Historical changes in past 600 years have made Tianjin a unique place, mingling both ancient and the modern Chinese and Western styles.
Tianjin is well situated for travel by land, sea or air and has become an international tourist destination and a base in northern China for chartered tourist planes. For travelers interested in commerce, study or tours centered on such things as preventative medicine or folk customs Tianjin has many advantages. In addition, it now only takes an hour to travel by car from Tianjin to Beijing on the new Beijing-Tianjin-Tanggu Expressway.
Built in the county town of Jixian during the Tang Dynasty, Dule Monastery is the oldest standing wooden structure in China. It houses the 52-foot tall clay statue of Guanyin, the largest Buddhist sculpture in the country.
Guangdong Guild Hall
This quadrilateral guildhall is in the center of the old city area. It was built in 1907 and its wooden stage is a unique piece of architecture.
Ancient Cultural Street
Ancient Cultural Street is located in the northeast corner of the old city area and is the birthplace of Tianjin. It caters to people interested in antiques and local culture. The street is a recreation of an ancient Chinese city's street.
Tianjin is 85 miles southeast of Beijing. Tianjin is one of the four municipal cities under the direct jurisdiction of the Chinese central government and is the largest industrial city and port in northern China.