Tianjin's 12 Most Important Landmarks

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Jon Santangelo

Tianjin is one of the most underrated megacities of China. Although it’s less revered than its tier counterparts of Beijing and Shanghai, don’t discount what this metropolis has to offer. Tianjin is a blend of pre-modern European flair, traditional Chinese culture and has a plethora of sites to see. Of the hundred of landmarks in Tianjin, here are some of the most important.

1. Drum Tower

Archaeological site

The Bell Tower once dominated the skyline of Beijing
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Dating back all the way to the Ming Dynasty, this tower was unfortunately destroyed during the cultural revolution of the mid-1900s. But the Drum Tower stands reborn today and houses photography and antique exhibits to help preserve the memory of what once was.

2. Century Clock

Memorial, Building

At the end of the steel retractable bridge of Jiefang is the illustrious timekeeper, Century Clock. This structure isn’t actually that old, yet it’s impression is timeless. The lunar clock may not actually work, but its design brings to life the 12 astrological signs. The symbols of Taurus, Capricorn, Pisces, and the nine other icons each have their own slice of the clock.

Confucian Temple

Hidden downtown is an important relic of the past. The Temple of Confucius was erected in the early Qing Dynasty and frequented by Tianjin’s leaders. Still standing today, this temple features a singular honor to the great Confucius as well as other halls of prayer.

No.1 Dongmenli, Dongma Road, Nankai District, Tianjin 300090, China

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