The Great Wall at Huangya Pass
142 kilometers / 2.5 hours
North of Tianjin is the Great Wall of China’s Huangya Pass. Built by the Northern Qi Dynasty (550 – 577) and later reinforced by the Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644), the site today offers opportunities for solitude and exploration long since rendered impossible by large crowds at the wall sections surrounding Beijing.
2 kilometers / 5 minutes
Named after five major cities in China--Chongqing, Changde, Dali, Munan and Machang—the “Five Avenues” lay at the heart of the former British Concession. Known for their eclectic combination of architectural styles, the Five Avenues historically represented the most desirable residential area in the city and were home to government officials, wealthy merchants, celebrities and foreign visitors to the city. Today, the area is evolving into a popular entertainment and leisure district.
Italian Style Street
3 kilometers / 5 minutes
A well-preserved neighborhood from the former Italian Concession, today Tianjin’s Italian Style Street is a popular destination for its Mediterranean architecture, tree-lined sidewalks and exciting collection of Western dining and nightlife establishments.
Ancient Culture Street
5 kilometers / 10 minutes
Opened to the public in 1986, this recreation of a Qing Dynasty commercial thoroughfare is an exciting shopping area with a distinct historic flavor. Along its length craftsmen and retailers peddle traditional handicrafts such as cloisonné, double-sided embroidery, jade carvings and ceramics among other goods.
Shi Family Grand Courtyard
22 kilometers / 40 minutes
Located in Yangliuqing outside the city proper, the Shi Family Grand Courtyard is actually an extensive residential estate built by one of Tianjin’s most wealthy families during the late 19th century. Built primarily of brick and encompassing nearly 300 rooms, the “Grand Courtyard” is often used as a shooting location for China’s popular historical teledramas.
123 kilometers / 2 hours
Northwest of the city, Pan Mountain’s wind-sculpted peaks and lush forested slopes draw visitors year round. 862 meters above sea level at its highest point, the mountain offers views of the Great Wall on clear days and is home to no fewer than 72 Buddhist temples and shrines.