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1. How do I arrive to Tianjin by plane?
Tianjin Binhai International Airport is a convenient 15 kilometers (9 miles) from the city center. Although air travel is faster, if traveling from Beijing, it may be more economic to arrive to Tianjin by high speed train since the cities are just 120 kilometers (75 miles) apart.
2. How can I arrive to Tianjin airport?
An efficient shuttle bus is available for a low price, which offers 4 routes to different points in the city. Be sure to bring exact change. As well, you can take the metro train to Binhaiguojijichang station, about 20 minutes from the city center. Of course, taxi is always an option.
3. How do I travel to Tianjin by train?
Tianjin Railway Station, also known as East Station, and Tianjin North Stations are the most used train hubs. However, Tianjin West and Tianjin South stations serve Shanghai and the southern zones of Beijing, although the South station is somewhat far from the main areas of Tianjin and is best reached by public bus. Tianjin West rail station is the better option if going to Shanghai since it is connected to the city by Metro Line 1. There are high speed trains to Beijing South train station, taking about 35-40 minutes for the journey.
Since Tianjin and Beijing are so close together, there exist what are called inter-city trains available as well, with numbers between C2001 and C2298.
4. How do I arrive at Tianjin train station?
There are shuttle buses that can take you from Tianjin railway station to Tianjin airport. Or, take a taxi with official rates for more convenience.
5. How do I arrive to Tianjin by bus?
Like any city in China, this metropolis has various bus stations located in the direction of your destination. The most frequent connections are Beijing, but of course you can take a journey to almost anywhere else in the country.
6. Are there any water routes to Tianjin?
The city’s location by the sea makes water travel possible. There are passenger vessels available between Tianjin and Dalian and even Incheon, South Korea. Kobe, Japan is also a weekly destination and takes about 50 hours. Xingang port in Tanggu District is about 45 minutes from the center of the city and is accessible by Tianjin Metro Line 9. The Tanggu District is additionally connected by select high speed trains.
7. How do I get around Tianjin?
There are public buses, Tianjin Metro, and a light rail. As well, taxis are an option.
8. What are tips for taking a public bus in Tianjin?
The Tianjin bus system was actually the first in all of China. Buses are economic options in the city and are comfortable, clean, and relatively easy to manage.
9. How may I ride the Tianjin Metro?
There are 4 lines that operate throughout the city, run by 2 companies: Tianjin Metro and BMT. Tianjin Metro operates Lines 2-3 and BMT offers Line B1.
10. Where can the Tianjin light rail take me?
The light rail is run by the metro company BMT and runs between the Zhongshanmen area to Donghailu by the sea on the specific TEDA MGRT route.
11. What should I buy in Tianjin?
Beyond the usual items you can find in the modern shopping centers and shops, Tianjin offers some very typical Chinese goods. For example, Xiaozhan rice, Chinese herrings, Spanish mackerels, chub mackerels and prawn are some of the city’s top exports. As far as crafts and traditional items, Tianjin artists create beautiful kites, carpets, clay figures, jade carvings, headdresses, and silver cutlery based on Western styles. Zhang clay figurines are very traditional and have been popular ever since the Qing Dynasty.
12. What are Zhang clay figurines?
Zhang clay figurines are a famous example of folk art originating from Tianjin, with more than 200 years of history since the Qing Dynasty. These realistic clay figures are accompanied by properties made of wood, paper, flowers, and more. Because of the intricacy of this classical art, although small, it takes about 1 month to complete a piece. The figures are generally in the form of Chinese people in the past wearing typical costumes and living daily lives. Famous historic and religious figures are also common. The colors used in the final stages are simple yet striking, making them vital in the portrayal of life in ancient China.
13. Where are some top places for shopping in Tianjin?
Peace Shopping and Pedestrian Street, Heping Road, and Binjiang Dao areas are some of the most popular places for shopping for both locals and visitors. Ancient Cultural Street is a fun place to find traditional souvenirs, but remember to bargain!
14. What is the climate like in Tianjin?
Tianjin is known for its typical Eastern Asia weather similar to that found in Beijing. The winters are very cold, windy, and dry and summers are hot and humid due to a monsoon climate. The Bohai Sea also affects the city’s climate. The city enjoys 4 seasons, with the shoulder months typically dry and windy, and sometimes there are even sandstorms from the Gobi Desert. Spring and fall are generally the most comfortable times for visiting Tianjin.
For the latest weather information when you are in Tianjin, you may call the number 121.
15. What should I pack for Tianjin weather?
If traveling in the summer, bring light clothing that can also protect you from the sun. Cotton and layers are great guidelines to adhere to. The winters are usually freezing, so be sure to pack many insulated layers such as a thick coat and pants with sufficient lining. A hat, gloves, and scarf will also work wonders.
Also, it should be mentioned that Tianjin’s air pollution can be strong, and sometimes there are sandstorms that last for a few days. Therefore, face masks, items to protect your arms and legs, and a scarf to wrap around your face will also be important.