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2013 Mar by Jorge Sanchez
I really enjoyed Tianjin. I only spent there two days with one night, but that was enough. Some travelers just go there during one day. They take the train from Beijing to Tianjin early in the morning and return to Beijing in the afternoon. But I wanted more time to visit that small Chinese province.
I was coming by bus from Cangzhou, in Henan province, where I had admired the famous 40 tons statue of the Iron Lion.
The bus dropped me in Tanggu, in the port, at the delta of the River Hoi, and saw the harbor and the ships exporting andimporting cargo to and from all the five continents.
Tanggu was a pleasant place, very frequented by tourists from Beijing. There are many excursions by boats from the Hai River to the Yellow River and parks for children. I did not see any foreigner; all the tourists were Chinese.
When it was dark I went by train to Tianjin and found a modest hotel in the same railway station building.
The next morning I woke up very early and I spent the first hour taking notes of the monoliths explaining the rich history of that city.
Then I went on foot to a pedestrian street and entered the Saint Joseph Catholic Cathedral. For breakfast I ordered Spanish churros in a shop in the pedestrian street. They were really delicious, like in Spain. The shop was called churros (see picture). Then I discovered that churros are popular in Tianjin and in Beijing.
Before heading by train to Beijing I visited the Italian Quarter, officially called The Italian Concession of Tianjin, controlled since 1902 by the Italian Consul of the then Kingdom of Italy.
In that little Italy I saw even a Spanish Bar and a nice statue of Marco Polo.
The Italian Quarter was what I most liked of Tianjin.
In the afternoon I took a train to Beijing. |
2002 Jul by Veikko Huhtala*
After visited ten days in North Korea, we returned China by train. Before Beijing we stayed some time in Tianjin as well. After Shanghai, Tianjin is the smallest of the regions in China. Today it takes only 30 minutes by train between Beijing and Tianjin. |
Train is a good alternative to travel around China. Buses are also OK and if you are hurry, you can fly almost everywhere, but this is the most expensive way to travel as well.