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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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 -:).
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
“Keep walking” a minder told us as we walked by the shooting spot where a tv or movie was being made.
We took the carriage, circling the wudadao, the five big streets.
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?
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.