Favorite thing: As Tianjin also co-hosted the Beijing Olympic Games you can find the Olympic Mascots displayed on walls and on sale on the market. Like the Five Olympic Rings from which they draw their colour and inspiration, Fuwa will serve as the Official Mascots of Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, carrying a message of friendship and peace and good wishes from China. Beibei is the Fish, Jingjing is the Panda, Huanhuan is the Olympic Flame, Yingying is the Tibetan Antelope and Nini is the Swallow.
- Arts and Culture
Food - Chatang Soup
Favorite thing: Chatang is made of baked millet and glutinous millet flour. The soup is made by pouring boiling water into the flour and then adding sugar. Chatang is served from a big copper pot whose spout is usually fashioned into a dragon's head.
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- Food and Dining
Food - Goubuli's Stuffed Buns
Favorite thing: Goubuli's stuffed buns are known for their generous filling, which is succulent but not greasy. This famous snack was created during the late Qing Dynasty by a native of Wuqing County, who had the nickname "Dogy." At the age of 14, Dogy left home and came to Tianjin, where he was apprenticed to a restaurant specializing in stuffed buns. As his stuffed buns tasted better and had a unique flavor, they attracted an increasing number of customers. As time went by, his nickname became known far and wide. Later, people changed "Dogy" to "Goubuli" and his buns were eventually called by the same name.
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- Arts and Culture
Tianjin - Olympic Games venue
Favorite thing: Tianjin was given the honor like Shanghai, Qinqdao, Hong Kong to cohost Olympic events with Beijing. The new Tianjin Stadium hosted Olympic football games.
One of the benefits was the prompt completion of the Beijing-Tianjin Express Train line and the new Train station.
One the way to Tianjin, I met a Chinese youth going back wearing the Olympics Volunteer shirt and carrying a boxful of Olympic mascot memorabilia given to him. He was very proud to be part of the success of Olympics Games and the opportunity to stay in Olympics Village.
Sitting on the Double Decker Bus
Favorite thing: Enjoyed sitting on the first row of the 2nd floor of the double decker bus going from the Tianjin TV tower, passed the famous universities and main shopping streets of Tianjin.
From up there, you can see the busy roads of taxis, bicycles and pedestrians. The cost is only 2 yuan.
Reminds me of similar double decker bus rides around Piccaddily Cirucs in London and along neon light signs of Nathan Road in Kowloon of Hong Kong.
Sea of Bikes
Favorite thing: Despite all the pollution in Tianjin there is a suprising number of bicycles. Streets have bike lanes on each side that are just as crowded with bikes as the regular ones are of cars. And just like with vehicles, I've seen lots of nasty bike collisions!
Fondest memory: The first time I arrived in this city all I could think was that everyone must get around by bike. I had never seen so many in my life!
Take a break from the tourists
Fondest memory: Everything about Tianjin makes me want to go back. The people are friendly, the food is delicious, and there are NO tourists. It's nice to know that Beijing, infested with tourists, is just a short train ride away while Tianjin is basically untouched by tourists.
I had been there until Mar,...
Favorite thing: I had been there until Mar, 1999, when I was 22 year old. It is a small city with the noise, dust and sunshine. It is a basket full of my memory.
Fondest memory: the people, the food, and the spring of Tianjin.
Aroud Tianjin you can find some scenes to have a trip. The pic is Beidai River. It is a beach near Tianjin and is a famous landscape aroud North China.
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Fondest memory: We went to a restaurant attached to some hotel for lunch. The food was increadibly cheap, and the service from the waitresses very friendly. After the meal, we asked one of the waitresses for some recommended places to visit in the few hours we had left in Tianjin. Well, she said that she was due to knock off work shortly, and would be happy to show us around! That was it, she took us to see the sights and even arranged a taxi for us driven by one of her friends. He wouldn't accept any money from us.
It was wonderful for her to have done that for us. All she wanted to do was treat us as special guests in her home town, irrespective of the fact that we had merely walked into the restaurant where she happend to be waitressing.
it is a city of more than 8...
Favorite thing: it is a city of more than 8 million people,and tourists generally do not go there;why?
Fondest memory: the train pekin-tien.tsin was very nice,with a service of food and drinks on board,and classical music also
it is impossible to get on board without ticket,there is a hostess in front of every entry of the train!it is very different from france,where trains are regularly visited by hords of criminals who can safely rob and rape...
visit clay figurines shop near...
Favorite thing: visit clay figurines shop near Tianhou Palace in the Culture Street. All the products have price there, so you are free from tough negotiation. This shop seems very popular among Chinese local tourist.
Fondest memory: I bought a clay figurine in the picture at clay figurines shop. Figurine is fragile, so you have to carry very carefully. As you notice from the picture attached, the doll has simple beauty. If you look at it, your heart would be healed.
The hike up Mount Tai is...
Favorite thing: The hike up Mount Tai is spectacular. 100's of people of all ages climbing thousands of steps to a place of amazing beauty. You see this little temple at the top and think there is no way I will make it all the way up there but little stops along the way keep drawing you up and suddenly you are in a little city at the top with spectacular views all around. Magic!!
A photo somewhere in Tianjin's...
Favorite thing: A photo somewhere in Tianjin's market. That age of Joo wasn't that good at doing traveloques, I don't have anything, only a few sketches and one photo wihich is this one at left.
To eat the delicious food.Many...
Favorite thing: To eat the delicious food.Many of them are very famous in China,such as 'goubuli'cake,'jianbin','chatang'and'mahua'.And visit the TV tower,which is the 4th tallest in the world.