Tianjin is located in the Northeast of Mainland China, at the northern end of what is known as the Grand Canal of China. The Canal, along with the Ziya, Daqing, and Yongding Rivers all converge at Tianjin, forming the Hai He River. The city is located just 75 miles Southeast of Beijing.
Tianjin has long been known for its streetscapes of colonial era buildings, a residue of its status as a Treaty Port after 1858. Now a center of multinational businesses concentrated in the new satellite city known as TEDA (Tianjin Economic Development Area), Tianjin has an extensive modern infrastructure, and is known for the high quality of its industrial products.
Tianjin is one of the four municipalities directly under the control of the Central Government of China. Not only is it one of the most important international harbors and economic centers in northern China, but it is also well-known for its profound historical and cultural heritage.
Tianjin is China’s forth largest city, an independent municipality with a population of 15 million that is a major commercial and industrial center, as well as the biggest port in Northern China.
People from urban Tianjin speak Tianjin dialect, which comes under the Mandarin subdivision of spoken Chinese. Despite its proximity to Beijing, Tianjin dialect sounds quite different from Beijing dialect, which provides the basis for Putonghua, the official spoken language of the People’s Republic of China.
Tianjin lies in a temperate zone and enjoys four distinct seasons a year. The average annual temperature is only 13C with hot summers (in July the temperature can be higher than 26C) and freezing temperatures in January.
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By the end of 2004, over 118 countries and regions had made investment in Tianjin, setting up approximately 16,000 enterprises. 106 of the Top 500 Companies have set up branches in Tianjin.
Although it produces smaller economic output than Beijing, Shanghai, or Guangzhou, Tianjin’s annual GDP growth is the highest in all of China.
Estimates indicate that Tianjin will be the biggest manufacturing city in China by 2020.
Tianjin is one of the first cities to open to foreign banks, and has witnessed the largest increase in foreign banks during the past years.
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The word “Tianjin” means the place where the emperor crossed the river.
People from Tianjin are stereotyped to be talkative, eloquent, humorous and open. The “Tianjin mouth” is a term for the stereotype of the always-eloquent and sometimes-humorous Tianjin native.
Tianjin is the birth place of the first university in China. Tianjin Beiyang School, predecessor of Tianjin University, was founded by Sheng Xuanhuai In 1895.