A city known equally for its historic significance (major fighting of China’s Boxer Rebellion were fought here) and European architecture (after the rebellion, victorious European and American armies demanded territorial legations as concessions from the ruling dynasty in Beijing), Tianjin shows plenty of old-school architecture and western cultural artifacts.
My favorite “find” in Tianjin was a church-turned-café in the British Concession that I’ve already blogged about once before.
The city has any number of historic buildings, like the concert hall here where I would fail terribly at seeing a symphony concert.
And of course, its own “historic culture street” full of historic souvenir stands and the occasional intriguing statuary.
Even a couple of decent parks dot the map of the city, overgrown with plants and pagodas.
Surrounding it all, a delicate haze that mystifies as it masks the city. Every couple of blocks is a new surprise!