The Porcelain House
While this property was originally a colonial building, the current owner decided to revamp the mansion into a museum of pottery and antiques, featuring over 700 million pieces of porcelain. From the floors to the ceilings, this house is cluttered with ceramics. Even the roof features an enormous dragon made of porcelain.
No.72 Chifeng Avenue, Heping District, Tianjin, China, +86 22 2712 3366
The Tianjin Opera Museum
Built in 1907 and frequented by revolutionaries all the way from Guangdong, this museum was once a luxurious and highly decorated guild hall. This northeastern opera center has a Guangdong-style courtyard, and the museum is centered around the history of Tianjin opera and its performers. If you’re visiting in March or April, you may be able to catch a live performance here.
This church is an oddity of Gulou Street. Cangmenkou was supposedly founded by a Chinese person, not a Westerner or colonialist, and sits quietly near the Drum Tower in a commercial area. This quaint warehouse-like facility still recognizes Christmas and is stocked with old wooden chairs and flooring. Even if you’ve had your share of church-visiting in Tianjin, don’t miss out on this one.
Tianjin TV and Radio Tower
At over 1,360 feet (414 meters), this is one of the tallest freestanding towers in the world. The top of this tower allows for a full 360-degree panoramic view of Tianjin, which also boasts its own revolving restaurant. Constructed in 1991, this futuristic structure is another under-appreciated spectacle of Tianjin. Photographers and Instagrammers will love it.
Yangcun Village Small World Park
Too far for some, take the chance to escape the bustling downtown and visit Hexi district’s premier nature ground. Tianjin’s People’s Park is full of life. Frequented by many of Tianjin’s local elderly population, there’s something for everyone here. The splendid, classic Chinese-style park allows for scenic jogs, group dancing, and boating in the lake. Make sure to keep note of where you are, this park is gigantic.
The Great Mosque
Up in the northwestern part of Tianjin in the Hongqiao District is one of the most famous mosques in China. The Great Mosque is a revered shrine for the Islamic faith. Inside this mosque are over 60 hung tablets and couplets that are written in Chinese and Arabic. Not all of this temple is open to the public.
The Zhou Enlai–Deng Yingchao Memorial Museum
Tianjin is full of magnificent museums, but if you’ve seen most of them and are looking for a new alternative, try this one. An iconic power couple of China, Zhou Enlai and Deng Yungchao were strong political influencers of the 20th century. Zhou Enlai was the first premier of P.R.C, and his wife, Deng Yingchao, a revered women’s rights activist. The museum illustrates their lives and impact on China.
Shuishang Gongyuan N Rd, Nankai District, Tianjin, China, +86 22 2352 9240
Haichang Polar Ocean World
Visit one of the largest aquariums in the world. Haichang features shows with live dolphins and whales, a vast underwater tunnel, penguins, polar bears, and more. A bit far from city center and often mistaken as a place mainly for kids, this aquatic pavilion has attractions that you can’t find in many other theme parks in China.
Huo Yuanjia Memorial (former residence)
Binhai Aircraft Carrier Theme Park
Undoubtedly one of the most unusual theme parks in the world, Binhai Aircraft Carrier Theme Park is a Russian warship that has been transformed into a playland. Revamped by a Chinese billionaire, the military vessel still is equipped with its weapons, and alongside the artillery are rides, games, and more. This park even featured an electro music festival a few years back.