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Saturday, March 10, 2012

Fascinating Tianjin, China


My travel buddy and our pink rabbit ears are enjoying the Little Italy of Tianjin, China!!!
    Tianjin, China will always be remembered with fondness for the places and faces we saw there! From the cultural sites and the first slow Ferris Wheel ride, it will always be in my heart. During our 2012 trip, at the bullet train from Beijing to Tianjin, we met two university girls and a man who we later knew through his calling card as Jiao. With kindness, Jiao led us to our hotel by offering to join him in his taxi going home as our hotel, he checked on his mobile phone, is just along his way. It was a great relief considering we arrived there at 8:30PM and the number of people hailing taxis. 
     As if one blessing is not enough, another unexpected kindness befell us when a young lad named Steve offered to walk around with us on our second and last day in Tianjin. We were able to see the China House, the old catholic church known as Our Lady of Victory Church, St. Joseph Church, the oldest Buddhist Temple near the Tianjin Eye and the Italian Village. He also brought us to the airport-like train terminal of Tianjin. We had a great time because of their kindness that warmed us, and despite the fact that it was our first cold winter experience...

The Tianjin Eye http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tianjin

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The Tianjin Eye http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tianjin
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Fenghua Bridge on Haihe Riverhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tianjin 
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Entrance to the Culture/Literature Street...

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cute and fascinating pieces...

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mushrooms, i believe...

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fascinating architecture...

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Entrance of Queen of Heaven Palace, 
an important structure and architecture in Tianjin... 
Place of worship for Buddhists.
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Entrance to young artists enterprise... and just beside our hotel.. 

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Inside the young artists enterprise... and just beside our hotel.. 
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Young Artists Incubation Center, Tianjin..
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Admirable government effort benefiting young artists:
Young Artists Incubation Center, Tianjin..    

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at the Young Artists Incubation Center, Tianjin..   
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tianjin eye, up close
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Going up and seeing from above Tianjin at night

Going up and seeing from above Tianjin at night 
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Inside the oldest and important Buddhist temple in tianjin, just near the T-eye...
It was a busy day of worship as it was the second day of teh lunar new year (Feb 22).
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STEVE our new found and kind friend in tianjin
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TOWER, where they throw coins. The higher tower the coin gets in, the greater the chances the wish of the person comes true.... This is Inside the oldest and important Buddhist temple in tianjin, just near the T-eye...It was a busy day of worship as it was the second day of teh lunar new year (Feb 22).

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INCENSE AREA. Inside the oldest and important Buddhist temple in tianjin, just near the T-eye...
It was a busy day of worship as it was the second day of teh lunar new year (Feb 22).

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This Hall houses the Buddha... we can't see any of them as the place  is crowded with worshippers!!!
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This Hall also houses the Buddha... we can't see any of them as the place  is crowded with worshippers!!!
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posing beside the lion, by the Haihe River.
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Our lady of victory church..
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The ceiling of the renovated Our lady of victory church..   

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at the back portion of still pretty church...
you wouldn't believe that the inside of this church is under advanced renovation...
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Our lady of victory church..
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St Joseph Church, Tianjin
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The china house is a french house actually...http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tianjin 

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the juxtaposed china, up close...
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the china house...
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The big ben of london? lol
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Tianjin Haihe Italian Style Town........Ciao!
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Tianjin Haihe Italian Style Town........
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Tianjin Haihe Italian Style Town........

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Tianjin Haihe Italian Style Town........

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A way to end the day...

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