The city of Tianjin boasts a fine and impressive military legacy and its environs bear witness to many fine monuments that tell their own unique tale of the city’s defensive lineage. Tianjin offers many cultural delights for the discerning traveller, and when seeking distinguished Tianjin accommodation one cannot go wrong with a Tianjin apartment such as the Somerset Youyi Tianjin. This well-appointed property’s stylish interiors and modern conveniences make it an ideal location for business and leisure visits. Located about 60km outside of Tianjin, the Dagu Fort was built in 1816 to protect Beijing, which was the capital city of the Qing Dynasty, which lasted from 1644-1911. It is an impressive testament of China’s fight against foreign invasion and is considered one of Tianjin’s treasures by the people.
Tianjin is regarded as the gateway to Beijing, and by that, Dagu Fort is considered the gateway to Tianjin. The Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and the Qing Dynasty both erected forts in the Dagu area because of its military importance. The region came under heavy warfare in the nineteenth century from the Allied Forces wanting to gain control over China, and the country was forced to destroy its military emplacements, which saw most of the forts being destroyed, including Dagu Fort. Present-day visitors can witness the fort’s impressive ruins at the Dagu Fort Ruins Museum, the Dagu Fort Ruins Monument and the still-standing Wei and Hai Forts. Built in 1997, the museum showcases the fort’s history with photographs and exhibits and illustrations. A visit to the fort provides a fascinating glimpse into China’s military prowess and significance.
Angela Fernando is an impassioned travel writer who composes pieces under the pen name Sumaira Narayan. She loves writing about new and exciting places around the world and hopes to visit them all someday.