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History of Tianjin

Tianjin was first put on the map as Zhigu (Straight Port) during the Sui Dynasty, when the Grand Canal was constructed. It was named Tianjin (Heavenly Ford) in 1404. By this time the city officials had added city walls to protect it from pirates. It was established as a prefecture in 1725 during the Qing Dynasty, ...Read more>>

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Tianjin Transport - Introduction HOT

Tianjin is easily reachable by air, land and sea. It serves as a major port for the shipping of goods in and out of North China. Its international airport is located approximately 13 km outside the city center. Tianjin has four different railway stations ...... Read More>>

Foreign Trade & Foreign Direct

As an important trading port, the city of Tianjin has trade links with over 160 countries and regions the world over. 80% of its exports are finished or value-added products, with the remainder in primary commodities. Since China liberalized its economy, the number of foreign companies coming to invest in Tianjin has increased dramatically and ... ...Read More>>

Labor force

Human Resource Overview Located in the center of the talent-rich areas surrounding the Bohai Sea, Tianjin has a wealth of human resources. Tianjin has 45 colleges, universities and higher vocational schools with 357,400 students, including 9200 postgraduates. There are more than 20,000 bachelors, masters and doctoral degree students. Tianjin's ... ...Read More>>

Municipal Infrastructure - Post &Telecommunications

Tianjin is the third city on China's mainland to have over a million household telephone lines. Direct dialing can be made to over 1,700 cities and towns in China and over 260 countries and regions around the world. Tianjin has built a hard-wired and wireless transmission network, complemented by an integrated land, sea and air postal system. ... ...Read More>>

Strategic Industries

Tianjin has established 6 strategic industries; namely, electronic and information technology, automobile manufacturing, bio-technology and pharmaceuticals, metallurgy, the petrochemical and marine resources industry and the renewable energy and environmental protection industry. In 2006, the gross output value of these six industries totaled ... ...Read More>>

Tianjin Business Guide - Economic Overview HOT

Vital Statistics (2006) GDP: RMB 433.77 billion GDP per Capita: RMB 41,629 Per Capita Disposable Income of Urban Residents: RMB14, 283 Economic Growth Rate: 14.4% Population: 6.97 million (urban), 3.78million (rural) FDI: US$4.13 billion Annual Average Salary/Wage: RMB 27,252 Government Effectiveness Rating: 64th 2006 Chinese Cities Competitive ... ...Read More>>

Preferential Policy

Encouraged Industries for Foreign Investment in Tianjin 1. Electronic information industry: wireless communication, components and devices, peripheral computer equipment, software, IC, digital audio-video devices, optical communication products and auto electronics. 2. Automobile industry: environmentally-friendly economic cars, medium-sized ... ...Read More>>

Development Zones

Tianjin Economic and Technological Development Area (TEDA) The establishment of the Tianjin Economic and Technological Development Area (TEDA) gave Tianjin one of the country's first state-class developmental areas and since its opening, TEDA has become one of the country's most influential hotbeds for hi-tech and new industries. TEDA hosts ... ...Read More>>

Planning & Development

Industrial Orientation According to Tianjin's Official Plan (2005-2020), the city has oriented itself on becoming the economic hub of the Bohai Bay region, with a focus on building a world-class international sea-port and on emerging as the most important international trade hub in Northern China. Tianjin will focus on establishing a modern ... ...Read More>>

Business Links

◎ Tianjin Municipal People's Government http://www.tj.gov.cn/english/ ◎ Tianjin Commission of Commerce http://english.tjcoc.gov.cn/ ◎ China Commission for Promotion of International Tr http://tianjin.ccpit.org/servlet/infosystem.ServletGoToInfosystemHome(Chinese) ◎ Tianjin Invest http://www.tjinvest.gov.cn/y_jwtz/y_main.asp ◎ Tianjin ... ...Read More>>

Municipal Infrastructure - Public Utilities

A number of public utility infrastructure projects have been started as part of Tianjin's ongoing public utilities improvement plan. In 2006, Tianjin initiated the construction of the Jinbin Water Plant, built the Xianyang Road Water Treatment Plant and the Qingguang Garbage Incineration Plant. Sample of Utilities Costs Water (RMB/cubic m) ... ...Read More>>

Municipal Infrastructure - Transportation

Transportation By 2010, Tianjin will have invested 110 billion RMB in the construction of its harbor, highway system, rail network and airport. Tianjin has placed significant importance on the construction of infrastructure and is striving to increase its capacity to further support investment and present itself as a fully developed and modern ... ...Read More>>

Municipal Government

Mayor Mayor: Dai Xianglong Municipal Departments • Tianjin Municipal People's Government Add: 167 Dagu Lu, Heping District, Tianjin Postcode: 300040 Tel: 022-23325821 • Foreign Affairs Office of Tianjin Municipal People's Government Add: 55 Chongqing Lu, Heping District, Tianjin Postcode: 300050 Tel: 022-23028600 • Tianjin ... ...Read More>>

Business Environment

Geographical Advantages Tianjin is the largest coastal city in northern China with a distance to the Bohai Sea of 50 km and with the capital city of Beijing a mere 120 km away to the northwest. Tianjin is one of China's Big Four municipalities directly under the administration of the Central Government of the P.R.C. and is the economic center ... ...Read More>>

Investment Procedure

1.Establishing a Representative Office in Tianjin Foreign enterprises shall make application to the Tianjin Municipal Administration for Industry and Commerce and submit the following documents: (1) Application for establishing a representative office signed by the legal representative of the foreign enterprise; (2) Authorization document ... ...Read More>>

Office Leasing

Commercial Real Estate Overview In the first quarter of 2007, multinational companies seeking higher quality office buildings sent the rents of Class A office building in the Tianjin commercial real estate market slightly higher. With a currently low vacancy rate, there is almost no room for negotiating on lease rates. Commercial Leasing ... ...Read More>>

Statistics HOT

• GDP: RMB 1.1 trillion (2011) • Per Capita Disposable Income of Urban Residents: RMB 26,921 (2011) • Economic Growth Rate: 16.5% (2011) • Resident Population: 12.938 million (2010) • Unemployment Rate: 3.6% (2010) • Enrollment Rate for Children of School Age: 100% (2011) • Enrollment Rate for High School ... ...Read More>>

Area & Population HOT

The jurisdiction area of Tianjin is 11,760 square kilometers. As of 2006 the city’s urban population reached 12.93 million (Han 97%, Hui 1.75% and Manchu 0.57%). Of the resident population, 6.9million are males, accounting for 53.38% and 6.03 million are females, accounting for 46.62%. ...Read More>>

Location and Climate HOT

Tianjin is located between 38.57°-40.25° N Latitude and 116.71°-118.67° E Longitude. It sits at an elevation of 2.2 to 50 meters above sea level. Tianjin is located on the eastern part of the North China Plain, by the Bohai Bay. Tianjin lies in a temperate zone and it enjoys four distinct seasons. The average annual temperature ... ...Read More>>

Tianjin Transport - Bus HOT

Bus fares in Tianjin are set at 1 RMB and 2 RMB, depending on the distance. As the city has become more and more popular as a tourist destination, some buses have Mandarin/English recordings announcing approaching stops and landmarks. Most buses operate from 5:00-23:30. Travelers are advised to avoid the buses during rush hour, when they are ... ...Read More>>

Tianjin Transport - Boat HOT

Tianjin Port (Xingang Keyun Matou) Tianjin Port offers travelers a luxurious way of getting to and from the city – by ship. Destinations include Yantai, Dalian, Longkou, Honshou, Japan and Incheon, Korea. Travelers should note that ships sail to Yantai during the summertime only. Sailing schedule: Destination Days Travel Time Dalian Mon ... ...Read More>>

Tianjin Entertainment Overview HOT

Tianjin is a lively industrial town with a large expat community and a trendy local population. There's a great variety of pubs and clubs that cater to them. One of the best (and most expensive) is the Sunrise Club on Chongqing Road. My Disco on Anshan Road ...... Read More>>

Tianjin Shopping Areas HOT

Heping Road and Binjiang Road Shopping Streets 和平路和滨江路商业街 These streets are formidable shopping districts in themselves, but when they intersect on the western side of Hai River, there’s an explosion of department stores, ancient shoe ...... Read More>>

Things to buy in Tianjin HOT

Yangliuqing New Year Posters (Yangliuqing Nian Hua) 杨柳青年画 Zhang's Painted Clay Figurines (Ni Ren Zhang) 泥人张彩塑 Wei's Kites 风筝魏 Yangliuqing New Year Posters (Yangliuqing Nian Hua) 杨柳青年画 When Spring Festival (Chinese New Year) rolls around, ...... Read More>>

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