Tianjin Celebrity Teahouse

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  Tianjin Celebrity Teahouse, the first of its kind in the city, boasts traditional folk custom features and holds folk performances. Built in 1991, the Teahouse is located at the downtown area with a flavor of simplicity and elegance, showcasing distinctive features of Tianjin. Inside the Teahouse is a thrust stage with a round proscenium opening. Traditional handicrafts and local flavors are exhibited for sale. The Teahouse operates three branches, namely the Xinhua Road Branch, Ancient Culture Street Branch and Jinwan Plaza Branch.

  The Teahouse was designed with the assistance of Hu Xieqing, wife of famous novelist and dramatist Lao She, and Wu Tongbin, honorary president of Tianjin Dramatist Association. Its decoration is in line with the traditional style of teahouses. Lacquered square tables, high-back chairs, carved beams, painted pillars, and palace lanterns lend the Teahouse a flavor of antiquity, elegance and solemnity. The Teahouse serves as a place for folk art celebrities to learn from each other. The plaque“名流茶馆”(Celebrity Teahouse) inscribed by famous Chinese comedian Ma Sanli, and the Chinese characters“名流”(Celebrity) inscribed by Hu Xieqing enhance its appeal; “天津名流茶馆”(Tianjin Celebrity Teahouse) inscribed by Tianjin’s former deputy mayor Shi Jian mirrors the local government’ care and support for the cultural undertakings. Folk art celebrities like Luo Yusheng, Ma Sanli, Shang Changrong, Su Wenmao, Wang Yubao, Guan Xuezeng, Wei Wenliang, Tian Lihe, Yang Shaohua and Guo Degang have all staged performances here.

  Opening hours: 2:30p.m. and 7:30p.m. (Mon. - Fri.);

  1:00p.m., 4:30p.m.and 8:00p.m. (Sat.- Sun.)

  Add: intersection of Harbin Rd and Xinhua Rd

  Tel: 022-27116382

Tianjin Theater Museum

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   Tianjin Theater Museum is housed in the Guangdong Guild Hall which was built in 1903. The Guangdong Guild Hall is one of the best-preserved ones following the architectural style of the Qing Dynasty. Its main body features a classical theatrical stage, whose spacious space, daedal design and delicate decoration make it an architecture treasure. Famous artists like Mei Lanfang and Shang Xiaoyun once staged performances here. In 1985, the local government planned to restore the Guild Hall and transform it into a theater museum featuring collection, storage, research, exhibition and publicity of historical relics and materials of dramas. Tianjin Theater Museum opened to the public on January 1, 1986. Deng Yingchao, a famous social activist and former premier Zhou Enlai’s wife, inscribed its name, and Cao Yu, a famed dramatist, was appointed its honorary curator. The Museum has held various exhibitions like The Development History of Chinese Drama, The Development History of Peking Opera, Restoration of the Master Hall, Restoration of Chinese Classical Theater and Characters of Chinese Dramas, bringing the audience closer to Chinese drama. Its classical theatrical stage holds drama performances and serves as a film shooting base.

Tianjin Cultural Center

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   Covering one million square meters, Tianjin Cultural Center is by far the largest public culture construction in Tianjin and comprises Tianjin Museum, Tianjin Art Gallery, Tianjin Library, Tianjin Grand Theater, Sunshine Park, and Civic Square which are equipped with metro lines and supporting facilities. After two-year construction, it was opened to public on May 19th, 2012.

   Tianjin Museum has five floors and one basement, with a floor area of 57,000 square meters. Covering 14,000 square meters, the 13 exhibition halls show the ancient history, modern history and traditional Chinese culture. The Museum has 200,000 collections and 200,000 books, boasting near 1,000 national first-class cultural relics. It is a perfect place to hold relics exhibitions for exchanging and spreading cultures.

  Tianjin Art Gallery has four floors and one basement, covering a floor area of 32,000 square meters and an exhibition area of 10,000 square meters. The exhibition area displays Contemporary Art, Modern Art, Multifunctional Art, and the Chinese Art. It is Tianjin’s first art museum that combines the designs of modern and contemporary styles.

   Tianjin Library has five floors and one basement, covering a floor area of 57,000 square meters. It is a comprehensive public library that integrates book borrowing, digital reading, academic exchanges, social education and classics protection and repair. It holds six million books and offers a 24-hour self-service.

   Tianjin Grand Theater has five floors and three basements, covering a floor area of 100,000 square meters. Designed as “Stage of the City”, it has three parts—Opera Hall, Concert Hall, and Multifunctional Hall, accommodating 3,600 people. It holds more than 300 art performances every year, enabling people to enjoy elegant art.

   Tianjin Cultural Center integrates public culture, leisure, and young people’s activities, playing an essential role in enhancing Tianjin’s cultural soft power, enriching people’s cultural life, and raising people’s cultural awareness.

   Add: 961 Dagu South Rd, Hexi District

Shibajie Fried Dough Twister

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   The century-old Shibajie Fried Dough Twister, taking its name from the former Shibajie (No. 18 Street) where its store was once located, is the most authentic of its kind, thereby being hailed as the “Three Distinctive Snacks of Tianjin” together with Goubuli Steamed Stuffed Bun and Erduoyan Fried Rice Cake.

   Shibajie Fried Dough Twister distinguishes itself with the tasty filling with sesame, peach kernel, melon seed kernel, greengage and shredded orange peels. Its making is the innovative inheritance of traditional cookery—the twister is slowly and thoroughly fired in peanut oil and then coated with sugar and shredded nuts.

   Shibajie Fried Dough Twister is golden in color, crisp and sweet in taste, and shapely in form. If stored in a dry and airy place, the preservative-free Twister can be kept for three months in spring and autumn, and two months in summer.

   Shibajie Fried Dough Twister appeals to tourists from both home and abroadas the best gift for families and friends.

   Opening hours: 9:00 a.m.-8:30 p.m.

   Add: 566, Dagu South Rd, Hexi District

   Tel: 022-28309298

  Average cost: 40 yuan


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  Goubuli (Steamed Stuffed Bun) was initiated in 1858 by Gao Guiyou. Born into a rural family in Wuqing County, Gao was given a childhood name “Gouzi”, which literally meant “baby dog”, in a humble and sincere hope that he would grow up safe and sound. At the age of 14, Gouzi apprenticed in a bun shop in Tianjin and mastered related skills. Then he opened a shop that sold his unique steamed stuffed buns with juicy filling and half-leavened dough wrappers. Soon enough, his buns, palatable and shapely, sold well far and close and kept him busy with no time left for chitchat. Seeing this, his neighbors made up a joke and nicknamed him “Goubuli”, literally “Gouzi sells buns and ignores people”. Later, his buns were also called Goubuli.

  When Yuan Shikai, a top official of the Qing Dynasty, was training the Newly Created Army in Tianjin, he got Goubuli and then presented it to the Empress Dowager Cixi as a tribute. Cixi praised its taste as being life-lengthening.Since then, the reputation of Goubuli has traveled farther.

  Made of well-chosen ingredients, Goubuli tastes mellow, tender and oily. Its filling contains lean meat, smashed ginger, soy sauce, sesame oil and broth; and its wrapper is juice-tight and chrysanthemum-shaped.

  Today, the shop of Gouzi has developed into the Goubuli Group which owns ten restaurants in Tianjin, including the regular chains at Shandong Road, Heping Road, Nanshi Food Street and Water Park East Road.

  Opening hours: 10:45 a.m.-9:00 p.m.

  Add: 77 Shandong Rd, Heping District

  Tel: 022-27302540

  Average cost: 82 yuan

Cultural Tour: “Look at Modern China in Tianjin”

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  Tianjin was one of the first cities that got in touch with Western civilizations in modern times. Many foreign style buildings, especially those in Wudadao, have been built and preserved since Tianjin was opened as a treaty port in 1860. It was the “political backyard” of Beijing and home to the presidents and premiers of the Republic of China (1912-1949) and some forerunners of revolution. Each residence of celebrity carries a history and a story about modern China, which forms a tourism brand of “Look at Modern China in Tianjin”.

Tianjin Tourism: a Quick Overview

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  Tianjin, one of China`s directly-controlled municipalities and the biggest open coastal city in North China, is a famous historical and cultural city among the first batch of China`s excellent tourism cities. Tianjin borders the capital city—Beijing, is bounded to the east by the Bohai Sea and to the north by the Yanshan mountain range. It boasts rich tourism resources including not only extensive physical resources like mountains, rivers, lakes, wetlands and spring ponds, but also unique human resources which epitomize the century-long history of modern China and the integration of Chinese and western culture.

  To develop into an ecological city, international port city and economic center in North China, Tianjin has been creating a better tourism environment featuring rich historical and cultural deposits, unique natural landscapes as well as a modern touch of metropolis. It has been constantly reinventing itself as a majestic and marvelous city where the East meets the West, and tradition merges with modernity. Currently Tianjin ranks among the fastest-growing tourism areas in China.

Tianjin aviation and aerospace industry takes shape

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  The industry posted a 39.6% rise in the first two month of 2012, following a 33.8% growth and a CNY 22.77 billion industrial output in 2011. An aviation and aerospace industrial system of “three aircrafts, one rocket, one satellite and one station” (large aircraft, helicopter, drone aircraft, launch vehicle, direct broadcast satellite and space station) has been established. The total economic output of the industry is expected to be CNY 100 billion by 2015, including CNY 20 billion from related services such as air traffic control, leasing, logistics, training and business services.

  It lasted nine months from the final assembly to the successful flight of the first Airbus A320. Now the production speed has reached 3 aircrafts per month. The 100th aircraft will be delivered in 2012 and the production capacity is going to reach 4 aircrafts each month.

  The construction of new generation heavy-lift carrier rocket industrialization base is making smooth progress. A total of CNY 2 billion has been invested since the first phase construction started in June 2008. All of the more than 30 individual items have been completed except the vibration tower, which is expected to complete in September 2012. Information center, tank welding assembly plant, thermal insulation layer construction plant, compound material plant and forging plant have been put into operation to ensure the smooth operation of research and production.

  The construction of AVIC Helicopter Tianjin Base is in progress. The headquarters and the R&D center are in the fine decoration stage. The production base, which has a construction area of 63 000 m2, will be inspected and opened. The base includes power station, painting hangar, control tower, flight test hangar and repair hangar. Special garage, jet fuel experiment plant and staff office building will be included within 2012. AVIC Helicopter Tianjin Base has delivered the 10 helicopters throughout the year, aiming at a delivery of 20 units in 2012. It will become one of the major helicopter suppliers in the global markets by 2015, when it reaches annual production of more than 300 units.

  Projects related to super spacecrafts, represented by the manned space station project, have kicked off in Tianjin. The planned assembly test and experiment center covers an area of 100 000 m2, including seven functional divisions such as the assembly test and thermodynamic test. The center is targeted to be a premium global base of assembly, test and experiment for mega aerospace vehicles.

  The drone aircraft project, or the Tianjin Aerospace Shenzhou Aerial Vehicle Industrial Base has been under construction since September 2010. The construction of the research building has been completed. Skeletons of No.1 and No.2 steel-framed plants have been finished. The construction of the runway has been basically completed. The first-phase construction will be finished and used for production by year end.

  According to the city’s “12th Five-year Plan” on aviation and aerospace industry development, the industrial structure, which can be summarized as “three aircrafts, one rocket, one satellite and one space station”, is the focus of the city’s aviation and aerospace industry to promote industrial consolidation in the aerospace city, the west zone of TEDA and Binhai Hi-Tech Industrial Development Area. In addition to cultivate the area into a first-class aviation and aerospace industrial manufacturing, research and industrialization base in Asia Pacific region, Tianjin will also develop three affiliated industrial zones in Dongli Aviation Industry Zone, Jinnan Shuanggang Industry Zone and Ninghe Modern Industry Zone in a bid to back up the industry and improve the industrial chain, expanding the upstream R&D and relevant designs.

Tianjin Binhai New Area wages all-out war for “10 Major Projects”

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The campaign to develop the Tianjin Binhai New Area was detailed into “10 Major Projects”, which include Nan’gang Area, Tianjin Port Economic Area, Core Urban Area, Central Business District, Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-city, Dongjiang Free Trade Port Zone, Binhai Tourism Area, Bestown Economic Zone, Western Area, and Tianjin Marine Economic Zone. The “10 Major Projects” cover an area of 2 270 km2 with a total investment of CNY 1.5 trillion in function area development, industrial structure enhancement, social affairs development, ecological environment and standard of living, etc.

  The “10 Major Projects” are:

  Project One To expedite the development of Nan’gang Area, with emphasis laid on Tianjin Nan’gang Industrial Zone, Textile Industrial Park and Gangdong New City, in order to build a world-class petrochemical industry base and a key textile industrial base in Northern China. With a planned CNY 800 billion of investment, Tianjin Nan’gang Industrial Zone, which covers an area of 200 km2, has been designed to be a world-class heavy chemical industry base and a multi-functional port area. The Nan’gang Textile Industrial Park, with an area of 26 km2, will dedicate to developing downstream products of the petrochemical industry, such as textile industry, electronic auto parts and new building materials, etc. It will mainly focus on attracting competitive SMEs, private enterprises and enterprises from other domestic cities that have developed to a certain manufacturing scale in the textile industry. The Gangdong New City will provide residential areas to the Nan’gang Area and serves as a function extension area for the whole region.

  Project Two To expedite the development of Tianjin Port Economic Area, with emphasis on developing equipment manufacturing industries including ship building and repairing, marine engineering equipment and high-speed locomotive, for the purpose of building a world-class heavy equipment manufacturing base in China’s coastal area. The Port Industrial Park will reclaim an accumulative land area of 200 km2, of which the first phase will take a land area of about 80 km2. So far, the industrial park has taken shape with 55 km2 having been completed. The Port Industrial Park has taken its shape. The Port Industrial Park and the Port Industrial Area was combined into the Port Economic Area in Dec, 2010.

  Project Three To expedite the development of Core Urban Area and comprehensively upgrade its capacity, service functions and environment. Covering an area of 53 km2 as planned, the core urban area will be turned into a modernized new city area, which features elegancy, delicacy, fashion and a frontline to showcase China’s opening-up policy, with efforts to improve a group of administrative and cultural facilities and upgrade the urban environment and through high-level planning, high-quality construction and high-efficiency management.

  Project Four To expedite the development of Central Business District, with emphasis laid on modern finance, modern business and high-end commerce, in order to build a reform and innovation hub at Yujiapu and a business and commerce cluster area at Xiangluowan. Central Business District covers an area of 23.46 km2, of which Xiangluowan area is mainly designated for hosting branches or subsidiaries set by entities from other provinces, Central Enterprises offices in the Binhai New Area, group headquarters, R&D centers and supplementary service industry; Yujiapu area is mainly for modern finance service industry.

  Project Five To expedite the development of Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-city, with emphasis laid on developing low-carbon economy, recycling economy and eco-friendly lifestyle, which should meet the international standards and could be easily promoted and duplicated. Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-city, covering an area of 30 km2, is due to be accomplished in 10 years with a projected population of 350 000.

  Project Six To expedite the development of Dongjiang Free Trade Port Zone, with emphasis laid on upgrading comprehensive port service function, developing comprehensive shipping services, international logistics services and bonded processing trade services, in order to build an open and functional bonded port in Northern China. Dongjiang Free Trade Port Zone covers an area of 10 km2.

  Project Seven To expedite the development of Binhai Tourism Area, which occupies an area of 100 km2. Taking the advantage of its vicinity to Beijing and sea area, Binhai Tourism Area will become a seaside tourist destination featuring theme parks, leisure center, eco-friendly lifestyle and yacht clubs, shared by Beijing and Tianjin, which will be regarded as a high-end leisure area and renowned tourist destination in Northern China. Up to May 2012, more than 100 companies have settled in the Tourism Area, with more small and medium-sized service or technology companies coming. The clear goal of the Tourism Area and its complementary industries make it obvious in the “10 Major Projects”, thus leading to a stronger adsorption effect.

  Project Eight To expedite the development of Tianjin Binhai New Area Bestown Economic Zone, which is planned to take up an area of 13.1 km2. The emphasis will be laid on developing international conferences, business services, catering services and entertainment, for the purpose of building a domestic and international conference venue, which is characterized by elements of traditional towns in Northern China, and a cluster area of small-size enterprise headquarters. Pseudo-classic buildings such as the Bestown Ancient Town, Phoenix Street, Wine-purchasing Lane and Billow-viewing College have already been built in the Tianjin Binhai New Area Bestown Economic Zone, attracting nearly 100 companies to settle here which leads to a registered capital of CNY 6 billion. And what’s more, this trend is mounting. In the late April of 2012, Bestown Ancient Town was opened to the public.

  Project Nine To expedite the development of Western Area, with emphasis on developing Aviation Valley, Bolong Lake and Tianjin Economic-Technological Development Area (West Zone), in order to build a high-tech industry base with strong competitiveness and headquarters area for top-notch companies. The Western Area of TEDA has already formed industrial cluster which involves the industry of aviation, car-manufacturing, new energy and material, equipment manufacturing and biological medicine. The Vestas Tianjin Integration Wind Power Production Base has already been one of Vestas’ important global wind equipment manufacturing centers. Tianjin Qingyuan Electric Vehicle Co., Ltd. is the largest whole-motor-car manufacturing base in China. Based on these important projects, the Western Area has formed an industry group and is speeding up to its fast development.

  Project Ten To expedite the development of Tianjin Marine Economic Zone, which is expected to occupy an area of 18 km2. The priority will be given to developing sea product processing and wholesaling, logistics and yacht making, exhibition, maintenance and sale, in order to build a sea product processing and distribution center in Northern China and yacht development center. The road network made up of thoroughfares, the ancient Carp Gate, the Yacht Club and offshore buses have become the new tourism attractions while the Aquatic Production Town, the Model Refrigeratory and the dock with a capacity of 5 000 tons make it possible for the cold chain logistics and aquatic products processing to fulfill the task from fishing to trading. The development orientation of “the Northern processing and distributing center for cold chain logistics and aquatic products, the Northern industry center for yachts” will form new wonderful scenery in the fishing Port area.

  The “10 Major Projects”, which are taking place at Binhai New Area and covers an area of 2 270 km2, will be carried out from east to west. It is a large-scale and grandiose event that deals with reform and opening-up of the area, high-tech innovation, functional zones development and infrastructure construction. It would promote social development, environmental improvement, people’s living standard and every other think you dare to ponder.

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