5 Top Rated Tourist Attractions in Tianjin

Jul 22, 2021

Home to China's port city of Tianjin, and the country's largest urban area, Tianjin is sometimes referred to as Beijing's "sister city." Tianjin is one of China's most exciting destinations, especially for tourists. For the past few decades, the area of Tianjin has been expanding rapidly, and the city has become a cultural and commercial hub, as well.

Much of this growth can be attributed to the rapid industrialization that has transformed the area, and to the fact that Tianjin is now home to some of China's largest ports. And, with its gorgeous parks, lively shopping malls, and beautiful gardens, the city boasts many beautiful sights for tourists.

If you are planning a trip to Tianjin, be sure to use our list of the top tourist attractions in Tianjin to help you get the most out of your visit.

The Temple of Heaven

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The Temple of Heaven is the largest temple complex in the world. Stretching over 2,100 meters long and built entirely of bricks, this splendid structure is one of the Four Great Halls in the city of Tianjin, built to mark the completion of the Beijing-Hankou Railway in 1908. The buildings are still under renovation, and most of them are either empty or have been turned into museums. There are three exhibition halls on site: the The Hall of the Heavenly Flag (Tianhai Luguan), the The Hall of Harmonious Culture (Haihe Yuwen Jia), and the Hall of the Imperial Preceptor (Haiwangli Shizhenjia). However, the largest and most impressive hall, the Temple of Heaven itself, is closed.

Beijing Ancient Observatory

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Beijing Ancient Observatory is the world's largest astronomical research facility. The observatory is home to more than 15 telescopes, used for research and providing data for the Chinese space program. As well as its clear skies, the observatory's claims to fame are its ultra-high-precision equipment, and its extremely regular stone masonry, both of which have enabled it to produce some of the most accurate astronomical measurements ever made. When its astronomic data is in good condition it is shared around the world, but when poor quality is the case then this information is not made available.

Jade Buddha Temple

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Jade Buddha Temple is one of the most famous Buddhist temples in China. It's located in the Lingyin district of the Chinese city of Tianjin, which was a former imperial capital in the Qing dynasty. It's said to be the oldest and largest Buddhist temple in China, with a history stretching back more than 500 years. The Buddhist temple is also home to two-hundred Buddha statues, including Jade Buddha, the Jade Emperor, and the Goddess of Mercy, along with various offerings and giant buildings that are both interesting and beautiful. It's a very popular site for tourists, especially those from the nearby city of Beijing.

The Summer Palace

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The Summer Palace is one of the main symbols of Chinese culture. It is located in the heart of Beijing on the banks of the elegant Yongding River, a popular recreation area for Beijing citizens, and a picturesque fishing village. Today, this enchanting historic complex of buildings, ponds and lakes with magnificent buildings, gardens and statues are a popular site for weddings and other cultural and recreational events. The Summer Palace is also a modern museum that is open daily, offering a unique experience. The grounds around the site are accessible and a collection of more than 200 unique buildings that includes villas, temple and pavilions that depict a Chinese collection of buildings from the Ming and Qing dynasties.

Jing'an Temple

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It's said that Jing'an Temple is built on top of a Buddhist pagoda, an eerie claim that is backed up by the walls and pagoda-like columns. Although this is not the case, Jing'an Temple is one of the few Chinese temples to contain statues of Buddhist figures, which once lived in the neighborhood. Also visible are small mausoleums, including one for the son of a pre-Qing dynasty general. It's located at the northeast corner of Daxinggangmen Square, so you can easily walk from any hotel.