What to do and see in Tianjin, China: The Best Places and Tips

February 11, 2018 Oliva Fomby

Tianjin ([tʰjɛ́n.tɕín] ( listen)), formerly known in English as Tientsin, is a metropolis in northern coastal Mainland China and one of the four national central cities of the country, with a total population of 15,469,500, and is also the world's 6th-most populous city proper. It is governed as one of the four direct-controlled municipalities of the PRC and is thus under direct administration of the central government. Tianjin borders Hebei Province and Beijing Municipality, bounded to the east by the Bohai Gulf portion of the Yellow Sea. Part of the Bohai Economic Rim, it is the largest coastal city in northern China.
Restaurants in Tianjin

1. Great Wall at Huangya Pass (Huangyaguan Changcheng)

Jixian County, Tianjin, China
Excellent
58%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
7%
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4.5 based on 138 reviews

Great Wall at Huangya Pass (Huangyaguan Changcheng)

Less known to foreigners, another section of the Great Wall also has a Museum, the Beiji Temple, and Bagua City with the Bagua Labyrinth.

Reviewed By Emmzie86

I visited the Huang Ya Guan 黄崖关(长城)section of the great wall with 5 friends from Tianjin city in April 2017. Although Huang Ya Guan pass is listed as one of the sights to visit whilst in Tianjin, please note it is actually closer to Beijing than it is to Tianjin. When it came to planning our trip to Huang Ya Guan pass, the information I was given/ read was a little confusing, hence I am going to write a detailed account of how we got there from Tianjin in case anyone else experiences the same problem.
From Tianjin you need to first take either a coach or train to Ji Xian 蓟县, which takes roughly 2 - 2.5 hours. At Ji Xian you then need to take either a shuttle bus or taxi to the entrance of the great wall, which takes approximately another hour. Based on the advise/ experience of other students who had previously visited the wall and one of our teachers, we decided to take the coach to Ji Xian followed by a taxi to the wall. Therefore the rest of the review will advise from that route.
Online I had read that a coach could be taken to Ji Xian from two different coach stations, neither of which appeared to be located at the main train station. However, a coach can be taken from the main train station in Tianjin (天津站 ). This station appears on the Tianjin metro map as 天津站 and is a transfer line for lines 2, 3 and 9. Some of our fellow students said they had difficulty locating the coach station but we managed to find it no problem. As we were travelling from Tianjin Foreign Studies University I actually found it easier to disembark the metro at 津湾广场 (Jin Wang Guang Chang) and walk to the coach station purely because the station is smaller and easier to navigate. If you opt to do this, leave via exit B and walk over the bridge (you will see the century clock ahead). Follow the road around in either direction. If you walk left and follow it around, there is (at the time of posting) a KFC on the left and the coach station will appear on the right; if you walk right, you will see the ticket entrance to the train station ahead, turn left before you get to that entrance and follow it around, the coach station will appear on the left. (See map: Image (A)).
If you opt to travel by coach you cannot buy coach tickets in advance and will need to get there early on the day prior to coach departure to do so. Tickets can be purchased from the small metal booths positioned at each coach stand. We took the 188 coach marked with the destination 蓟州 (Ji Zhou) (See Image C), which only has one stop (Ji Xian). A one way ticket cost 35¥.
When we arrived at Ji Xian we didn't see the shuttle bus stand immediately and were approached by lots of taxi drivers. One guy approached us and offered to take all 6 of us to the wall and bring us back for a total of 300¥ (so 50¥ per person return). This taxi driver was really nice and also spoke a tiny bit of English, which in addition to the app on his phone made communicating easy. As our group wanted to tour the wall taking different routes, the taxi driver dropped some of us at the main gate, then drove the rest of the group to the gate at the top of the mountain for an additional 15¥ per person. He then waited at the main entrance for us to complete touring the wall. Oh! He also helped us with buying entry tickets and reminded us that we could get student discount (yes, we all forgot about that lol). I have uploaded his card, with We-Chat code on my photos if anyone wants a recommended taxi.
I was in the group who started walking from the top of the mountain, which I recommend if you are not very fit as the wall is quite steep in places. I think in total it is best to allow about 4 hours approximately if you intend to walk both ways. Some parts of the wall do not have proper steps and can be a little slippery underfoot but there are grab rails in place, which I advise you use.
On the way back the taxi driver dropped us off at the same spot where the coach had left us that morning. To get the coach back from here you need to walk around to the other side of the building and purchase tickets inside. The coach to Tianjin departs from stand 4 (at time of writing this post - See image (D)).
Overall it was a great day out and even though I have visited other parts of the wall in the past it was still worth going to see the section at Huang Ya Guan. Although a lot of the wall at Huang Ya Guan is more restored than other sections, there are still some older parts and the views are lovely. If however you only intend on visiting one part of the wall when you are in China then perhaps it is best you research which section of the wall better suits what you want to see.

2. Riverside 66

No.166 Xing'an Road, Heping District, Tianjin, China +86 22 8321 2888
Excellent
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5 based on 56 reviews

Riverside 66

Reviewed By Gotopinion - Tianjin, China

With a good selection of Chinese, Japanese, Korean & Western restaurants, serving quality food in clean and well-decorated environments, Riverside 66 is great place for dining.
It's oblong design, with almost all glass walls, makes for a mall filled with natural light. A warm and welcoming feeling, away from the hustle & bustle of the nearby BinJiang Dao (Road) shopping street.
Of course like most modern malls in China it has all of the top international brands, as well as a western supermarket in the basement. The prices are expectedly high in the shops and supermarket, but the restaurants are reasonable for the location & quality.
One last note, for those with small children & babies, each floor has a private children's changing room.

3. Five Great Avenues

Stadium Street, Heping District, Tianjin 300050, China +86 22 2313 0027
Excellent
40%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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4 based on 354 reviews

Five Great Avenues

Reviewed By Robredo - GZ

I spent half day here but only visit 60% of the streets, it's a very big area, most of the buildings here has a history of 100 years old. It seems the government did a great job to keep and maintain these buildings so we can see what they look like.

4. Shuishang Park

Shuishang Park Road, Tianjin 300000, China +86 22 2835 8812
Excellent
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Good
52%
Satisfactory
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4 based on 176 reviews

Shuishang Park

Reviewed By Tassaduqhussain51 - Multan, Pakistan

SHUISHANG WATER PARK
Developed in 1951, Shuishang is the largest Water Park in Tianjin spread over 500 acres half of which is water area encircling 13 islets in 3 big lakes, beautifully decorated with arched Bridges, pavilions, terraces, towers, etc. Walkways and paths are lined up with willow trees which leave mesmerizing effect on the visitors. There is a beautiful children park with many modern games alongside the largest Ferris Wheel in Tianjin. The view of CC TV Tower and other skyscrapers of Tianjin present a beautiful view for the visitors.

5. Ferris wheel, Eye of Tianjin

On Yongle Bridge of Sancha River, Hebei District, Tianjin 300010, China
Excellent
37%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
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4 based on 536 reviews

Ferris wheel, Eye of Tianjin

Reviewed By Gary_Childers - Childers, Australia

It took us over an hour of lining up to get on this ride. Once in the line there was no escape. During that hour we were blasted with an ear-spitting message from one of the tinny speakers and once within the building the heavy security slowed down the line even more. The ride itself was nothing special. I was a sucker for engaging with this attraction- don't do it!

6. Xikai Church

Dushan Road, Binjiang Avenue, Heping District, Tianjin 300052, China 022-028-85568253
Excellent
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4 based on 120 reviews

Xikai Church

Reviewed By ZhuHuaLong - Tianjin, China

It seems more of a fascination for the Chinese than foreigners. We went because my wife and daughter are Chinese and have a curiosity for Western religions. There are many beautiful paintings and statues of Christ and Mary, as well as the stations of the cross. It is a Catholic church and on Christmas Eve, the area is filled with curious Chinese.

7. Tianjin Haihe Cultural Square

Haihe East Road, Hebei District, Tianjin 300010, China
Excellent
44%
Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 87 reviews

Tianjin Haihe Cultural Square

Reviewed By Magu1029 - Singapore, Singapore

My home is just around the river side and for the past 10 years I can see the change take placed along side the river. Now it just become more and more attractive and beauty. Worth to go for a 1 to 2 hours walk to observe the different styles of buildings.

8. Ancient Culture Street (Gu Wenhua Jie)

Gongnan Main Street, Nankai District, Tianjin 300100, China
Excellent
30%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
19%
Poor
4%
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4 based on 463 reviews

Ancient Culture Street (Gu Wenhua Jie)

Cultural and tourist area recreates an ancient Chinese street with many colorful shops and temples.

Reviewed By Pınar I

This street is a very popular street in Tianjin. You can find most of the antique chinese traditional equipments from there such as tea ceramony stuff, papers and inks and drawing books for art lovers and students. Bracelets,incents,ceramics...

9. Italian Style Street

Marco Polo Square , Hebei District, Tianjin 300010, China +86 22 8761 3413
Excellent
29%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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4 based on 510 reviews

Italian Style Street

Reviewed By Lian Tiong G - Subang Jaya, Malaysia

A well and nice decoration for Christmas and good ambience around. Many cafes and restaurants around for several choices of food or cuppa. We had our dinner at the Shanghai Times restaurant which serves superb food. The ambiance in the restaurant is nice too. We ended up at the Munich Bar and Bistro to have our German beer and had Chritmas count down with live band. Cheers

10. Tianjin Museum

Pingjiang Road 62, Tianjin, China +86 22 8388 3000
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 48 reviews

Tianjin Museum

Reviewed By esksloh - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

I'm usually hesitant to take kids to museums as they seem to quickly tire from viewing the exhibits but this was really well worth the trip. Best of all, it was Free!
The third floor tells the history of Tianjin in an engaging manner, with many well placed, clean, well designed exhibits that allowed the kids to read and interact with a piece of history.
There's a FREE audio guide - be sure to scan the QR Code downstairs.
Bring your ID / Passport along for FREE entry. Ticket office is located next to the main entrance of the museum.
It's located in a really nice area facing the river and other attractions.

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