Situated in northern China, Tianjin is a city associated with
innovation and financial reform and as such has become a popular
location with expatriates from around the globe. In this guide, we
introduce you to life in Tianjin, from education to leisure
opportunities.living in tianjin
The Wellington College International Tianjin opened in 2011 and is an associate school of the renowned UK based Wellington College. Other international schools in Tianjin include the Rego International School and the Maple Leaf International High School.
Opting for an international school in China has the added benefit of facilitating integration into the expat community through school events and opportunities to get involved with the PTA.
Transportation in Tianjin
Taxis are a popular means of transport in Tianjin. You should only use licensed taxis, which in Tianjin, can easily be identified by the letter E that is on the taxi’s number plate. Licensed taxis should also have a taxi sign on the roof and you should be able to view the driver’s ID. Avoid any taxis that have no evidence of being licensed.
Buses are the most widely used form of transport in Tianjin. There is also a subway that currently operates on four lines across the city, with further lines planned and in construction. A City Card can be purchased, which allows travel on both the subway and buses.
There are many railway stations in the city, with the largest being Tianjin Railway Station. Services operating from this station include a bullet train to Beijing. A shuttle bus service runs between Tianjin Railway Station and Tianjin Airport. The airport has regular flights to other major cities in China as well as international flights to destinations all over the world.
Culture and Leisure
Teahouses are an important part of the Chinese culture, where entertainment is laid on while you drink tea. Tianjin teahouses are particularly known for their crosstalk entertainment, a form of comic monologue or dialogue.
In Tianjin’s Ji county you can visit the Huangyaguan Great Wall, originally built in the 6th century AD and subsequently extended and renovated. Major restoration undertaken in 1987 means it is now the longest renovated part of China’s Great Wall.
Further outside the city, you can also get close to nature in the Baxian Mountain National Nature Reserve, with paths through the mountains and gullies and the chance to see many species of animals and plants.
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