12 Best Things To Do in Tianjin

A colourful city with laid-back neighborhoods and charming locales, Tianjin is a culturally-rich city which is often underrated by visitors in comparison with Beijing. Over the last few years, Tianjin has started getting its due fame and the tourism sector in the city is booming.

Places of natural beauty, wonderful resorts, historic sites, modern architectural structures, and European-flavoured regions add to the charm of this city. Visitors enjoy traversing through the passages of the Huangyaguan Great Wall, watching the city lights from the top of the Eye of Tianjin, and understanding the culture of the city at the Tianjin Ancient Cultural Street during their visit. In addition to this, there are plenty of other things to do in Tianjin! Check out the list below-

1. Tianjin Binhai Aircraft Carrier Theme Park

A military-based theme park which bequeaths visitors with an opportunity for visitors to gain military knowledge and at the same time, have fun and enjoy yourselves. Built around the Kiev Aircraft Carrier, this place lets you get a close look at the command centre, intelligence room and the science and technology museum of the aircraft carrier. For the fun part, the 4D movies and games are sure to make the time spent here memorable. 

  • Attraction Type: Amusement Park
  • Address: Bagua Beach, Binhai New District, Tianjin, China
  • Time Required: 2 to 4 hours

2. Huangyaguan Great Wall

Located at the juncture of four cities, Beijing, Tianjin, Tangshan and Chengde, the Huangyaguan Great Wall is the perfect example of ancient Chinese military engineering. Housing a museum, the Beiji Temple, and Bagua City with the Bagua Labyrinth, this lesser-known section of the Great Wall is also worth a visit. Enveloped inside the pass are 40 crisscrossing lanes that form the shape of the eight diagrams. Thus, this place is not only a fun spot to visit but also a challenging one. 

  • Attraction Type: Sightseeing
  • Address: China
  • Time Required: 3 hours

3. Five Great Avenues

Named after parallel streets from east to west named after five cities of southwest China, namely Chongqing, Changde, Dali, Munan, and Machang, Five Great Avenues is a tourist-friendly area in the city of Tianjin. Housing over 230 colourful buildings and houses exhibiting various architectural of Britain, France, Italy, Germany, and Spain and belonging to numerous celebrities, this is a good place to hang out and spend some memorable time. 

  • Attraction Type: Sightseeing
  • Address: Heping District, Tianjin, China
  • Time Required: 4 hours

4. Tianjin Ancient Culture Street

Starting at the Gongbei Avenue in the north, and ending at the Gongnan Avenue in the south, Tianjin Ancient Cultural Street has a lot to offer. The perfect place to experience the culture and art of Tianjin, this street is home to many little stores and street shops selling everything Chinese. From cultural antiques of Sui Man Chai and cloisonné, painting brushes of Four Treasures and Spring Church, double-sided embroidery to gold and silver jewellery from famous artists and craftsmen, there is a lot of scope to shop here. 

  • Attraction Type: Sightseeing
  • Address: North of the Drum Tower, Nankai District, Tianjin.
  • Time Required: 3 hours

5. Ferris Wheel, Eye of Tianjin

Constructed on the Yongle Bridge over the Hai River in Tianjin, Tianjin Eye is a 120-meter tall giant Ferris wheel which is the only one of its kind to be built over a bridge. Featuring 50 passenger compartments that can fit eight people at a time, a ride of this wheel treats you to magnificent views of the river as well as the city. 

  • Attraction Type: Monument
  • Address: Hebei, China, 300143
  • Time Required: 1 hour

6. Porcelain House

Featuring over 700 million pieces of porcelain in the form of pottery and antiques, Porcelain House is a house brimming with ceramics, from floor to ceiling. One of the most eye-catching buildings in China, the museum is located in a historical colonial building. The colourful chinaware cemented onto the walls, the windows, doors, pillars, and the roof make this structure even more appealing and eccentric.

  • Attraction Type: Museum 
  • Address: Chifeng Rd, HengLong GuangChang, Heping Qu, Tianjin Shi, China
  • Time Required: 3 hours

7. Panshan Mountain Scenic Area

Bestowed with a perfect blend of natural beauty and historic heritage, Panshan Mountain Scenic Area is listed as one the top fifteen mountains in China. Also known as 'The First Mountain East of Beijing', this area is famous for emerald pine trees, towering peaks, pure waters, huge rocks and clusters of ancient temples. This place is famous among trekkers and hikers. 

  • Attraction Type: Outdoors, Natural Beauty 
  • Address: China
  • Time Required: 7 to 8 hours

8. Tianjin TV and Radio Tower

One of the tallest freestanding towers in the world, Tianjin TV and Radio Tower offers visitors with full 360-degree panoramic view of Tianjin. A revolving restaurant and an observation deck located in this tower ensure that visitors have an enjoyable time upon their visit. 

  • Attraction Type: Sightseeing 
  • Address: 1 Weijin S Rd, Hexi Qu, Tianjin Shi, China
  • Time Required: 4 to 5 hours

9. Italian Style Street

An area in Tianjin which is home to over 200 European restaurants, stores and bars, Italian Style Street is the perfect place for chilling. Visitors can eat or drink at any of the street side cafes, and numerous market stalls located in the area to experience the best of different cultures. A former Italian Concession area, Italian Style Street also houses shops that sell Italian souvenirs and Venetian masks. 

  • Attraction Type: Food and Shopping
  • Address: Marco Polo Square, Hebei District, Tianjin 300010, China
  • Time Required: 3 hours

10. Tianjin Folklore Museum

Housing close to 2,000 folk items, Tianjin Folklore Museum offers visitors an insight into the various aspects of Tianjin customs and culture. Featuring a depository of Buddhist scriptures and Tianjin folk customs exhibitions, a visit to this museum is a great way to familiarise yourselves with the folklore of this region. 

  • Attraction Type: Museum
  • Address: 80 Ancient Cultural St, TianJin GuWenHua Jie, Nankai Qu, Tianjin Shi, China
  • Time Required: 3to 4 hours

11. Haihe River Bund Park

A public park in the city with a waterfront view, Haihe River Bund Park is a popular hangout place which combines the best of shopping, outdoor fun and nature. Nineteen bronze sculptures and the highest water fountain in China which can reach up to a height of 170 meters, can be found inside this park. Head to this park to unwind after a tiring day of sightseeing. 

  • Attraction Type: Park
  • Address: Shanghai Rd, Binhai Xinqu, China, 300450
  • Time Required: 2 to 3 hours

12. Dule Temple

Dule Temple is an ancient Buddhist temple over 1000 thousand years old and is the oldest-surviving timber structure in Asia. Housing a massive clay statue of the Goddess Guanyin, this temple is also a historically significant place. The walls of the pavilion, which are decorated with life-sized murals, are also worth seeing. This ancient structure was built during the rule of Emperor Xuaxong of the Tang Dynasty.

  • Attraction Type: Temple
  • Address: Jizhou District, Tianjin
  • Time Required: 2 hours
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Must see places in Tianjin ranked on popularity. Here is the complete list of best attractions in Tianjin and point of interests to visit.

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    Ferris Wheel, Eye Of Tianjin

    Tags: Landmark, View Point, Entertainment

    Address: On Yongle Bridge of Sancha River, Hebei District, Tianjin 300010, China

    Timings: 09:30 am - 09:30 pm Details

    Like a wheel of an upturned bicycle, the Ferris Wheel of Tianjin, also known Tianjin Eye stands about 120 metres tall. One of the four in China and the fourth tallest in the world the most eye catchin...Read more

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    Gu Wenhua Jie

    Tags: Art And Culture, Outdoors, Walking Area, Street Market

    Address: Gongnan Main Street, Nankai District, Tianjin 300100, China

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    True to its name, the minute you step into the street you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into Ancient China. This colourful street is adorned with hundreds of stores. The items in those store...Read more

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    The Astor Hotel

    Tags: Hotel, Museum, Photo Gallery

    Address: No.199 Jiefang North Road, Heping District, Tianjin 301508, China

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Arguably one of the best and oldest hotel in China is the only one with its own museum that has preserved its illustrious 150 year old history. It was built by British Methodist missionary John Innoce...Read more

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    Italian Style Street

    Tags: Walking Area, Food And Drinks, Arts And Crafts, Exhibition

    Address: Marco Polo Square, Hebei District, Tianjin 300010, China

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    One of the many famous pedestrian streets in Tianjin, the street was built in 1902 since the area was the Italian concession at the time. Formerly known as Xin Yi Street it was renamed to its current ...Read more

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    Five Great Avenues

    Tags: Walking Area, Heritage Building

    Address: Stadium Street, Heping District, Tianjin 300050, China

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Right from the 20th century Tianjin being geographically well placed for transportation and duty-free customs, it was a preferred location for various dignitaries and rich people. It was then that The...Read more

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    Shuishang Park

    Tags: Outdoors, Island, Waterfront, Park

    Address: Shuishang Park Road, Tianjin 300000, China

    Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    Formerly known as the ‘Green Dragon Pond’ the Shuishang Park is the largest park in Tianjin. The presence of two universities nearby made the spot a summer favourite for academic staff and...Read more

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    Great Wall At Huangyaguan Pass

    Tags: Outdoors, Trail, Hiking Trail

    Address: Jixian County, Tianjin, China

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Most people think of it as The Great Wall of China which is a general misconception. ‘The Wall’ was never one continuous structure but built in many segregated parts in different places fr...Read more

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    Porcelain House

    Tags: Museum, Exhibition

    Address: No.72 Chifeng Avenue, Heping District, Tianjin 300041, China

    Timings: 09:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    One of the finest examples not just in China but perhaps in the world where art is created from broken and discarded things. The Porcelain House is the result of a life-long commitment and efforts of ...Read more

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    Tianjin Haihe Cultural Square

    Tags: Art And Culture, Outdoors, Walking Area, Square

    Address: Haihe East Road, Hebei District, Tianjin 300010, China

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    The cultural square gets its name from its close proximity to the Ancient culture street and the revitalizing project development that has been undertaken. They focus more on the cultural traditions a...Read more

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    Xikai Church

    Tags: Church, Religious Site

    Address: Dushan Road, Binjiang Avenue, Heping District, Tianjin 300052, China

    Timings: 09:00 am - 04:00 pm Details

    A landmark that can be spotted from miles away with its elegant ‘Green Dome’ the Xikai Church also known as St Joseph’s Cathedral is the largest catholic church in Tianjin. Almost a ...Read more

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    Tianjin  Quanyechang  Building

    Tags: Entertainment, Theatre, Shopping Center

    Address: No.290 Heping Road, Heping District, Tianjin 333202, China

    Timings: 10:00 am - 09:00 pm Details

    Known as the oldest shopping mall in China the Quanyechang Building was the first of its kind. It was completed in 1928 by the French architect Muller and was the most famous and largest shopping cent...Read more

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    Tianjin Zoo

    Tags: Outdoors, Wildlife Sanctuary , Zoo, Picnic Spot

    Address: 68 Shuishang Gongyuan West Road, Nankai, Tianjin, China

    Timings: 08:30 am - 04:00 pm Details

    The Tianjin Zoo is one of the ‘Top Ten’ scenic spots in Tianjin being home some of the most exotic animals. This 133 acre land is divided into separate habitats for the animals. Besides fr...Read more

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    Tianjin People's Park

    Tags: Outdoors, Amusement Park, Park

    Address: 29 Huizhou Rd, Hexi, Tianjin, China

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Once owned by a private salt merchant after its donation to government today has become everyone’s favourite park in Tianjin. Built during the Qing dynasty in 1863 the park was a private garden ...Read more

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    Tags: Architecture , Heritage Building

    Address: No.70, Anshan Road, Heping District, Tianjin, China

    Timings: 08:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    The home of the Last Emperor of China, Aisin Gioro Puyi, the twelfth and final ruler of the Qing Dynasty is now classified as a heritage structure, 3A scenic spot. The residence is a unique combinatio...Read more

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    Dabei Monastery

    Tags: Temple, Monastery

    Address: Tianwei Lu, Hebei district, Tianjin, China

    Timings: 09:00 am - 04:30 pm Details

    Built during the Ming dynasty and covering about 10,600 sqmts the Dabei Monastery is the largest and oldest in Tianjin. It is also the only monastery to provide delicious vegetarian food. The monaster...Read more

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