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Tianjin's old city retains some of the architecture and flavors from its days as a foreign concession port. A gateway to Beijing, the fast-modernizing metropolis is also home to historic temples and forts and a famous antiques market.Find Cruises Sailing to This Port
Located in the mountainous area of Tianjin's northern Ji County, the Huangyaguan Pass of Great Wall was first built during the Northern Qi Dynasty. The Huangyaguan Pass is considered to be a miniature of the Great Wall of China. The entire section is built on an abrupt mountain ridge and is considered an area of natural beauty and cultural interest.
Different regions in China offer different styles of cooking and cuisine. Given the size and historical importance as a trading center, Tianjin can indulge you with almost 8 of the classical Chinese cuisines: Shandong, Jiangsu, Sichuan, Anhui, Guangdong, Zhejiang and Hunan. If you are curious about local specialties, venture to the Shipin Jie food street, where stalls and small restaurants about serve a dizzying array of dishes. Other particularly good restaurant streets include Shandong Lu, Nanjing Lu, Jiefang Beilu, Zhejiang Lu and Zhongshan Lu.
If you're in the mood to invest in authentic bits of Chinese culture and other souvenirs, Tianjin's Antiques Market (Guwan Shichang) is the place to go. A raucous, lively scene, you can find some excellent bargains on jade, ceramics, old books, prints, Culture-Revolutionary-era memorabilia and much more. Ancient Culture Street is another dynamic shopping spot.
The yuan is the official currency of China. Many stores and restaurants also accept major credit cards, which usually offer you a good exchange rate. When shopping, remember there is a Value-Added Tax added to most purchases.
Learn more about this port city with these tourist information guides.