank of Haihe River in Heping District, closely neighbors Haihe River and faces Tianjin Railway Station. Surrounded by Haihe River to the east and to the north, overlooking Jiefang Beilu to the west, situated within the Italian Architecture Zone, the Plaza possesses an architectural style that well matches the historical buildings within the former concessions, making it the landmark of the City of Tianjin.The beauty of Jinwan Plaza can be easily appreciated from various perspectives, but the most poetic comes from the sky above and the roof above. A bird’s-eye view from top reveals a symphony composed of rhythmic notes and a panorama dotted by diversity among regularity.
Italian Architecture Zone of Tianjin:Location: Guangfu Dao, Hebei District, Tianjin (covering an area extended to Shengli Lu to the west and to Wujing Lu to the east).How to Get There: A 210-meter walk from Hexi Camps finds Xueyuan Lu opposite the main gate from where Bus No.808 stops at Tianjin Zhan (Tianjin Railway Station) before a north-going 1000-meter walk to find it. Italian Architecture Zone of Tianjin, located in the former Italian concessions in Hebei District, is a square marked by Wujing Lu, Bohai Lu, Shengli Lu and Jianguo Dao to its four directions. As the largest collection of Italian style buildings outside Italy, the Zone keeps a number of nearly 200 intact buildings of European style.Italian Architecture Zone with its intense Italian flavor will be transformed into an integrated functional area to do tourism, commercial trading, leisure and entertaining activities, and cultural fair events. Over the three seasons of spring, summer and autumn, Xinyi Street in this former Italian concession turns out to be a nightless town. Within the Zone stands the former residence of Liang Qichao, Cao Yu, Li Shutong, Yuan Shikai and Feng Guozhang, etc.
Ancient Culture Street of Tianjin:Location: at the crossroad between Tongbei Lu and Dong Malu, Nankai District, Tianjin.How to Get There: A 210-meter walk from Hexi Camps finds Xueyuan Lu opposite the main gate from where Bus No.962 stops at Chengxiang Donglu before a 810-meter walk to find it.Ancient Culture Street of Tianjin, located outside Dongmen of Dongbei Jiao, Nankai District and neighboring Hehai River, is a commercial pedestrian street and a scenic spot with a five-star grade. Ranking among the top ten scenic spots of Tianjin, the Street always adhere to its special theme of “Chinese Flavour with a Cultural and Antique Taste of Tianjin”. With its one hundred or so traditional business operators, the Street holds many time-honored business shops dealing with different folk handicrafts such as Goubuli Baozi (steamed dumplings), Erduoyan Zhagao (fried cakes), Jianbing Guozi (pancakes with fried dough), Laozhai Yaotang (sugar medicine), Tianjin Mahua (fried twisted dough), etc. And within it stands such tourist attractions as the Palace of Heavenly Queen. There are all kinds of arts and crafts from everywhere of China in the “Ancient Culture Street”. Among them, Yangliuqing New Year Painting, “Clay Figurine Zhang”’s clay figure, and Kite Wei’s kite are very famous for their Tianjin local culture.
Water Park of Tianjin.Location:No.33, Shuishang Gongyuan Beilu, Nankai District, Tianjin.How to Get There: A 210-meter walk from Hexi Camps finds Xueyuan Lu opposite the main gate from where Bus No.686 stops at Tianta before a 580-meter walk to find it.Water Park of Tianjin, built in 1950 and covering an area of 165.68 hectares is one of the largest parks of Tianjin with facilities of different kinds. Water Park excels in its water surface which accounts for about 89.3 hectares with its weeping willows and pretty lotus flowers combined with such water activities as boating, yachting, and dragon boating. Bonsai arts of both Chinese and western styles are on display and Bibo Zhuang, Mengzhu Yuan are built up there.
TV Tower of Tianjin.Location:No.1, Weijin Nanlu, Nankai District, Tianjin.How to Get There: A 210-meter walk from Hexi Camps finds Xueyuan Lu opposite the main gate from where Bus No.686 stops at Tianta (TV Tower of Tianjin) to find it.TV Tower of Tianjin, completed in October 1991 with a total height of 415.2 meters, covers an area of 30 square meters among which 70% is water. As a pavilion-type tower with a parabolic-shaped body and a disc-like top building, the Tower makes a very spectacular scene. Within the top building stands an observation hall and a revolving restaurant where the changing landscape outside the window can be enjoyed with ease.
Olympic Center of Tianjin:Location: Binshui Xidao, Nankai District, Tianjin.How to Get There: A 210-meter walk from Hexi Camps finds Xueyuan Lu opposite the main gate from where Bus No.835 stops at Tiyu Zhongxin Beizhan before a 100-meter walk to find it.Olympic Center of Tianjin, built alongside water, establishes itself the world’s only stadium erected on water, so its nickname “water-drop”. Covering an area of 78,000 hectares, the Center houses 60,000 fixed seats. Started in August 2003 for construction, completed in 2006 and designed by Japan’s Sato, the whole building highly embodies the three Olympic spirit: to be green, to be scientific and to be humanistic.
Cultural Center of Tianjin:Location: No.961, Dagu Nanlu, Hexi District, Tianjin.How to Get There: A 210-meter walk from Hexi Camps finds Xueyuan Lu opposite the main gate from where Bus No.686 or Bus No.655 stops at Wenhua Zhongxin Tushuguan before a 200-meter walk to find it.Cultural Center of Tianjin, located in Hexi District, gets besieged around by Library of Tianjin, Natural Museum of Tianjin, Fine Arts Museum of Tianjin, Tianjin Grand Theater, Activity Center for the Young of Tianjin, Galaxy Shopping Mall of Tianjin, the Ecological Island, etc.
Joy City of Tianjin.Location:at the crossroad between Nanmenwai Dajie and Nan Malu.How to Get There:a. A 210-meter walk from Hexi Camps finds Xueyuan Lu opposite the main gate from where Bus No.855 stops at Shenyi Dajie before a 230-meter walk to find it.b. A 690-meter walk from Hexi campus to Caijing Daxue station finds Metro Line One before stopping at Erwei Lu station for an exit through A and then a 970-meter walk can find it. Joy City of Tianjin located in Nankai District is a shopping mall where to enjoy shopping, dining and wining, and entertainment.
Yachting Tour on Haihe River:a. Sightseeing on Haihe River: A Water Journey to Enjoy Beauty.Three Terminals: At the Ancient Culture Street, Tianjin Railway Station and Dabei Yuan respectively.The Route: A journey to and fro from the Eye of Tianjin to Jiefang Qiao (50 minutes).Price: It costs 80 yuan for each adult while kids under 1.2 m are free and kids between 1.2 m to 1.4 m can pay 40 yuan.b. A Night Tour on Haihe River: A Water Journey to Enjoy Night Beauty.Three Terminals: At the Ancient Culture Street, Tianjin Railway Station and Dabei Yuan respectively.The Route: A journey to and fro from The Eye of Tianjin to Jiefang Qiao (50 minutes). Price: It costs 100 yuan for each adult while kids under 1.2 m are free and kids between 1.2 m to 1.4 m can pay 50 yuan.c. A Sea Tour of Tianjin Port: A Double-decked Luxurious Yacht Journey to Enjoy Industrial Beauty and Admire Fruitful Achievements.The Terminal: No.191, Bohai Shiyou Lu, Tanggu District, Tianjin (beside Xingang ship lock).Price: It costs 50 yuan for each individual.
Binjiang Road Pedestrian Street:Location: No.154 Binjiang Dao, Shanxi Road, Heping District, Tianjin.How to Get There: A 690-meter walk from Hexi campus to Caijing Daxue station finds Metro Line One before stopping at Yingkou Dao station for an exit through A and then a 509 meter walk can find it.Binjiang Road is the busiest commercial pedestrian street of Tianjin, lasting for 2094 meters. It’s the center of business, catering, and services, and the expo of the latest trend and international brand store.
Goubuli Baozi (steamed dumplings):Goubuli Baozi Restaurant with a century’s history used to be known as “Jude Hao”. Since its founder Gao Guiyou whose pet name was Gouzi (which literally means “puppy”) was too busy to talk to customers while attending to them, people who visited his restaurant joked about his ignoring his customers by saying “Gouzi ignores us while selling Baozi”, so came the name “Gou Bu Li” (which literally means “Gouzi ignores us”) which got so popular that its original names was forgotten gradually. As a Tianjin specialty, Goubuli was well-accepted not only by Queen Cixi of the Qing Dynasty in the past and is well-taken by tourists from all over the world at present.
Erduoyan Zhagao (fried cakes):It was started during Guangxu’s reign of the Qing Dynasty by Liu Wanchun who rented a narrow place located at Erduoyan Hutong outside the north gate. This fried cake with a golden appearance and tasty fillings agree with human appetite very much.
Shibajie Mahua (fried twisted dough):The late Qing Dynasty saw a man called Liu Laoba having opened a small shop called “Gui Fa Xiang” to sell fried twisted dough on a narrow lane named Shibajie. This smart and able businessman made a different fried twisted dough by adding a lot of fillings made of osmanthus, sesame, green and red silk-like decorations and rock sugar. And that’s what is to be called “Gui Fa Xiang Mahua” afterwords famous for its crispness and tastiness.