Have you heard of Tianjin before? Probably not. Yet, you may be surprised to know, Tianjin is the largest coastal city in northern China, and has an urban population of over 16 million people! This makes it the fourth largest city in China right behind the more famous cities of Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou.

Tianjin is a port city and has played a crucial role in China’s economy for hundreds of years. Tianjin has a very advantageous location in both its proximity to the ocean and also to Beijing. If you take a high-speed train between Tianjin and Beijing, you can arrive in only 30 minutes. If you’re driving by car, it takes about an hour depending on where in Beijing you want to go. This makes transitioning to Tianjin super easier. If you are currently an English teacher in Beijing, moving to Tianjin means you get to explore a new city and still visit your friends in Beijing on the weekends!

Here are some of Tianjin’s most famous sites:

Tianjin Eye

The most unique thing about this ferris wheel is that it was built over a bridge. No other ferris wheel in the world is like that. Enjoy the beautiful view of the river and Tianjin by taking a ride on this epic wheel.

Huangyaguan Great Wall

You don’t need to go to Beijing to see the Great Wall. Tianjin has its very own Great Wall pass. For a lovely day out in nature, be sure to check out this section of the Great Wall.

Jinmen Guli Ancient Street

The buildings on both sides of this shopping street are similar to the architecture of the Qing Dynasty. You’ll find lots of great souvenirs as well as a variety of food to test out along this pedestrian street.

Tianjin Radio and TV Tower

Perhaps the best part of this tower is the restaurant on top that gives you the perfect view of Tianjin. There’s no better way to get an overall feel for a city than to see it from above.

Dule Temple

Almost every city in China has a famous temple and Tianjin is no different. This temple is over 1,000 years old and is a great place to visit to get a feel for ancient China.