Oct 30 2019


An action packed day.

First, we stopped briefly at GuanYin Hao 官银号 Official Bank. It was relocated from across street, now high rise buildings. It’s next to Tianjin Ancient Culture Street (pedestrians only) 天津古文化街 沽上艺苑. Being one of Ten Scenes, they are located Nankai District. 作为津门十景之一, 位于天津市南开区东北角东门外、海河西岸,系商业步行街.

We then went to 造币总厂 General Mint at
According to Baidu 该厂占地面积31916平方米, 布局原为多进四合院, 以东西向箭道间隔贯通, 砖木结构, 硬山顶. 正房西阔五间, 前出廊或“勾连搭”式. 厢房西阔三间,平面多为“凹”字形, 入口砖砌供券门楼和砖雕花饰犹存. 现仅存平房70余间, 门额有“造币总厂”四字, 吴鼎昌书.

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

Astor House 利顺德饭店

33 Taier Zhuang Road
Heping District, Tianjin 300040, China

This fabled hotel (LiShunDe) 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 haughtily 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.

It’s across the street from Ritz and a block east from Kailuan.


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 and one block north from Kailuan. 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

20th Secondary School in TJ

During my 2018 trip to Tianjin, I passed by this school 天津二十中学 and sneaked in a few photos. Not completely surprise to me, the old guy who manned the gate house by the entrance, said no to our request to going in to take a few photos.


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 14 2018

An afternoon tea at O’Hara’s

O’Hara’s @ the Astor inTianjin China.

The dark panelling makes the place feel good. It’s later afternoon on a Saturday. We’re the second table in the empty bar. Relaxing and unhurried.

The food and drink are ok but the huge utensils are for dinner. I asked for the proper ones …


Apr 14 2018


Tai’an Dao 泰安道
Tianjin, China

The former Kailuan administration was housed in this building. I visited it every time I’m in TJ. This year, I see many newly weds or about to wed take their photos there – very crowded. It’s a stone throw away from Astor and Ritz.

It shares Dagubei Road with Ritz-Carlton and Tai’an with Astor

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.