Tianjin is a major port city located in the northern coastal mainland of China and is one of the five National Central Cities of China and a very popular tourist destination. In Tianjin, accommodation is varied and if you are looking for a comfortable, serviced residence with all modern amenities, the conveniently located Ascott TEDA MSD Tianjin would be a good choice. Tianjin Ancient Culture Street (Guwenhua Jie) sits on the west bank of the Hai River on the north east corner of Nankai District. The street starts at Gongbei Avenue in the north and ends at Gongman Avenue in the south and is 0.36 miles long and 16 feet wide. The street was opened on New Year’s Day 1986.In ancient times this was the place where the Goddess of the Sea was worshipped and sailors had rollicking parties.
The street has small shops of blue brick modelled after small shops of the Qing Dynasty. There are around 100 shops in the Qing architectural style with doors and windows decorated with coloured pictures depicting history and mythology, birds, flowers and figures in the form of openwork, relief sculptures and circular engravings. Tianjin Ancient Culture Street merchandise includes cultural relics, antiques, old furniture, the Four Treasures of Study, old books, traditional New Year paintings ,jade jewellery, ,painted clay figures of clay figure Zhang, Tianjin Wei kites etc., Tomatoes on sticks, roasted sweet potatoes, cakes, and Tianjin delicacies are on sale. Local drama or folk art forms are performed on open air stages or in front of the Tianhou Palace. The Queen of Heaven Palace or Tianhou Palace or Niang Palce is at the center of the street and is dedicated to the Goddess of the Sea and prayers are offered here for the safety of sea faring folk. Today, it also houses the Folk Custom Museum of Tianjin and showcases folk crafts and cultural relics. The Yuhangge Taoist Temple is another attraction. The Huanghui Fair honouring the Goddess of the Sea held on 23 March is acknowledged as her birthday.
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