Tianjin simply known as Jin is situated in the northeastern part of North China Great Plain, bordering the Bohai Sea in the east, leaning against the Yuanshan Mountain in the north, with its terrain traversing the Haihe River through north and south. It has become the hub of communications of North China and the gateway of the capital city.
Area covering an area of 11,305 square kilometers. Area code 022
It is divided into 15 districts and 3 counties, with a population of 10.01 million by 2000.
Tianjin has a temperate continental monsoonal climate. The city areas have a mean annual temperature of 12.4 degree celsius, and a mean annual precipitation of 550 mm which occurs mostly in July and August.
Mahua (dough twists), Goubuli Bun (a kind of special steaming bread) and Ear-Hole Fried Cake are The Three Delicacies of Tianjin.
Ping opera, comic dialogue, allegretto, the drum like Meihuadagu and Jingyundagu (story-telling accompanied by percussion instruments include small drum and wooden and metal clappers), etc.
It's the largest industrial city in North China and also the important commercial center and largest port city in northern China, which is rich in petroleum, natural gas and sea salt along the coastal area. As one of China's biggest industrial centers, Tianjin has built up an all-round industrial system with machinery, electronics, textiles, chemicals, metallurgy and?foodstuff, etc., as its mainstays.
What to see
Tianjin is a famous historical city. The best known scenic spots and historical sites include the Panshan Scenery Area, the Park on the Water, the Garden of Tranquility, the Tianhou Palace (Palace of Heavenly Empress), the Dule Temple (Solitary Joy Temple), the Great Wall at the Huangya Pass, and so on.
Tianjin's folk crafts such as hand-made carpets, Yangliuqing's New Year Pictures printed from an engraved wood plate, Zhang's painted clay figurines, kites etc. hold an important position in the China.