Tianhou Palace is often the first museum visitors encounter in Tianjin. Located at the end of the crowded Ancient Culture Street, the palace was traditionally a temple of worship for the Chinese sea goddess, Mazu. Built in 1326, it is now both a Taoist temple and a museum. Although there is no admission charge, the etiquette is to make a donation. This is a mark of respect to the mythical protector of mariners, fisherman and soldiers, who both risked and gave their lives to the seas surrounding Tianjin. Upon exiting the palace, visitors are invited to ring the fortune bell. Again, it’s customary to offer a monetary donation, or alternatively a prayer.