Tianjin treats

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The 274 room, 36 suite St Regis Tianjin has just opened in the Heping district of Tianjin – Beijing’s port city neighbour. Designed by Skidmore Owings & Merrill (the architects behind Dubai’s Burj Khalifa), the new St Regis is an 18-floor building constructed of steel and glass in the shape of a hollowed cube.The nautical themed hotel is also the first hotel in Tianjin to offer Butler service to all guests.

Sounds good? Sure but it would be slobby to spend all your time in Tianjin holed up in a hotel. CD-Traveller tells you how to get the most of out the maritime city, regardless of whether you have one day or four.

St Regis Tianjin


One day
Spend a not to be missed morning becoming acquainted with Tianjin’s old quarter. Much of the action revolves around Ancient Culture Street  and the Drum Tower – with its decorative archways and elegant opera towers – but the Confucian Temple  and Guangdong Guild Hall are also worth a punt. Once you’ve gotten the old town out of the way, amble over to the Italian Concession or Jin Wan Plaza  – top spots for an alfresco lunch.

Refuelled? Make for the open air museum that is Jiefang Lu. Unlike Shanghai, the colonial buildings here haven’t been reconstructed, and an air of fading grandeur prevails. Next, bust out your black Amex and hit Heping Lu for some serious retail therapy. Aim to end your day with dinner at Goubuli followed by drinks at Sitong  or City Space.

Two days
Wudadao tops the sightseeing agenda for day two. As you wander around this gem of a district with its international architecture, you’d be forgiven for forgetting that you’re in Tianjin. A stone’s throw away is Yue Wei Xian. The line out of the door can remind you of queuing to get into a nightclub in your teens, but the Cantonese cuisine and collection of fascinating antiques and artifacts are worth the wait.

Ticked off Wudadao? Check out the TV Tower for jaw- dropping views of Tianjin and the Memorial Hall to Zhou Enlai  for the low-down on the former Premier and the city’s famous son. For a change of pace, take yourself off to Tianjin Waterpark where you’ll have no obligation other than to relax and read a book in one of the park’s pavilions. Have dinner at Kissling and then bounce between the bars of nearby Xiaobailou.

Three days
Three days is the optimum amount of time in which to properly get to grips with this enchanting city. Follow the same route as the two day travel plan, only at a more leisurely pace. You’ll also have time to pile on the pounds at Nanshi Food Street, ride the only wheel to be built over a bridge and admire the architectural feat that is the Tianjin Olympic Centre Stadium.

Four days
On a four day trip you’ll be able to explore further afield. Standouts include the Shi Family Grand Courtyard, Pan Mountain and the Huangyaguan section of the Great Wall. Meanwhile Pringles wearers won’t want to miss the chance to hone their game. Can’t see the attraction of chasing a little white ball up and down a fairway? Golf widows can always enjoy some ‘me time’ at one of the city’s sumptuous spas.

For more top Tianjin ideas, please see: http://www.justabouttravel.net/2010/09/20/tianjin-uncovered/


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