The largest coastal city in northern China, Tianjin has two prominent city centers. Its main urban area is located along the Hai River and its new and growing urban area, located on the coast of Bohai Sea, is a hub of advanced industry and financial activity.
Since the mid-19th century, Tianjin has been a major seaport and gateway to the nation’s capital. Now the fastest train on the planet links it to Beijing. Known as the “bullet”, this railway masterpiece takes a mere 26 minutes to get to the capital. Tianjin is a modern, developed city, but fortunately, this city has retained an authentic Chinese way of life as well as foreign concession areas and European architecture reminiscent of Shanghai.