Panoramic China -- Tianjin: Lustrous Pearl of the Bohai Gulf

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It is easy to have a quick look at China's past and present, but it takes time to gain a panoramic knowledge of China. The "Panoramic China" series is meant to assist readers, especially those overseas, in this respect. Each volume in the series focuses on a province, municipality or autonomous region, describing, with illustrations, the outstanding characteristics of each area from different perspectives. 

Tianjin: Lustrous Pearl of the Bohai Gulf

Tianjin, pioneering seaport metropolis, city of inventive past and unique culture.
Inspired, perhaps, by the dancing waters of the Bohai Gulf, Tianjin became: a naval pioneer-birthplace of modren shipyards and China's first submarine; a commumications pioneer-a post route to all parts and home of China's firstrailway, postal service, cables and telephones; a cultural pioneer with China's first university degree, museum, women's newspaper; a financial pioneer with its own "Wall Street", and industrial pioneer with world-class innovations.

But pioneering has not obliterated tradition-Tianjin is a city of legend and age-old customs and cuisine-never more so than at Chinese New Year.

These elements unite to make the commercial metropolis and major port at Tianjin, with 600 years of unique history and innovation, Tianjin is responding with confidence to the challenges of the 21st century.

Table of Contents
Breeding Ground for Stirring Writings
From Baihe River to Haihe Tiver
From Confucius Temple to Model Schools
From Haihe Culture to Elite Culture
From Quadrangle Homes to Museum of World Architechure
From Opera Stage to Folk Workshop
A Post Route to Every Corner of the world
Tianjin Bureau of the Great Qing Imperial Plst
China's First Telegraph Cable Set Up inTianjin
Large Dragom Stamps and Tianjin
China's First Train Runs from Tianjin
China's First Telephone Line
Flourishing Gold Street
Tianjin Machinery Factory Displays China's Strength
"Red Triangle" Outwits Brunner Mond
The Kailuan Mining Bureau and the Westernization Movement
Tianjin's "Wall Street"
Legends Without End
How Tianjin Got Its Name
Legends of the Table
Clothing History
Celebrating New Year the Old Way
Tianjin Folk Customs
Services to Tianjin
The Tianjin Climate and Best Season
Major Hotels for Forgigners
Major Travel Agencies
Major shops in Tianjin
Tianjin City Proper Map
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