'Red tourism' underpins China‏ city's tourism drive

18th Jul 2013

Students of China's revolutionary history can indulge in specialist tours on city breaks to the large northern coastal metropolis of Tianjin.

The Zhou Enlai and Deng Yingchao Monument and Jintang Bridge are favourite places for "Red tourism", or sites that house integral landmarks in China's revolutionary history.

But Tianjin provides much more than historical interest and cultural sites for visitors.

Its tourism chiefs have underlined the city's versatility by rolling out six themed tours in an effort to transform Tianjin into an international holidaymaking destination.

It is blessed with abundant natural scenery featuring mountains, rivers, lakes and wetlands.

Tianjin was one of original places of contact between China and the West.

This is demonstrated in its architecture, including several Western-styled buildings after it became a trading port in 1860, while its early German-style residential buildings and the Italian district are more than 100 years old.

Holidaymakers are urged to visit Wudadao, the famous Five Big Avenues area.

This comprises 23 streets, hosting around 2,000 villas, each with its own story to tell.

Tianjin is a major modern industrial and commercial centre.

The Tianjin Museum and Tianjin Natural History Museum are ideal places to view the city's heritage, while the city's financial, shoe and wine museums help trace the industrial development.

Tianjin also boasts traditional food streets and European-styled shopping thoroughfares.

The Tianjin Culture Centre is easily the biggest public facility for cultural and leisure activities, featuring museums, galleries, libraries, theatres, and shops.

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