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Walking is the best way to see Tianjin especially for BinJiang and Heping area where there pedestrian shopping streets as well as the French Quarters and along the riverside.
Along the river, you can see local Tianjin fishing or exerciiing. Some are even swimming in the river, I don't recommend.
Have a good pair of walking shoes and wear a cap or carry an umbrella if it is hot. Don't keep walking, do stop, rest and smell the flowers and take your photos.
Subway station under construction
There are limited subway lines in Tainjin and so using the bus is better.
Many subway stations are constructed and lines are expanded.
Hopefully soon it will be like Beijing where you can get around to most places fast and cheaply by subway. Until then, not worth the trouble to get around by subway, my opinion.
Compared with Beijing, it is possible to use bicycle to get to most of your tourist destinations in Tianjin.
I saw a few Western tourists pedalling around. The road is fairly flat and so it a feasible option. But you got to get a good map. The map I bought there was all in Chinese and it was not easy to find a bookstore that sells one.
So better to get your English/Chinese bilingual city map of Tianjin at a major bookstore in Beijing and plan your bicycle route.
This is a different mode of getting around in Tianjin.
It may be fun along the French Quarters and along the river where the traffic is lown and an open air view is great.
But recommended if you are stuck in the middle of traffic jam with fumes emanating from noisy cars and buses.
Make sure you negotiate and agree with the price if it is a package of taking you around to here and there and time limit and agreed drop off location.
Downtown Tianjin is much smaller than Beijing and so it is shorter distance to get to your tourist destination if you take a taxi.
Also there are no ring roads and so there is a lot of traffic lights.
So get a map or your destination written in Chinese to show the driver.
Like in Beijing, taxi runs by meter fare.
This is the best way to see the city. There are many buses running in all directions and going to various destinations in the city.
Unlike Beijing which is more organized, it is more challenging to get around and you need language skills or a Tianjin map to point to where you are going. to.
Bus fare is also more expensive than Beijing. 1.50 or 2 yuan comparet to Beijing standard 1 yuan for inner city trips.
Also buses come non-air con and air con. The double decker buses are a treat. At each bus top, the bus numbers are listed and where the buses will be stopping. Unfortunately, everything is in Chinese.
There are many river bridges and landmark buildings along Haihe river.
So there is a flourishing boat cruise from basic touristy to meal included cruises up and down the river.
For anyone who enjoy a river trip, this is not to be missed. Go to the bridge near Guwen Da Jie - Ancient Culture Street and Wanghailou Church and you will several ticket booths along the river bank selling different types of boat trips.
Like its counterpart in Beijing, the Tianjin Railway station is new, modern and impressive.
There are plenty of seats, eating places and souvenir shops to last minute "Ma Hua" dessert. However, I observed items like "Beijing Opening Ceremony" DVD are priced much higher than at major bookstores in Beijing - cost of rental?
As there is allocated seating, there is no rush in queueing and boarding usually start at 15 minutes before departure. As there are many trains, just remember the train ride number, what time and which gate to board.
Before the fast train started, most will travel the over 110 km distance between Beijing and Tianjin by the express highway.
Many standard tours from Malaysia to Beijing include Chengde and Tianjin. And so one spend some time almost an hour, more or less, on the road to get here.
So there is option of taking long distance bus from Beijing to get here and back.
With the opening of this express train frequent service between Beijing and Tianjin Interciy Rail, it takes only 30 minutes comfortable ride to get from one place to another.
There is a first class and second class ticket with small fare difference. More space room for your legs in first class, better refreshment and betterw waiting area in the train stations.
If you have a tight budget, go second class. There is a small charge if you buy return at Beijing station. No small charge if you buy return directly from the automatic machine which has Chinese and English language choice option.
The maximum top speed reached is 350 km per hour. Ride is comfortable and you see the country side go by outside. Highly recommended if you like trains.
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