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Xiling Mountain (Xilǐng Xuěshān, 西岭雪山)—also referred to as "Xiling Snow Mountain," "Xiling Snow-Capped Mountain" or just "Xiling Xueshan"—is a pleasant get-away just about two hours by...


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A large and colorful archway greets you at the entrance of Tianjin's Ancient Culture Street (Gǔwénhuà Jiē, 古文化街). Like its counterpart in Beijing, the famous Liulichang (Liúlíchǎng,琉璃厂), the street is an attempt to recreate a traditional Chinese neighborhood in the middle of a modern urban landscape. Though almost everything a fabrication of "old China," it's not hard to appreciate the careful inclusion of authentic-enough details, including carved and brightly colored columns, curved balconies and stylized..

Like many other cities in China where ancient historical sites remain somewhat intact, Tianjin boasts a large palace-like Tianjin Confucius Temple (Tiānjīn Wénmiào, 天津文庙). The temple was built during the Ming Dynasty some 500 years ago. Of particular interest are the goldfish ponds, decorative archways, and Ancestral and Dacheng Halls honoring Confucius and his teachings. One of Tianjin's oldest buildings, this is quintessential classical China. Tianjin guide | Tianjin attractions | Tianjin flights | Tianjin hotels Tianjin..

Tianjin's famous Grand Mercy Monastery (Dàbēi Chányuàn, 大悲禅院) is located beside the Haihe River on Tianwei Lu (Tiánwěi Lù, 田尾路). Belonging to the Zen (Chan) School of Buddhism, the Grand Mercy Monastery is one of the biggest and best-preserved Zen Temples in northern China, though many of the monastery's buildings had to be rebuilt after the 1976 Tangshan earthquake. The temple is divided into two parts: the Old Temple, built in 1669 during the Qing Dynasty, and the New Temple, added in 1940, which..

Located approximately 100 kilometers (62 miles) northwest of Tianjin in Jixian County, Pan Shan (Pán Shān, 盘山) makes for a great getaway from hyper-urban Tianjin and Beijing. Pan Shan's green slopes are famed for their jade pines and rock formations shaped into fantastic shapes by centuries of wind and water. In addition to the jade pines, the mountain is home to over 320 different types of tree, making Pan Shan a botanist's paradise. The main peak, Hanging Moon Peak (Guàyuè Fēng, 挂月峰), rises sharply to 864 meters..

The Shi Family Courtyard Residence (Tiānjīn Shí Jiā Dà Yuàn, 天津石家大院) is a monument to the wealth of the merchant Shi clan, one of 19th-century Tianjin's pre-eminent famlies. Completed in 1875 by Shi Yuanshi, the fourth son of one of the "eight masters of Tianjin," Shi Wancheng, the network of stone and brick courtyards and buildings includes a theater and over 275 rooms that served as apartments and places of business and worship for this powerful family. Today, the Shi mansion, located in the township of Yangliuqing to..

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