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Planning Your Trip

Though it’s just half an hour from Beijing via high-speed train, beguiling Tianjin packs a unique, East-meets-West punch that’s all its own. The former concession port city boasts a promenade-friendly river, European-flavored neighborhoods and rich Chinese culture.

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What to Pack
The Ritz-Carlton, Tianjin

Save room in your suitcase for authentic souvenirs of Tianjin to bring home to family and friends. Among the prized local crafts are Clay Figure Zhang, a traditional folk art, and nian hua, the colorful woodblock prints used as Chinese New Year decorations. Or consider an edible memento of the city’s legendary street food — Tianjin’s sweet roasted chestnuts, sold in stalls throughout the city, are considered the best in China.

Business Travel

If this is your first time traveling to Tianjin on business, you’re in for a treat. Pack efficiently so you’ll have ample extra time to see some sights, too.


  • The temperature in Tianjin varies by season. If you are traveling between May and October, bring lightweight suits and layer; pack a heavier suit from November to April.

  • The air in Tianjin is very dry from November to April; make sure to pack some moisturizing skin and lip care products.

  • Make sure you have a plentiful supply of business cards — failing to offer one may suggest you don’t want to make someone’s acquaintance.
Exploring the City

The coastal metropolis of Tianjin, China’s third-largest city, offers a kaleidoscope of streetscapes that reflect the influences of its colonial European past and modern Chinese future. Here’s how to tackle them.


  • From the Five Great Avenues to Ancient Culture Street, there are byways to explore. Since many of the streets are one-way and crooked, it’s easy to get lost — be sure to bring a printed or digital map with you.

  • There are many unique architectural and cultural attractions to photograph here. Bring your favorite professional photography and video equipment to capture the memories.

  • From the city’s commercial heart, The Ritz-Carlton, Tianjin is convenient to the city’s key attractions, and traveling on two wheels is an easy way to see the sights. Ask your concierge to arrange a bike rental, and pack flat shoes or sneakers and lightweight, cycling-friendly clothes for a unique adventure.
Weekend Getaway

A weekend escape to Tianjin offers just enough time to see some of the most memorable cultural and natural treasures, especially if you’ve packed these items.


  • Taxis are readily available in Tianjin, though you’ll also do plenty of walking and maybe cycling to explore. Pack comfortable clothes you can layer together and flat, comfortable shoes.

  • The right day bag is key to a weekend of unfettered exploration. A simple tote bag, cross-body purse or backpack to carry your essentials will leave your hands free while you’re on the go.

  • Though its nightlife isn’t as frenzied as that of nearby Beijing, Tianjin offers sophisticated dining options along with buzzy bars and lounges. Be sure to pack a more dressed-up ensemble to explore after-hours.
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Victoria Park View
What To Reserve
The Ritz-Carlton, Tianjin

You won’t need a reservation to enjoy Tianjin’s essential delights, like promenading along the Hai River, which runs through the city and is studded with European façades. or sampling its famous street food at Nanshi Shipin Jie. Here’s what not to miss.

A bar with a large window behind it and a lounge with multiple seating areas in front
A bar with a large window behind it and a lounge with multiple seating areas in front
The Ritz-Carlton, Tianjin

A former imperial port, Tianjin means “the place where the emperor crossed the river.” Beijing lies just across the water, making Tianjin an easy day trip from the capital (30 minutes by train). China’s third-largest city is also the country’s most Westernized. Its past life as a concessions port has resulted in an East-meets-West vibe where European-influenced architecture and food can be found alongside traditional hutongs and hawkers selling Goubuli baozi (stuffed buns). Just beyond the city, you can temple-hop and visit the Great Wall of China’s Huangyaguan. It may not get the hype of Beijing or Shanghai, but the lack of tourist crowds is what makes Tianjin one of China’s best-kept secrets.

Family Vacation Fun

Tianjin is the perfect base for families. Learn about the city’s European-influenced past and artisan traditions while wandering the Five Great Avenues and Ancient Culture Street. Explore the region’s culinary intricacies while eating your way across local food stalls, teahouses and restaurants. Theme parks and a giant Ferris wheel provide family fun for all ages. Tianjin is also just a day trip away from bucket-list wonders like the temples and pagodas of Pan Mountain and the Huangyaguan Great Wall.

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