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After a very interesting flight where I was the only western person inside the aircraft, I finally arrived in China landing in Tianjin. The cheapest entry point in the Beijing area. From here, I'm only 1hr away from the capital on a 'bullet train'.
"Tianjin is one of the four municipalities in China. Its name means 'the
place where the emperor crossed the river'. Facing the Bohai Sea,
Tianjin, the one time imperial port, ...
Having finished 3 months of boredom and Chinese studying in Qingdao on the 23rd of December I hopped on a bullet train on Christmas eve to spend Christmas with my buds in Tianjin.
It was my first Christmas away from home but we all clubbed together and had a whale of a bloody time.
About 15 of us hired out ...
... to Bruce's centre in two sessions on Thursday and Friday.
Tianjin is a very modern city. It was a European concession and lots of the buildings are very European looking. They have even built a new hotel which us supposed to look like a cross between Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace, with an external facade which looks more like a recreation of Tower Bridge!
We got a taxi to the Astor Hotel which was the first hotel to be built ...
... a stroll along the bank a good way to spend the evening is to cross the Jiefang Bridge to Jiefang North Road (解放北路). This is where the Italian colonial buildings are located. Enjoy the night gazing up at the ...
Here are a few more shots of the Italian Concession before I crossed the river to the western part of the city.