Boarded by the Yellow Sea to its east Tianjin is one of the most important ports in China. This is also one of the largest cities in the country. Affectionately known as TJ, Tianjin is experiencing urban renewal projects at present and is emerging as a preferred tourist destination. It is one of China’s five national central cities and is governed directly by the central government. The main language spoke by the locals is Mandarin, but with in dialect unique to Tianjin. It would be quite useful to know a few helpful phrases in Mandarin if you are planning on visiting the city.
The Dule Temple in Tianjin is an ancient Chinese temple built during the Tang Dynasty over thousand years ago. Although the original structures have not survived to present day you can still see the wooden front gate and the central hall which were constructed during the Liao Dynasty. Dule Temple literally means the temple of solitary joy and houses an ancient clay statue of Goddess Guanyin which is 16 metres in height. This is one of the biggest clay sculptures in the country. The wooden architecture of the temple structures exhibits the proud history and craftsmanship of the ancient Chinese people. The Dual Temple has been declared a world heritage site by the UNESCO.
Tianjin cuisine mainly revolves around a variety of sea food, mainly due to its proximity to the Yellow Sea. You will find a myriad of delicious sea food dishes when dining in the city. Tianjin is also home to a large number of street food stalls which serve some fantastic snacks made of meat and fish. Eight Great Bowls is a popular dish which is actually a combination of eight meat dishes. There are restaurants and cafes which range from budget, mid range to luxury so that you can choose which suits you the best.
When in Tianjin accommodation can easily be found to suit your budget and preferences. If you are looking for serviced apartments Tianjin has a number of amazing options to choose from. Somerset International Building Tianjin is an excellent choice where you can relax at the spa or even attend to your business needs at its well equipped business centre.