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

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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Mar 21 2016

Jianfu Temple 荐福庵

China, Tianjin, Hedong, Dongxing Rd
天津市河东区小孙庄富贵里 26 (baike)

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This temple was built in 1923, beside the Zhou Ancestral Hall 周公祠, after the passing of Zhou Fu in 1921.

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Mar 21 2016

Wudadao 天津五大道

Tianjin government has designated Five Big Streets – a few streets in Heping (Peace) district – the former British concession as historic, zh wiki. On this trip I only went to Zhou Mingtai (周明泰 zh wiki) not Zhou Shutao (周叔弢 @ 睦南道129号; zh wiki).

Hebei Lu 277 河北路

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“Keep walking” a minder told us as we walked by the shooting spot where a tv or movie was being made.

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We took the carriage, circling the wudadao, the five big streets.

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Mar 21 2016

Random shots of Tianjin

We spend a day in Tianjin on this trip.


Mar 21 2016

Hebei University of Technology 河北工大

Xiping Road No. 5340, Beichen District, Tianjin, 300130,P.R.China
天津市北辰区西平道 5340 号, 邮编:300401. zh wiki

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This school was established in 1903 by Zhou Xuexi 周学熙, as Beiyang Technology School 北洋工艺学堂.

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The exhibit

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Mar 21 2016

Tianjin 2016

Dad wanted to see his former school Yaohua (wiki).  Right before we left, he suddenly announced that he would like to see his second sister at breakfast. I was surprised. I had asked many times as where and whom he’d like to go and see so I could plan. I have no contact with 2nd Aunt so where did we start?

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The cost of gas in Beijing, 92 octane is ¥5.55 and 95 ¥5.92 per liter, which equals to $3.46 a gallon, sure is more expensive than in USA, this 2009 blog complains on gas prices too.

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The drive to TJ is, relatively smooth. We had time to talk in the car (although I would have preferred train), and got to many sites that I or we intended to visit. First we went to Hebei University of Technology 河北工大, it’s an exhibit on Zhou Xuexi. Next, I visited the famed Wudadao 天津五大道, and Jianfu Temple 荐福庵. Before dinner, we got to visit a relative and had dinner at Goubuli Buns 狗不理包子. Going back to Beijing was a little problematic because I needed A Ticket to Ride. A few random shots of Tianjin.