Tianjin Top Ten Attractions

Tianjin is a bright pearl in northern China. With excellent geographical location and traffic conditions, Tianjin has become an important hub for connecting both home and abroad. Tianjin Port is the largest bonded port area in China and the largest cruise homeport in Asia. Tianjin has a lot of European architecture, and the scenery is good, the huangya Pass Great Wall, Italian Style Street and Five Great Avenues are worth for a visit. The unique traditional food in Tianjin is also impressive.

1. Ferris wheel: Eye of Tianjin
Location: Haihe River side, Hongqiao District
The Eye of Tianjin is a ferris wheel across the Haihe River, like an eye on the bridge. It is one of the most famous landmarks in Tianjin. The ferris wheel is driven by electricity and has 48 passenger capsules. Each capsule is able to carry eight passengers for a half hour rotation. Every night the colorful lamps of the Eye of Tianjin will attract numerous visitors for sightseeing and photo shooting, enjoying a different kind of romance.
How to get here: Take bus No.1, 4, 12, 18, 34, 609, 610, 611, 619, 632, 641, 646, 659, 670, 671, 818, 878 and 904, get off at Jingang Bridge Stop; or take bus No. 5, 37, 161, 606, 635, 642, 653, 657, 658, 687, 801, 824, 836, 855 and 906, get off at Beidaguan Stop.

Eye of Tianjin

2. HuangYa Pass Great Wall
Location: Far north of Jizhou District
HuangYa Pass Great Wall is steep and spectacular. It is a good place for weekend vacations with many farmhouses nearby for food and accommodation. You can enjoy the farm dishes, breathe the fresh air, and can enjoy the authentic rural life.

Huangya Pass Great Wall

3. Ancient Culture Street
Location: Northeast of Nankai District
Ancient Culture Street is the concentration of the most famous old shops and handicraft shops. You can find the Yangliuqing New Year Paintings, clay figurines, Wei’s Kite and many other handicraft shops, and you can enjoy the classic Goubuli buns, Chinese hamburgers, fried dough twists and other Tianjin cuisine. In addition, the annual Chinese lunar month March 23 is the birthday of the goddess of the sea. At the time, the Ancient Culture Street will hold the empire fair with cultural performances.
How to get here: Take bus No.52 to huanghedao Stop; or take bus No.856 to Dongmalu Stop.

Ancient Culture Street

4. Five Great Avenues
Location: Central District
Five Great Avenues is the combination of more than 20 distinctive streets. You can take a glimpse of more than 2000 garden-style European-style buildings, including more than 300 former residences of celebrities. You can take a map to guide your visit, and you can take a horse-drawn carriage or ride a bike.
How to get here: Take metro line No.1 to Xiaobailou Station; or take bus No.9, 13, 800, 831, 902, 904 and 906.

Five Great Avenues

5. Porcelain House
Location: No.72, Chifeng Road, Heping District
Porcelain House is a French architecture decorated by countless ancient porcelain, white marble stone, crystal and agate. The wall, courtyard and rooms are all filled with exquisite ancient Chinese porcelain and antiques. If you are the first time visiting the Porcelain House, the overwhelming porcelain antiques will make you dazzle.
How to get here: Take metro line No.3 to Heping Road Station, go out through exit E, and walk south for 250m. If you want to go by bus, take bus No. 1, 4, 9, 20, 35, 50, 97, 611, 619, 650,693, 808, 831, 828, 845, 851, 860, 901, 902, 904, 951 and 962 to Bohai Building Stop or Shandong Road Stop.

Porcelain House

6. Italian Style Street
Location: Hebei District
Italian Style Street has more than 200 elegant Mediterranean style buildings. Walking around as if you are in the romantic European town. At night, the restaurants, cafes and bars become lively, making a charming atmosphere on the Italian Style Street.
How to get here: Take metro line No.2 to Jianguo Avenue Station. Take bus No. 5, 8, 27, 324, 634, 635, 638, 639, 645, 663, 676, 802, 806, 832, 836, 905 and 961 to Italian Style Street Stop.

Italian Style Street

7. Xikai Church (Catholicism)
Location: Dushan Road, Binjiang Avenue, Heping District
Xikai Church is a Catholic Church founded in 1917. The church architectural style is solemn and the sculpture are complicated and beautifully. You can participate in the mass and Catholic festivals to feel a religious atmosphere.
How to get here: Take bus No.3, 35, 45, 50, 600, 643, 673, 800, 847,851 and 901.

Xikai Church

8. Tianjin Water Park
Location: Southwest of Tianjin City
The Water Park is the largest comprehensive park in Tianjin. The park consists of three large lakes and eleven islands, with trees, pond, and Japanese and Chinese style landscapes. It also has cruise ship, ferris wheel, roller coaster and other entertainments for you to explore.
How to get here: Take metro line No.3 to Zhou Enlai and Deng Yingchao Memonal Hall Station. Take bus No. 12, 35, 52, 643, 705 west line, 608, 668, 685, 835, 857, 871, 872, 879, 901, 963.

Tianjin Water Park

9. Tianjin Former Residence of Puyi (Jingyuan)
Location: No.70 Anshan Road, Heping District
Tianjin Former Residence of Puyi was built in 1921, covers an area of about 3000 square meters. From July 1929 to November 1931, Pu Yi, the last emperor of China, used to live here with his Queen, and he named the garden as “Jingyuan”, which means “Quiet Garden”. The buildings in the garden combine Spanish and Japanese style. The garden also has the Pu Yi Exhibition Hall, exhibiting hundreds of precious pictures on Pu Yi. If you are a fan of the famous movie “The Last Emperor”, this site will be highly recommended.
How to get here: Take bus No. 3, 50, 600, 606, 631, 632, 643, 657, 673, 840, 850, 851, 865, 867, 870 and 906 to Anshan Road Stop.

Tianjin Former Residence of Puyi

10. Tianjin Museum
Location: No.31, Youyi Road, Hexi District
Tianjin Museum collects Chinese ancient works of art and modern history literature. Until now, the museum has nearly 200,000 objects, including ancient bronze wares, ceramics, calligraphy, painting, jade wares, royal seals, stationery accessories, oracle bones, currency, stamps, Dunhuang literature, local folk crafts, historical literature, etc.
How to get here: Take bus No. 47, 662, 668, 686, 800, 835, 868 and 912 to Tianjin Museum Stop.

Tianjin Museum

Hakka Enclosed Houses in Longnan, Jiangxi Province

The unknown Longnan Town in Jiangxi boasts 367 ancient Hakka enclosed houses, the largest in scale and the best-preserved of its kind in China, each of high artistic value and superb architectural achievement.

Hakka dwellings

Hakka enclosed houses have become precious cultural heritage of Hakka culture and Hakka people, and also the important research materials to attract historians, Chinese folklore experts, architectures and travelers addicted to Chinese culture.

Hakka houses

Different from the Hakka earth buildings in Fujian, Longnan Hakka enclosed houses retain the ancient Central China’s architectural style, while Hakka people keep the ancient Central China’s life habits and customs.

 

The Hakka house is an integrated building of 3 or 4 stories, with family rooms, ancestral hall and fort against bandits and wild animals. The big ones are also completed with granary, well, theatrical stage, lawn, etc.

  

The most famous Hakka enclosed houses are Guanxi Xin Wei (关西新围) of over 180 years of history, Yang Cun Yan Yi Wei (杨村燕翼围) of significant importance in the village, Lisu Wei (栗园围) of Eight-diagrams layout, Yuzaitan Wei (渔仔潭围) with profound wine culture and traditions, Shaba Wei (沙坝围), and Longguang Wei (龙光围).

China’s Oldest and Biggest Bamboo Forest – Shunan Bamboo Forest

Shunan bamboo forest, dinosaur, stone forest and suspending coffin are four ancient miracles in South Sichuan Province.

Located in Yinbin, China’s famous Wine Capital in Sichuan province, Shunan Bamboo Forest (Shunan Zhuhai) is the oldest and biggest bamboo forest in China, by covering an area of 120 square kilometers, and home to around 400 different types of bamboo. It is considered as a natural oxygen bar.

China tours to Shunan Bamboo Forest

The movie ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’ was shot here, therefore, for the first time, people from the outside world witness the natural beauty of the bamboo forest park, as well as its intoxicating atmosphere of peace, serenity and freshness. Travelers can take the cable way up to the top (with a relative height of 350m) for an exciting experience in the air and having a full view of the forest sea.

Chengdu tours to Shunan Zhuhai 

There are 8 major scenic areas with 134 attractions in the Shunan Bamboo Forest Park. Apart from its huge size of bamboo forest stretching across mountains and valleys, there are plenty of waterfalls, lakes, ancient caves and bridges that will relax and refresh you. The highlight attractions include Bamboo Forest Museum, Emerald Corridor, Rainbow Waterfall, Huaxi Thirteen Bridges, Tianbao Village, Xianyu Cave, Guanyun Pavilion and Qinglong Lake.

 Sichuan tours to Shunan Bamboo Forest

Shunan Bamboo Forest travel tips

What to eat:

For foodies, you should not miss the fresh and delicious bamboo-derived foods, also named panda feast, including bamboo shoots, bamboo mushrooms, Bacon in bamboo forests, bamboo rice, bamboo tofu pudding etc.
Local specialties also include Yibin Burning Noodles, Nanxi dried beancurd, odd taste chicken, etc.

China Kungfu Panda tour to the panda village:

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Best time to visit: at an altitude of from 600m to 1000m, the average annual temperature here is 15.5℃. March till October is good time to visit the park, while the summer season from May to August is the best, since the park turns to be a natural summer resort.

How to get there

Travel from Chengdu to Shunan Bamboo Forest – it takes about five hours by taking buses from Xinnanmen Station or Wuguiqiao Station.

Hangzhou by Night: Best Things to Do

One of the most intriguing water towns in China, Hangzhou always reminds us of its delicate, elegant nightlife.

Teahouse

Of course, there are also cool nightclubs and warm cafes in Hangzhou. But locals are obsessed with the subtle fragrance and peaceful time by enjoying a cup of tea at night. Tea house to Hangzhou people is an art of relaxation.

Hangzhou tour for tea

Impression West Lake Show

Of all the nightlife activities in Hangzhou, the grand outdoor show of Impression West Lake is the main attraction to the city outcomers and travelers. The West Lake then becomes a huge film theater, presenting an ancient romantic story, combined with soulful music and colorful lights.

Hangzhou tour Hangzhou night tour

West Lake Fountain

The 126-meter-long fountain finds itself at the Lakeside Three Park (Hubin 3 Park). The nearby Hu Bin International Boutique Compound is the most striking area of Hangzhou city at night.

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West Lake Night Boating

Available from May to Mid-October, boating on West Lake at night is a fun-filled water activity in Hangzhou.

West Lake boating tour Hangzhou tour with West Lake

Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal Night Cruise

The Grand Canal has been listed as a UNESCO world heritage site. With the water bus or quaint river boat, we’ll shuttle through a dozen ancient bridges, pass by dwellings of both ancient and modern style, and then enjoy the beautiful night view.

Hangzhou grand canal tour Hangzhou tour with Grand Canal

Qiantang River Night Cruise

Qiantang River is best known for the world’s largest tidal bore, usually seen on the 18th day of the 8th lunar month. The sightseeing cruise on Qiantang River is available throughout the year. It sets out from Wulin Square and lasts for about 3 hours.

Hangzhou Qiantang River tour

Recommended China tours to Hangzhou:

8-day East China Highlights

11-day Splendor of China

Exploring Chengdu’s Backcountry – Pingle Old Town

For those in the know travellers, China’s new urban star Chengdu brings to mind not only the adorable, worry-free giant pandas and spicy, delicious Sichuan Cuisine, but also a dozen ancient towns around Chengdu, making it a great all-round travel destination in China. Pingle is one of the best of Chengdu’s old towns, and offers fun cultural experience.

9-day Chengdu Culture Tour to Pingle Ancient Town

Cheng old town tours

Located 93kmk southwest of Chengdu, Pingle Town was initially built as far back as 150BC during the West Han Dynasty, and used to an important town on ancient Silk Road and Tea Horse Road. There is a river running through the ancient town, and leading us into the heart of Pingle, for more atmosphere and a wealth of cultural sites, including the Ming and Qing dynasties’ traditional dwellings, the thousand-year-old alleys, the ancient temples, weirs, docks, beautiful old bridges, etc.

Rambling the streets of Pingle Town, walking through the humble wooden buildings, and listening to the ancient music, you may feel that you are back in time. You can also try many local specialty foods and snacks, and experience some interesting folk activities.

If you are looking for an adventure on a mountain or a mountain hiking trip around, then you’re encouraged to visit the tranquil Lugou Bamboo Sea. There is a huge Buddha statue on the mountain, even taller than the famous 72-meter-high Giant Buddha in Leshan.

How to get to Pingle Old Town: Take a bus from the Jinsha Bus station/Chengdu Chengbei Bus Terminal (North Train Station)/Shiyangchang passenger Bus Center to Qionglai City (about one hour), then take a bus or small van to Pingle (about 15 minutes).

Best Season to visit Pingle Old Town: March till June and September till November

The Remarkable Historic al Architectures on the Bund Shanghai

The Bund (外滩) of Shanghai, with its exotic colonial buildings, is one of the famous landmarks of the city and a must-visit while travelling in Shanghai.

Stretching approximately 1500 meters from Waibaidu Bridge in the north to Jinling East Road in the south, at the intersection of Huangpu River and Suzhou River, the bund is the epitome of semi-colonial Shanghai for about a century.

Shaghai tour

The historical building cluster (from No.1 to No.29) is now known as “World Architecture Fair”, and includes East Wind Hotel, China Merchants Bank Building, Shanghai Pudong Development Bank (HSBC Building), South Building of the Peace Hotel and North Building of the Peace Hotel (Sassoon House), Shanghai Customs Building, Shanghai Foreign Exchange Trade Centre, Shanghai Bund Weather Signal Station, etc.

Shanghai Pudong Development Bank or HSBC Building (No.12)

The second largest building in the world at that time, this six-floor neo-classical building was also known as Municipal Government Building and served as the headquarter of the Shanghai branch of The Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation from 1923 to 1955. It now houses the Shanghai Pudong Development Bank.

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Shanghai Customs House (No.13)

It stands right next to HSBC Building. Together the two buildings are considered as one of the symbols of the Bund. Built in 1927, Shanghai Customs House follows a Greek-revival Neo-Classicist design, and consists of two parts: the eastern part is eight floors tall, but topped by a 90-m-high clock tower and favorably faces the Huangpu River. The western section is five floors tall, and faces onto Sichuan Road.

Shanghai Municipal Trade Union Council (No.14)

It was built in 1948 and designed by architect, C. H. Gonda with a Neo-Renaissance style which emphasized the vertical lines and simple and clear façade of architectural design. Formerly Bank of Communications Building, currently it houses the Shanghai Council of Trade Unions.

Peace Hotel (No.20)

Peace Hotel is separated by Nanjing Road into two buildings: The North Building and The South Building. Sir Victor Sassoon of the Sassoon family built The North Building, hence the name Sassoon House. Originally the Cathay Hotel, it is now the Fairmont Peace Hotel run by Fairmont Hotels and Resorts of Canada. The South Building was built as the Palace Hotel and is today the Swatch Art Peace Hotel.

Shanghai tours

Visitors are encouraged to plan a Shanghai history and culture trip: have a leisure stroll on the Bund, or take a cruise ship trip on Huangpu River at night to enjoy the impressive visual contrast between the colonial architectures on the Bund and the skyscrapers of the Oriental Pearl Tower and Shanghai World Financial Centre on the other side of the river.

China Shanghai tours

For waterfall buffs: 10 most beautiful waterfalls in China

It is a top 10 list, but there are more hidden waterfalls as beautiful as them yet to be found in China.

Nuorilang Waterfall in Sichuan: over 270m wide and 30m deep

The widest in China, Nuorilang Waterfall is favorably located in Jiuzhaigou Valley, embraced by numerous crystal lakes and pristine forests, creating a pure, serene world.

China waterall tours

Detian Waterfall in Guangxi: 100m wide and 60m deep (on the China side)

The 2th largest transnational waterfall in the world, Detian has its wet season and most magnificent time between June and September, when the thundering effect of the water hitting the cliffs can be heard from afar.

China waterfall tours

Hukou Waterfall in Shanxi: 30m wide and 50m deep

A fine spectacle of the Yellow River, there is a mounting momentum in the ups and downs of the yellow waterfall.

China scenery tours

Tsangpo Waterfalls in Tibet

2140 above sea level, part of Yarlung Tsangpo River, Tsangpo Fall I and Tsangpo Fall II is 600m apart and of 33 m width and 35 m width separately.

Huangguoshu Waterfall in Guizhou: 77.8m high and 101m wide

One of the world’s most spectacular waterfalls, and one of Guizhou’s must-visit attractions, this waterfall can be viewed from different angles, even from the water-curtain caves. It is a good idea to hiking around and explore the primitive Miao Villages.

Lushan Waterfalls in jiangxi

On the hauntingly beautiful Lushan Mountain, there are dozens of waterfalls, among which, Sandie Spring Waterfall is the most appealing one.

China natural wonder tours

Luoping Nice Dragon Waterfalls in Yunnan

The ten falls are located 22km northeast of Luoping Country, roaring like thunder in wet season and looking like silver chains in dry season. The brink of the biggest one spans a distance of 110m, and drops 56m.

China Yunnan tour

Silver Chain Waterfall in Guizhou

Just 7km away from Huangguoshu Waterfall, Silver Chain is smaller and more elegant, and famed as the most beautiful falls in China.

China Guizhou tours

Jingbo waterfall in Heilongjiang: 70m wide and 20m deep

Also called Diaoshuilou Waterfall, the fall has its most beautiful time when frozen or hidden in the mist and rainbow.

Changbaishan Waterfall in Jilin

The water of Heaven Lake (Tianchi Lake) runs through a ‘a natural gate’, and forms the uniquely shaped Changbaishan Waterfall.