Tianjin Haihe River

Haihe River, Tianjin
Haihe River, Tianjin

The Haihe River (Hai River) is regarded as the 'mother river' of Tianjin. Covering a catchment area of 122,700 sq miles (317,800 sq kilometers), it is a great contributor to the improvement of Tianjin, and ties closely to the lives of people living there for generations. People visiting it today to appreciate its scenic beauty as well as its historical and cultural atmosphere.

The Haihe River is a crucial river in Northern China formed by the convergence of five rivers in Tianjin. Historically, it was open to navigation 1,800 years ago and gradually became a junction for navigation in the Sui Dynasty (581-618). Through centuries of development, it became a trading center gathering a great influx of businessmen from around the nation. Today the former shipping center is a place for relaxation.

Regions along the river present beautiful views starting from Sanchakou (a fork in the river) to Daguangming Bridge. Countless attractions along the banks make the river a popular holiday destination.

Haihe Park

Of all the sights, the Haihe Park is the most attractive. Like a jade belt attached to the banks, it is an ideal place for pleasure and rest. Two groups of bronze sculptures are particularly noticeable. Verdant trees, beautiful blossoms, green lawns, long corridors under ivy-laced frames, fountains, and sculptures decorate the park. Residents prefer to spend their leisure time ambling there. Visitors can get a general knowledge of Tianjin from the locals.

Haihe Cultural Square

It is a key project in the comprehensive renovation of resorts along the river. It gained this name from the adjoining ancient culture street. Focusing on cultural traditions and folk customs of Tianjin, the designer endowed the square with a style of solemnity and simplicity. Meanwhile, a modern element enters the design. The high-tech lighting, the causeway pavement and the wooden floor make the square a shining pearl of the bank.

Haihe Fountain Amusement Park

Bridge on Haihe River
Grand Bridge Over the River

Completed in 1985, the playground occupies an area of 35.3 acres (143,000 sq meters). There is a spectacular colorful fountain in the central area. The park offers bumper cars, passenger-propelled airplanes, and motorcycles to visitors. In addition, in this playground are three luxurious sightseeing ships and several speed boats offering tours along the Haihe River. Visitors can also enjoy a boat excursion at night. Light from both banks melts into the water and drifts off, like a rainbow.

Tianjin Eye, near the origin of Haihe and built on the Yongle Bridge, was completed on 22nd, April, 2008 and opened on 16th, April, 2009. It is the tenth tallest Ferris wheel in the world and has become a famous attraction appealing to many tourists. One of the most wonderful experiences is that you can overlook Tianjin by riding the Tianjin Eye.

In addition, the Wanghailou Church located at the north bank of the river is one of China's cultural relics. In the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), there was a Wanghailou Tower, a pleasure location for emperors who made trips to their provinces; the Laolongtou Rail Station is recorded as the first rail station in China's ancient commercial ports after the Second Opium War (1856-1860). Together with the establishment of other constructive projects at that time, it is eyewitness to Tianjin's development.

With its long history and beauty, Haihe River attracts visitors worldwide. It is a river endowed with sea strength and river tenderness.

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Asked by Joe from GHANA | Feb. 22, 2018 01:59Reply
how do I get Tianjin Haihe River from Teda?
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Answered by Bob from USA | Feb. 23, 2018 02:21

Well, you can take a taxi straight to the river.
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