Tianjin in Hebei Province has been the historic maritime gateway to the China’s capital of Beijing. Because of its location, Tianjin has been immensely important to the geopolitics of the area. Remnants of Tianjin’s painful history as a former colonial concession can be seen in the surviving European architecture and monuments, including churches and thousands of villas. It also supposedly boasts the highest number of Italian sculptures outside of Italy!
A port city metropolis situated along the Bohai Sea in Northern China, Tianjin is China’s largest coastal city and currently ranks fourth largest in urban population following Shanghai, Beijing, and Guangzhou. Meaning “heavenly ford” or “the place where the emperor crossed the river,” Tianjin has historically been the maritime gateway to the nation’s capital of Beijing. Because of its location, controlling Tianjin has been of crucial strategic importance in terms of the geopolitics of the area.
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