First established under the Song Dynasty 960 A.D., Tianjin (天津) has been the economic lifeline to the capital city of Beijing. Located on the Hai River, it was an important 19th century port that acquired British, French and Japanese flavor. Since Tianjin is the largest coastal opening in northern China, it quickly became a modernized port and important economic center. Their products, such as textiles, chemicals, rubber and metallurgical items, have become highly competitive in the domestic and world markets. In recent years, they created the Tianjin Economic Development Area where many international companies have invested and established company sites within the city.
Tianjin is China’s3rd largest city that is a major commercial and industrial center as well as the biggest port in north China. 137 km southeast of Beijing, Tianjin is situated at the confluence of five tributaries of the Haihe River, 50 km from the Gulf of Bohai.
Tianjin is best known for its streetscapes of colonial era buildings, a residue of its status as a Treaty Port after 1858. Now a center of multinational businesses concentrated in the new satellite city known as TEDA (Tianjin Economic Development Area), Tianjin has an extensive modern infrastructure, and is known for the high quality of its industrial products.