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.