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How to Spend 1 Day in Tianjin

How to Spend 1 Day in Tianjin

Tianjin is a diverse city, with influences from both China and the West. Whether you want to take in a broad range of architectural sites and museums or you want to find the best food and views, here’s how to experience Tianjin in just one day.

 

Morning: East Meets West and a Foodie Fest

See the lasting influence of foreign concessions in the city at the Five Great Avenues (Wudadao), an area known for its European architectural styles. Contrast that with Ancient Culture Street and its Qing-era styled architecture. Pick up souvenirs and try a variety of local snacks from the many vendors available. For a deeper taste of Tianjin, devote your morning, instead, to sampling local Tianjin dishes, such as fried dough twists and Chatang soup. Head to Nanshi Food Street or opt for a guided food tour to help navigate the huge selection. Some tours also include stops at cultural attractions such as Tianjin Drum Tower.

 

Afternoon: Museums and Architecture, Old and New

One unique attraction in Tianjin is the Porcelain House, a private house and museum covered with thousands of ancient Chinese porcelain vases and ceramic chips. Then, spend some time at Jingyuan Garden, also known as the Garden of Tranquility. The former residence of the last Emperor of China features both Spanish and Japanese influences. Alternatively, head to the outskirts of Tianjin to see the Shi Family Courtyard and its classic Qing dynasty architecture. Contrast that with the modern architecture of the Tianjin Binhai Library or Tianjin Museum, the largest museum in town and a great way to learn about the culture and history of the city.

 

Night: Sunset Views and River Cruises

Enjoy the sunset and expansive city views from Tianjin Eye Ferris wheel or the observatory in Tianjin Television and Radio Tower. Alternatively, take a twilight or nighttime cruise on the Haihe River and admire Tianjin’s illuminated skyline while passing by attractions such as Jiefanglu Financial Street and Tianjin Urban Planning Museum. For dinner, sample some of the fresh seafood for which Tianjin is known, before diving into its eclectic nightlife scene, with options that range from dive bars and karaoke bars to high-end lounges and clubs.

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Flexible Tianjin City Highlights Private Day Tour with Lunch

Flexible Tianjin City Highlights Private Day Tour with Lunch

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Enjoy a day out in Tianjin with an English speaking guide. You get to choose 2-3 excursions, and your guide will navigate them along with you. Sites to choose from include:Ancient Cultural Street, St. Joseph Cathedral, Porcelain House, Five Great Avenues, Italian Style Street, Jingyuan, Former Residence of Puyi etc. Lunch and bottled water are also included to keep you fueled for your day!
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$185.60
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$185.60
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Private Tianjin City Night Tour with Haihe River Cruise

Private Tianjin City Night Tour with Haihe River Cruise

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See Tianjin lit up at night on this cruise of the city at dusk on the Haihe River. Your English speaking guide will explain the sights you’ll pass by, including the Ancient Culture Street, Tianjin Eye, Jiefanglu Financial Street, Urban Planning Museum, Italian Street, and others like the eight bridges. When the boat ride finishes and you’ve heard all the history, walk on the Binjianglu Pedestrian Street to see what the locals are up to.
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  • 3 hours
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$155.74
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$155.74
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Tianjin Private Day Tour including International Cruise Port Transfers

Tianjin Private Day Tour including International Cruise Port Transfers

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Explore Tianjin’s architecture on a half-day private tour with an English-speaking guide and entrance fees included. After a convenient International Cruise Port pickup, travel by comfortable air-conditioned vehicle to downtown Tianjin. See this walled ,15th-century city’s top attractions, including the Five Great Avenues and Porcelain House, the French Concession area, Ancient Culture Street, and the Temple of the Queen of Heaven. 
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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$231.71
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$231.71
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Tianjin Sightseeing Tour

Tianjin Sightseeing Tour

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This personalized tour is tailored to your needs and allows you to choose and pick your Tianjin city attractions, such as the Ancient Cultural Street, Drum tower, Porcelain House, Five Great Avenues, Italian Style Street, Haihe River, Nanshi food street, etc. Transportation is done with a spacious private vehicle/van/bus with air-conditioning and a professional driver. A souvenir gift will be given to all participants at the completion of the VIP Tour. Note: A two-day tour is also available to see all sites.
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  • 8 hours
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$197.34
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$197.34
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4- Hour Tianjin Local Food & Tea Tour

4- Hour Tianjin Local Food & Tea Tour

Discover the rich culinary traditions of northern China during this 3.5-hour private tasting tour. Walk through the bustling streets of central Tianjin to sample a whopping ten different dishes to give you a feel for the local gastronomy. Eat a traditional Chinese breakfast, discover produce from the local area, and sample deep-fried breads, steamed buns, pancakes, and snacks as you explore the Drum Tower, Tianjin Eye, and Haihe River areas.
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  • 4 hours
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