This is more of a thing to avoid.
Horrible place of sadness for the animals and source of contempt to heaved upon the people of Tianjin who seem perfectly happy having animals live in squalor, filth and whatever food or trash they happen to be holding that they think is cute to throw into the cages.
Saw maggots actually eating a dead snake there. This place is really worth a pass.
I've been back several times hoping things have improved but no.
Fuxing Park is a small park in the middle of the Xian Road and Tongguan Road. The reason I write about this location because you can get a very good view of Tianjin City Skyline in this location. There are many local shop-lot nearby the park, and a five stars Hotel Nikko is right opposite the street. The park is well kept with beautiful flowers and some Chinese garden landscape.
In Chinese: 复兴公园 (Fu Xing Gong Yuan)
The Center of old town is the Gulou (Drum Tower) , surrounded by rectangle boundaries of roads. The fours horse roads are , Beima Road (North Horse Road), Dongma Road (East Horse Road), Nanma Road (South Horse Road) and Xima Road (West Horse Road). The old town district has been decorated with traditional street lights, clean and nice walkways, and some art works. It is a great place to shop for calligraphy brushes, snuff bottles, ceramics, jade, chops, jewellery, and etc.
There are several attractions you can consider visiting:
1) Gulou (Drum Tower)
2) Guangdong Guild Hall
3) Tianjin Theater Museum
4) Confucius Temple
5) Tianjin Old Town Museum
6) Old Christian Church
7) Open Opera theater
I think nothing ancient remains in this old town except the Drum tower. But it is worth to spend time here to see the locals culture.
In Chinese: 老城区 ( Lao Cheng Qu)
Chifeng Road is a shopping street located in the city center. This street is very similar to Nanjing Road in Shanghai with old colonial buildings converted to shopping malls, hotels, banks, and restaurants. This is the prime area for those who love to shop for branded goods. There are several chain hotels are located here , for example the Super 8. It is ideal location to stay in Tianjin, not only it is near the shopping malls with beautiful colonial feel, but it is easy to walk to the Hai River, and near the Yingkoudao Station metro subway.
In Chinese: 赤峰道 (Chi Feng Dao)
Tianjin has many buildings are lighting up at night to make the City looks beautiful to attract more visitors. Some of the new colonial buildings were newly built. The interiors are still under renovation and unoccupied,but the lighting of these buildings are on at night till 10pm. This could be the enforcement by the City Government to promote tourism. It is worth the visits of these buildings especially along Hai River. Hotels, Government buildings, Restaurants, Private Condominium Towers, Bank Buildings, and etc have turned on their lights with same color in the City.
Tianjin has a beautiful night scenes along the Hai River. The City of Tianjin has done some much to make the city looks beautiful at night. Most of the colonial buildings are lighted up together with the street lights and bridges along the Hai River. The lighting's experience is like a show to promote tourism. It could be a romantic walk, photograph opportunity, river cruising at night in Tianjin. Most of the lights will be turn off at 10:00pm.
This is my favorite night scenery in China !!
Daguang Ming bridge is one of the bridges in Hai River. You can see it from Tai'erzhuang Road, Hyatt Regency is just right next to it. It looks like a new bridge to me. It was built to look like bridges in Europe and matched those colonial buildings near the bridge . It is beautiful and something new to China.
In Chinese: 大光明桥 (Da Guang Ming Qiao)
On this road, you will see many beautiful colonial buildings. Jiefang South Park is also located there. There are schools, post offices, government buildings, hotels, restaurants, and etc along the street. We saw an Olympic Statue shown Tianjin as one of the venues for a game. One block away is the Hai River. It is a nice beautiful river walk-way, fantastic views of the bridges, and colonial buildings.
You can walk a long way up north at least till you see Tianjin Railway Station to enjoy beautiful scenery both buildings and river-walk.
In Chinese: 解放南路 (Jie Fang Nan Lu)
Xikai Catholic Church and Cathedral is the largest church in Tianjin. It smacks in the middle of Tianjin downtown shopping district. This Catholic church was built by the French in 1913, and the cathedral in 1917. It has the Roman style architecture. I like both the interior and exterior of the Church.
In Chinese: 西开教堂 (Xi Kai Jiao Tang)
Nanjing Road is the main highway in downtown Tanjin. Most of the major hotels and shopping malls are along this road. The intersection with Binjang Road is the center of the shopping district. Binjang Road is another road nearby where you could see the beautiful Catholic Church. Major international retails outlets are here including Watson, Gardian, Isetan, KFC, Starbuck Coffee, etc.
Wudadao means five major roads in Chinese. This area has been preserved as Tianjin Heritages Sites because it has many old European styles architecture villas and the former residences of the well-to-do built between 1920 to 1930. Most of these houses has been converted to commercial use, government offices, and restaurants.
Minyuan Stadium is on Chongqing Road. You can get a horse ride to see the area.
The five roads are Machang Dao, Changde Dao, Munan Dao, Dali Dao, and Chengdu Dao.
In Chinese: 五大道 (Wu Da Dao)
This church is located just across the river from the Old Town. It was constructed in the late 19th century but went through a turbulent history. It was destroyed by a mob in 1870, and again during the 1900 Boxer Rebellion. The Tang Shan earthquake damaged it for the third time in 1976 and it was repaired in 1983.
This pavilion is located near the river in the Old Town along the Ancient Culture Street. It was rebuilt in 1427 but was part of a larger complex before then that consisted of an archway, bell tower, front palace and other pavilions. The complex fell into disrepair and only this pavilion survived.
This temple was first constructed in 1326 during the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368). It's located along the Ancient Culture Street facing east with the Haihe River running in front of it. From the east to the west, the main buildings include the Opera Tower, the Flag Pole, the Temple Gate, the Memorial Archway, the Front Hall, the Main Hall, Canon-Storing Pavilion, the Qisheng Temple, the Bell-Drum Tower, the Side Hall and the Zhangxian Pavilion, etc. The principal building of the palace is the Main Hall constructed on a high and large pedestal, which is of the typical wooden structure style of the mid and late Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). The architectural complex is one of the three major Tianhou temples in China, and also one of the oldest extant Tianhou temples.
This footbridge connects the Hebei district with the Nankai district across the Haihe River. It was built from steel about 100 years ago and is the only bridge that opens horizontally in China. It used to be a floating bridge that was called Dong Float Bridge. In 1906 a joint venture between Italy, Austria and Belgium Concessions removed the floating bridge and built the first steel bridge.