Apr 14 2018

Dao Wei 道味

162 Machangdao 马场道

Will return.

A lovely fusion restaurant in the Wudadao. I like their young Peking Duck very much – small and tender. Other dishes are delicious and nicely presented. It’s ideal for small groups as they don’t have a main hall. The fake tree in one of the ground level area is a turn off.


Apr 14 2018



This fabled hotel has a long history – since 1863. It’s built by an English missionary. There is a “museum” in the basement but I didn’t visit, the woman  huatily told me there is ¥50 admission, even for hotel guests.

After the afternoon tea at the O’Hara’s bar I wander in and out of the old wing freely – for this reason, not sure I want to spend a night or two there.


Apr 14 2018

The Ritz-Carlton, Tianjin

167 Dagubei Road
Heping District
Tianjin, 300040

It is on the site of Gordon Hall, across the street (解放 Jiefang N Road) from  Astor Hotel. The main entrance is face the Jiefang Garden North 解放北园, a tiny green patch with a Chinese gazebo. There is rich history to this location and the hotel offers a short tour at 6 pm.

1976 Tangshan earthquake had damaged the building. They rebuilt and used as municipal government till 2010. Ritz began in 2013

The columns at their 2-level Chinese restaurant are salvaged from the American garrison, treated and preserved. Nice touch.

Abundant of paintings are hung throughout the public area. The stairs in the lobby somehow, remind me of Gone with the Wind, where Gable noticed his girl.


Gordon Hall during the Great Flood of 1939, photo courtesy of the Tim Brig Collection @ China marine. This one is from Xu Streeet @ wiki.

Apr 14 2018

Tianjin Boxer Uprising Memorial @ 吕祖堂

No.18 Hejia Lane, Ruyi’an Street,
Hongqiao District, Tianjin

LuzuTang Museum, or the Boxer Museum.

The small courtyard was built in 1433. During the Boxer Uprising (some call it rebellion) in 1900, Cao Futian 曹福田 (the leader of Qian fraction 乾字团首领) set his quarter here. The gov renovated it in 1985 and set it up as a memorial – it’s the only 义和团坛口 relic of Boxers in the country.

The simple exhibits are mostly photos, and some of their claims I’ll have to disagree. The language and the mindset is pre-loving-the-west.




Apr 13 2018

Wanghailou @ Tianjin

Église Notre-Dame-des-Victoires
望海楼天主堂 Seaview Tower
292 Shizilin St, Hebei Qu,
Tianjin, China, 300143

This site that housed this Gothic Revival architecture has survived centuries of turmoil. An imperial palace 皇帝行宫 was built in 1773 by the salt merchants.

  • 1773, developed, an imperial palace was built
  • 1862, Jean-Joseph-Léon Talmier 卫儒梅 obtained it from Chonghou 崇厚
  • 1866, 法国神父谢福音 demolished 崇禧观 to build church ..
  • 1869, French Catholic built this brick-timber structure church
  • 1870, Tianjin Massacre, destroyed
  • 1900, Boxer Uprising, destroyed
  • 1976, Tangshan earthquake, damaged


Feb 13 2017

Haihe 海河

Wiki says the Hai River, formerly known as the Peiho or Pei Ho, is a Chinese river connecting Beijing to Tianjin and the Bohai Sea. Oddly, neither zh wiki or Baidu mentioned this fact at all. Perhaps PeiHo was only used in English at the time? This would be my guess. Astor Hotel/House seems to be the photo to illustrate.

May 1 2016

Tianjin Changde Dao 常德道

By Cindy Zhang

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Mar 21 2016

She’s got a ticket to ride

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You got a ticket to ride? … asked John Lennon of Beatles fame.

Due to a little reason, I needed to take the train home but I didn’t have my passport with me. So we waited on Window 1. The woman pointed to the window second to last to her right, for no ID card purchase. Window 2 said he doesn’t deal with no Chinese. Window 3 sent me to see his supervisor. Window 4 made a few phone calls then sent me to Window 5 to make the purchase, using my New York driver’s licence.


Good to know the security is tight. And good to know that my driver’s licence works.

It takes only 32 minutes to get back to Beijing.

New York-Philly-DC, New York-Boston need high speed train, for pete’s sake.

Mar 21 2016

Goubuli Buns 狗不理大酒楼 Go Believe

Hedong District, 11 Longitude Street (@ 8 Latitude St)

Goubuli means dog ignores, is a popular steamed meat buns from Tianjin. According to the legend, the founder was nicknamed doggie and he’s too busy making the buns to respond to his friends. They soon shorten the saying that Doggie didn’t have time for us to Dog ignores; or Go Believe.

I haven’t had this kind of buns for a long time. While living in Tianjin briefly when I was little, I didn’t get to eat it because most people were dirt poor under the reign of Chairman Mao who died in 1976. I’m pretty surprised to see the tall facade for an one dimensional fare. The hallway by the entrance is lined with boxes, and the staff is in white uniform, looking rather sharp.

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In 1992 they opened an outpost in Flushing, New York but didn’t last long. Perhaps without nostalgic, they couldn’t compete on service and varieties. Glad to see them moving forward this time, cashing on the name. They even implement some crowd pleasing bells and whistles, such as coming to your suite, and letting the diner to make the buns. I joked that we would get 20% off for DIY …

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The bottom two were made by me and the top one was by the chef in white toque. … Ok, no 20% off but an extra % added because I didn’t make them right -:).

Mar 21 2016

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