Booming yet laid-back, contemporary yet ancient: Tianjin is a city of contrasts. A coastal location and history of foreign concessions have shaped a unique cultural legacy that runs the length and breadth of the city, influencing everything from streetscapes to food, parks to museums. Whether it’s 19th century colonial buildings, contemporary architectural icons or picturesque pagodas, Tianjin is nothing if not diverse.

The city’s unmistakable charm has seen a number of renowned chefs settle in Tianjin, resulting in a mouthwatering dining scene. A 24-hour city, come nightfall Tianjin sways to the beat of emerging bands, established artists, international DJs and a fun-loving crowd of Chinese and expat partygoers. Easy to navigate by public transport, explore the sights, sounds and tastes of this remarkable city.

Culture & Heritage
Drum Tower, Gulou E St, Nankai District

Dating from the Ming Dynasty, Tianjin’s Drum Tower was destroyed during the Cultural Revolution and later rebuilt in 2001. As well as its iconic bell, the tower regularly hosts temporary exhibitions.

Ancient Culture Street, North of Gulou, Nankai, Tianjin

A place to pick up traditional Chinese crafts and souvenirs the fittingly-named Ancient Culture Street is lined with stores selling calligraphy brushes, jade carvings, ceramics, embroidery.

Shen Yang Dao Antique Market

Regularly attracting some 400 vendors, this vast market at the intersection of Jinzhou Road and Zhangzizhong Road is a real treasure trove. Remember: bargain hard and beware of fakes.

China House Museum

Housed inside a century-old French-style building, this private porcelain museum celebrates the time-honoured Chinese tradition in stunning style. Inside, explore pieces from dynasties Tang to Qing, whilst the museum’s exterior is clad in yet more porcelain.

Location: No.72, Chifeng Road, Heping District
Tel :+86 22 2314 6666
Operation Hours: Mon – Sun 09:00 – 17:30hrs


Memorial Hall to Zhou Enlai and Deng Yingchao

A museum dedicated the first Premier of the People's Republic of China, Zhou Enlai and his wife, Deng Yingchao. The venue features photographs, documents and dioramas, as well as an aeroplane used by Zhou.

Location: Shuishang Gongyuan Bei Road, Nankai District
Tel:+86 22 2359 2257
Operation Hours: Mon – Sun 08:00 – 17:00hrs


Natural History Museum

Jam-packed with some 380,000 exhibits, Tianjin’s Natural History Museum is as huge as it is absorbing. Highlights include a giant dinosaur skeleton, butterfly garden and 4D cinema.

Location: No.206, Machang Road, Hexi District
Tel: +86 22 2334 7988
Operation Hours: Tue – Sun 09:00 – 16:30hrs

Tianjin Museum

Showcasing Tianjin’s cultural and historical relics, this vast museum takes visitors on a journey through the city’s fascinating history via calligraphy, paintings, bronzes, ceramics and jade, as well as archival photography.

Location: No.31 Youyi Rd., Hexi District
Tel: +86 22 2334 7988
Operation Hours: Tue – Sun 09:00 16:30hrs

Tianjin Planning Exhibition Hall

Housed inside stunning contemporary architecture in the city’s former Italian Concession, the Exhibition Hall details Tianjin’s past, present and future urban planning through large-scale models and interactive exhibits.

Location: No.30 Bo'ai Road, Hebei District
Tel: +86 22 2445 6501
Operation Hours: Tue Sun 09:00 16:00hrs

Five Great Avenues

Five Great Avenues (called Wu Da Dao in Chinese) a rectangular region located in the south of the downtown, in Heping district, Tianjin. There are five parallel streets from east to west named under five cities of southwest China, namely Chongqing, Changde, Dali, Munan and Machang. And this is how it got its name.

The area, which has earned a reputation as a "World Building Exposition", a truly unique cityscape in Tianjin City, together with over 230 buildings of all kinds from the architecture of Britain, France, Italy, Germany and Spain, as well as over 50 houses ever been lived by celebrities and colorful architecture style range from the Renaissance, Greek, Gothic, Romantic, Eclectic, and Carson.

Nature & Wildlife
Tianjin Botanical Garden and Flower Market

One of the largest indoor botanical gardens in Asia and a year-round highlight of Tianjin, enjoy more than 100,000 plants in this temperature-controlled tropical environment.

Location: North No.7 Bridge, outer Ring, Cao Zhuangzi, Zhongbei Town3w2, Xiqing District
Tel: +86 22 2794 8011
Operation Hours: Mon Sun 08:00 17:00hrs

Tianjin Water Park

Comprising three lakes and nine islands, Tianjin Water Park is an oasis midst the city’s hustle and bustle. All meandering pathways and picturesque pagodas, activities include pedal boats and an amusement park.

Location: No.33, Shuishang Gongyuan Bei Road, Nankai District
Tel: +86 22 2335 0095
Operation Hours: Mon Sun 06:00 19:00hrs

Tianjin Zoo

The Tianjin Zoo is located at the southern end of the Water Park and is home to over 180 species, including exotic animals such as tigers, giraffes, rhinos and pandas.

Location: Shuishang Park Road, Nankai District
Operation Hours: Mon Sun 08:30 17:00hrs

Night Life

Location: Shui Shang East Road, Nankai District
​Tel: +86 185 0260 9788
Operation Hours: Mon Sun 20:00 ​02:00hrs


A popular hangout amongst students and expats, Sitong Bar hosts a regular house band as well as DJs, making it an ideal spot for a dance, a drink and a whole lot of people watching.

Location: 1F, Somerset Olympic Tower Tianjin, Chengdu Road, Heping District
Tel: +86 22 2337 7177
Operation Hours: Mon Sun 20:30 03:00hrs


Richmond Restaurant & Paulaner Bar

With staff sporting traditional Bavarian costume, this German-themed restaurant and bar serves up hearty fare to live music.

Location: No.23, LuoYang Road, Heping District
Tel: +86 22 2311 3398
Operation Hours: Mon Sun 11:00 05:00hrs


May Flower

Hosting regular live performers, this buzzing club is a great place to unwind.

Location: No.93 Qixiangtai Road, Nankai District
Operation Hours: 20:00 03:00hrs

Mingliu Tea House

Enjoy a pot of authentic Chinese tea whilst you try to keep pace with a Tianjin-style crosstalk performance.

Location: Ancient Culture Street, Nankai District
Tel: +86 22 2728 6420


Sleek and chic, Pepper draws a sophisticated crowd of Chinese and expats. Talented mixologists serve up signature cocktails that are as potent as they are delicious.

Location: 3F,bldg,B, Shang Gu, Tianta Road, Nankai District
Tel: +86 22 2341 5238
Operation Hours: Mon – Sun 11:00 02:00hrs