Sunday, April 05, 2009

Tianjin Architecture

Tianjin Architecture

Tianjin 100 km east of Beijing boasts an eclectic mix of 19th century western colonial architecture and modern buildings.

Tianjin Architecture

Now one of China's largest cities, Tianjin has long been a gateway to Japan, Korea and the west.

Tianjin Architecture

During the colonial period, the city was divided into separate concessions for each colonial power: Britain, France, Austria, Italy, Russia, Belgium, Japan, Germany - all had economic interests in Tianjin. Many of the old buildings have escaped the wrecker's ball and have ben preserved - the Tianjin Fine Art Museum, for example, is now housed in a French colonial-era building.

Tianjin Architecture

Tianjin's striking modern architecture includes the Tianjin Eye Big Wheel and some bizarre modern sculpture.

Tianjin Architecture
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