Tianjin is a port about two hours drive east of Beijing. We, my daughter and I, went there by car with a Chinese friend, Julia and her small daughter Sunny one Sunday as we had been told there was a good market for antiques and bric a brac.
Unfortunately the market had closed down so we were told when we arrived but we found a couple of small markets and I was able to buy two small blue and white vases which the stall holder told me were from the Ming Dynasty (oh yeah?) and priced at something like £50.00 ! I offered him the equivalent of £2 and he quickly wrapped them up for me!! They probably came from theChinese equivalent of Woolworths and had been sitting on someone's shelf for a while as they were rather dirty and dusty! I shall bequeath them to my daughter and she can take them to the Antiques Road Show for valuation in 50 years time and see what they say!!!
We strolled round the town, very wide shopping streets and modern shops, stopped for lunch in what looked like a greasy spoon but apart from some very acidy cucumber type vegetable had a surprisingly good meal!
I remember there was a very wide river running through the town but frankly nothing else made much impression. I really don't think it is worth making a visit although the drive there and back was quite scenic.