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Tianjin Port

Tianjin Port, approximately 160 kilometers (99.4 miles) from Beijing and 56 kilometers (34.8 miles) from Tianjin City, is the biggest artificial port and important foreign commercial port of China. It plays a significant role in the development of the nation's transportation and trading.

Although it became a port during the Tang Dynasty (618-907AD), the history of Tianjin Port can be traced back to the Han Dynasty (206 BC-220 AD). Officially opened to the outside world in 1860, it was one of the earliest foreign trading ports of China. The present Tianjin Port was rebuilt in 1939.

Tianjin Port is the main hub of the Chinese coast and an important link in the transportation system connecting Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei Province. It links more than 400 ports of over 180 countries in the world and enjoys friendly cooperation with the ports of Japan, South Korea, America and the Netherlands.

The passenger depot of Tianjin Port, with modern facilities, has two main buildings equipped with 9 waiting halls and rooms. To the west of the main building there is a booking hall to purchase tickets and a dining room.

Service Number: 022-25707550

Sightseeing by Ship

Tianjin Port has three domestic-scheduled ship lines for passenger transportation to Longkou, Yantai and Dalian and two international scheduled ship lines to Kobe (Japan) and Incheon (South Korea). Tickets for domestic ship lines can be booked five days in advance, and those for international ship lines should be booked a month in advance.

The ship from Tianjin to Dalian departs daily from July to October, and during the other months, it departs on odd-numbered days. The ship to Kobe departs on Mondays at 11:00 and arrives in Kobe Wednesday at 14:00. It returns from Kobe on Fridays at 12:00 and reaches Tianjin on Sundays at 14:00. The ship to Incheon departs every four days.

Consulting Telephone Number: 022-25706752, 022-25706817

How to Go to Tianjin from Beijing

Because of its proximity to Beijing, Tianjin may be a worthwhile side trip when traveling to Beijing. Here are two ways to get to Tianjin:

 By Train
At the Beijing Railway Station and the Beijing West Railway Station, there are many trains to Tianjin, including nearly 20 bullet trains (D-trains) between Beijing Railway Station and Tianjin Railway Station or Tianjin West Railway Station.

 By Coach
1. Take an airport bus in Beijing Capital International Airport.
Departure Time: 07:00, 08:00, 09:00, and the bus runs every 30 minutes from 09:00 to 23:00.
Ticket: CNY 70

2. Take a long-distance bus in these bus stations:
Zhaogongkou Long-Distance Bus Station
Lizeqiao Long-Distance Bus Station
Beijing Nanzhan Long-Distance Bus Station
Jiulongshan Long-Distance Bus Station
Sihui Long-Distance Bus Station

How to Travel Back to Beijing from Tianjin

 By Train
In Tianjin Railway Station, Tianjin West Railway Station and Tianjin North Railway Station, trains can be taken to arrive at either Beijing West Railway Station or Beijing Railway Station.

 By Coach
1. Take an airport bus in Tianjin
Departure Place: Tianhuan Long-Distance Bus Station
Departure Time: hourly between 04:00 and 18:00, and the last bus departs at 18:30 
Ticket: CNY 80

2. Take a long-distance bus in these bus stations:
Tanggu Long-Distance Bus Station
Tianhuan Long-Distance Bus Station
Tongsha Central Bus Station
Beijing-Tianjin Express Dispatch Center

Beijing-Tianjin Intercity High-speed Railway

On July 4, 2005, the traffic project of the Beijing-Tianjin Intercity Railway officially commenced construction at the junction of the two cities. The light rail starts at Beijing South Railway Station and ends at Tianjin Railway Station, spanning up to approximately 115 kilometers (71.5 miles). There will be only three midway stations, Yizhuang, Yongle and Wuqing.

From August 2008, people can take intercity express trains from Beijing South Railway Station and arrive at Tianjin in half an hour. The train runs at a speed of 350 kilometers (217.5 miles) per hour with a minimum departure interval of approximately 3 minutes.