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    The perfect location in Tianjin new district, Binhai

    Information to help guest learn more about the location and the city.

    • Facilities with 2KM

      • TEDA MSD, with an Isetan department store and many bars, restaurants, cafes, offices and convenient stores (10-minute walk)
      • Citizen Plaza BMT station (10-minute walk)
      • Maple leaf international school – Tianjin TEDA (10-minute walk)
      • Nakai University TEDA College (10-minute walk)
      • Binhai International Convention and Exhibition Center (20-minute walk)
      • Tianjin TEDA Tropical Botanical Garden (20-minute walk)
      • TEDA International Cardiovascular Hospital (10-minute walk)
      • TEDA Hospital (10-minute walk)
    • About the City

      Binhai New District was established on 11 January 2010, under the administration of Tianjin Municipality. The area is mainly composed of nine functional districts - Advanced Manufacture Industry Zone, Linkong Industry Zone, Binhai Hi-tech Industrial Development Area, Lingang Industry Zone, Nangang Industry Zone, Haigang Logistics Zone, Binhai Tourism Zone, Zhongxin Tianjin Eco City, Center Business District, and Tianjin Port.

      Tanggu is the centre of Tianjin Binhai New District. Located on the west coast of the Bohai Sea, Tanggu covers a total area of 790.2 km, with a population of about 500,000. Tanggu is between Dagang District in the south and Hangu District and TEDA in the north. Covering 50 km from south to north, and 25 km from east to west, it has a coastline over 92 km long.

      Many rivers from Beijing, including the Chaobai, Yongdingxin, Jiyun, Duliujian and Haihe River, run through Tanggu District before entering the Bohai Sea. Situated in the east of Tanggu District, the Port of Tianjin is the largest comprehensive trading port in North China. With an annual throughput of 250 million tons, the Port of Tianjin has trading relations with more than 400 ports in over 180 countries and regions.

    • How to get here

      By Subway

      • Take Line 9 and alight at Citizen Plaza Station.

      By Taxi

      • From Tianjin Binhai International airport, it takes around 40 min and costs around RMB70.
      • From Tianjin Railway Station, it takes around 1.5 hours and costs around RMB150.
    • Essential Facts about the City

      - Language
      Chinese is the most widely spoken language in the world. Although there are thousands of Chinese dialects spoken, China's official language is Mandarin Chinese, that is, this is the dialect that is taught in school and the dialect used for national radio and tv broadcasts.

      -Time Difference
      GMT+8 Time Zone

      -Visa
      A China Visa is needed by all foreign passport holders upon entry into China with very few exceptions.
      At the time of this writing (April 2016), a Chinese visa is not required for passport holders from the following countries:

      -For a visit of up to 90 days

      • San Marino

      -For a visit of up to 30 days

      • Bahamas
      • Fiji
      • Grenada
      • Mauritious
      • Seychelles

      -For a visit of up to 15 days

      • Singapore
      • Brunei
      • Japan

      All other nationalities are required to obtain a Chinese Visa to enter the People’s Republic of China (PRC). 

      A China Visa is no longer required for transit passengers on a 72-hour stopover coming through Beijing, Shanghai, or Guangzhou airports.

      -Currency

      The official Chinese currency is the Renminbi, which is also referred to as the Yuan. The currency code for the Yuan is CNY; the currency symbol for the Yuan is ¥. RMB currency units are:

      • The Yuan = 1 
      • The Jiao = 1/10 Yuan
      • The Fen = 1/10 Jiao

      Bank notes come in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 and are all different sizes and colours. On the front, they all depict the portrait of Chairman Mao.

      The Renminbi is used in mainland China only. Hong Kong and Macau have their own currencies: the Hong Kong dollar and the Pataca respectively.

      -Shopping

      Tianjin has modern malls and distinctive traditional stores that are sure to fulfil all kinds of shopping desires.

      The Binjiang Dao (or ‘street’) is one of the busiest shopping destinations in Tianjin. This is the place to find all the day-to-day and special items that one can imagine. Heping Business Street is a blend of both western and eastern shopping experiences, featuring some of the leading western retailers, as well as a few famous traditional Chinese stores.

      Visitors can find the latest fashion and other on-trend purchases in many well-known shopping malls, such as Joy City, Galaxy Center and Henglong Square – each a one-stop shopping mall. Afterwards, visitors can try some delectable treats, enjoy a movie or go indoor ice skating. There is a mind-boggling assortment of restaurants to choose from too.

      For shopping, Gu Wenhua Jie deserves a special mention. Traditionally designed stores line either side of the street, selling paintings, calligraphy, jade and other renowned Chinese arts and crafts. This is an ideal place to find souvenirs as you take in the remarkable architecture.

      (upon areas all in Tianjin not in Binhai)

      Tanggu Exotic Cargo Market, located on the western side of Hebei Road, attracts thousands of local people and foreigners. There is a range of about 30 different items, from kitchen tools and cameras to clothing, shoes, caps, watches and lighters. Visitors often find the most remarkable things, generally at a very good price.

      Golden Street is 1.35 km long and divided into three sections. The street is famous for its artistic touches, especially the statutes and lighting. Golden Street is a shopping paradise that attracts different kinds of people, but especially the wealthy, to Tanggu District. Many branded goods can be found here, and shoppers enjoy all kinds of food – including the famous Tianjin local snacks - at establishments such as Goubu Li Fast Food Restaurant, Up Island Café, Brazil BBQ, Korean Cuisines, Italian Pizza, McDonald’s, KFC, and others.

      Beitang is a historic fishing town in the Tanggu district of Tianjin municipality. The area, while returning to its roots, is also becoming a modern hub for recreation, commerce, exhibitions and conferences. In October each year, seafood lovers gather in Tianjin to enjoy the seasonal catch in North China. One venue not to be missed is the seafood street in Beitang that is constructed from shipping containers, once filled with cargo in Tianjin Port.

      VAT/GST (Government Tax: 6%) – No VAT/GST
          VAT 6%

      Gratuity
          Not ecpected

      Business Hours (Most business hours is 9-5)

      Banks are open as follows:
      Mon-Fri: 8:30-17:00
      Sat-Sun: 9:30-16:00

      Shops, may vary, but mostly:
      Mon-Sun: 10:00-21:00

      Offices, mostly:
      Mon-Fri: 9:00-18:00

      Eating Out

      Bordered by the Bohai Sea to the east, Tianjin is one of four Chinese municipalities that are fall directly under the Central Government. This means that travellers can taste all eight great traditions of Chinese cuisines: Anhui, Cantonese, Fujian, Hunan, Jiangsu, Shandong, Sichuan and Zhejiang. Tianjin is also a modern, cultural city that gathers all kinds of gourmet dining from all over the world.
      There are many seafood restaurants in Binhai, such as Beitang Container Seafood Street, Jin Pin Wai Po Qiao and Zhou's Seafood.

      Health

      Tap water is not safe to drink in China - you should use boiled or bottled water for brushing your teeth. Fruit washed with tap water should be peeled immediately before eating, just to be on the safe side.

      All travel involves some risk of getting a stomach upset: even eating in "sanitised" tourist places may not prevent this common malady.
      The following precautions can help you to stay well:

      • Try eating at places that are well-frequented - chances are that the food is fresh if the turnover is high 
      • Fruit should be peeled just before it is eaten 
      • Avoid food from buffets that has been sitting around and is only lukewarm 
      • Rice and noodles are safe if well-cooked and piping hot (as a general rule, this is true of many foods)
      • Avoid raw or undercooked seafood 
      • Fresh salads and uncooked vegetables are not safe 
      • Water, soda, and beer etc, are generally safe if they are in sealed containers

      Vaccinations

      No vaccinations are required for travellers to China, with the exception of Yellow Fever IF you are visiting an infected area prior to your China trip. However, it is a good idea to make sure that all routine vaccinations are up to date. These include Tetanus, Diphtheria (DTaP), measles (MMR), polio, hepatitis B, Chickenpox (Varicella) and influenza.

      Although not required, some vaccines are recommended for travel to China. Hepatitis A and Typhoid are illnesses associated with food and water contamination. If traveling to rural areas, the Japanese Encephalitis vaccine is definitely worth considering.

      If you are spending a lot of time outdoors, or will be in contact with animals, the Rabies vaccine is also recommended. Instruct children not to pet dogs that they might occasionally run into, even if they look "friendly". With such a large population of dogs, Rabies does re-emerge periodically in China.

      Although Malaria is not present in urban areas of China, it is endemic in rural areas of the following provinces: Anhui, Guizhou, Henan, Hubei, Hainan, and Yunnan. If you are traveling to any of these places, make sure you take the necessary precautions.

      Telephone Network

      China has three mobile phone operators: China Mobile, China Telecom, and China Unicom.

      Electricity

      Electricity in China is 220 Volts, alternating at 50 cycles per second. This is double the standard voltage in North America and some other countries, which run on 110V 60Hz.

      The standard wall plug in most households in China has a grounding pin and two power conducting pins in a V-shape. When bringing electrical appliances to China, including devices that need recharging, such as photo and video cameras, video games and rechargeable batteries etc, you must determine what kind of voltage your devices require, and whether you need a converter.
      If your device's electrical plug has a different shape, you must use an adapter.

      Public Holidays

      • New Year’s Day
      • Chinese New Year Eve
      • Chinese New Year
      • Qing Ming Festival
      • Labor Day Holiday
      • Dragon Boat Festival Holiday
      • Mid-Autumn Festival Holiday
      • National Day Holiday