What to see in Tianjin, the city with an European soul

Unknown to Western tour operators despite its proximity (130 km) to Beijing, Tianjin is a city that deserves a visit due to its varied architectural heritage that mixes European-style elements with the typical shapes of modern Chinese megacities, something almost unique in the land of the red dragon. The origins of this mix date back to the late 19th century when Tianjin was divided into eight concessions, six of which were managed by powers from Europe (France, United Kingdom, Italy, Austro-Hungarian Empire and Germany) and the remaining from Japan and the United States. In the time until the concessions were eventually abandoned (second half of the 20th century), each of these countries built structures according to their own architectural standards which later survived Tianjin’s massive urban development and gave it its current multifaceted character.


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