If you go to Tianjin, China, there are a few places that you just have to go! At the top of that list is the Porcelain House (瓷屋 cí wū). It’s also known as the China House, referring to quality porcelain plates.
One of the most underrated places in Tianjin is the Yangliuqing New Year’s Painting Studio. Most people skip it because they don’t spend much time in Tianjin, and the studio is in the outskirts. However, I think it’s really worth a visit!
The New Year’s paintings are a traditional style of Chinese art. While several different places are known for producing them, Yangliuqing is the most well known and most highly regarded. They celebrate the new year, and bring color to the otherwise red country during that time. Most of them depict either stories from ancient tradition or everyday life. The pictures have a distinct feel that comes from how they are made. It’s a long process, and the awesome part of the Yangliuqing studio is you can see the process for yourself.
Getting to Yangliuqing & Travel Tips
Yangliuqing is a suburb to the west of Tianjin. If you drive, it will be about 40 minutes. If you take the public bus, it will be about an hour from the center of town. The good thing about the bus, though, is that it will take you directly to the New Year’s Painting studio (with just a bit of walking). I took bus 824, which starts from Tianjin Train Station, and goes to Shi Family Courtyard. This is another place worth visiting and just a couple minutes’ walk from the studio.
The Shi Family was one of the richest and most powerful families in Tianjin, China in the 1800s. They settled in Yangliuqing, a suburb in western Tianjin and built an extravagant house! Now, that house, named the Shi Family Courtyard, is open to the public for visiting.
Though it’s an hour away, I still recommend visiting the Shi Family Courtyard! It’s a nice place to see how extravagantly rich people lived in early China, and get away from the bustle of the city.
[Recommended Read: Itinerary: Hits and Misses of Two Days in Tianjin, China]
How to Visit the Shi Family Courtyard
The Courtyard is one stop that you can add to your Tianjin, China itinerary. It’s in the suburbs of Yangliuqing, so it’s about an hour away from the city center. However, you can take several different buses (I took 824) directly to the Shi Family Courtyard stop for just 2 RMB each way. The 824 takes you directly to and from the Tianjin Train Station, so that would be good if you’re looking to do something right before you move on.
One of the biggest attractions in Seattle is the Boeing Factory Tour. Manufacturer of the majority of airplanes around the world, Boeing is located about 30 minutes north of downtown Seattle.
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What is the Boeing Factory Tour + Future of Flight Aviation Center?
Unless you are extremely pressed for time, the whole experience should take at least 2 hours. You can arrive to the Boeing factory from the highway, at the exit near Paine Field Airport. It’s clearly marked, so you should have no trouble if you follow the signs for “Future of Flight” – not the Boeing offices for employees.
Peru is an amazing country and one of the best to start traveling with! Located in the center of South America’s west coast, it’s a great mix of beach and desert. I loved it, and I think anyone who goes will love it, too! This Peru bucket list is compiled from my own experiences and those of other travel bloggers!
Peru Bucket List for ALL Travelers:
UNESCO Machu Picchu
- What’s a visit to Peru without Machu Picchu? Standing at the entrance was one of the first times I truly felt a sense of awe at the grand majesty of the site! It’s incredible!
Beijing is one of those cities that you just have to visit – like Paris, New York, Tokyo, and Bangkok! It has so much to offer because it’s one of the oldest capitals in the world. China is also one of the fastest-growing, rapidly-developing countries.
While many of the ancient parts of Beijing have been destroyed over the years, the Chinese government has kept many crucial structures alive.
Beijing has 72-hour visa-free policy, which means that citizens of 50+ countries can enter Beijing for 3 days without a formal China visa before going somewhere else. If you’re just passing through, this might be a good option.
The second-largest of Beijing, China’s four temples, the Temple of Earth, or 地坛／DiTan, is the complement to Beijing’s UNESCO Temple of Heaven. It was built in the Ming Dynasty, around 1530, as an alter for sacrifices during the Summer Solstices. Emperors would worship here to ensure a prosperous harvest for the Chinese people.
The Temple of Earth is square because squares represent earth in Chinese culture; the Temple of Heaven contains mostly circles.
A guide to Badaling with handicap/injury considerations!
If you go to China and do nothing else, you have to visit the Great Wall of China! Going to China for travel and not visiting the Great Wall is like walking into a restaurant and not eating. It makes no sense!
The problem is that the Great Wall is a bit confusing. Before I went, all I knew about it came from the images of it I saw on TV during the Summer Olympics in 2008. When I arrived in Beijing myself, I had no idea how to actually get there!
What Exactly is the Great Wall?
Beijing has been the capital of China for millennia, and Prince Gong’s Mansion (sometimes called Prince Kung’s Mansion) benefits from the riches and culture that Beijing has gathered. Emperor Qianlong built it in 1777 in the middle of the Qing Dynasty on a large tract of land, especially considering the number of people (22+ million) living in Beijing. While it is not one of Beijing’s 7 UNESCO World Heritage sites, it definitely has a lot of culture to offer.
If you go to Beijing as a traveler, the Temple of Heaven should be atop your to-do list! It’s UNESCO because it’s a beautiful masterpiece. Those are the words of the UN itself! If you’re looking for classical China, look no further.