Tianjin is a municipality in China.
Despite its size and importance as a port, Tianjin lacks the vitality of other large Chinese coastal cities, such as Shanghai or Guangzhou, and is often overshadowed by its bigger neighbor to the west, the nation's capital, Beijing. Still, despite its importance to supplying the capital with much of its materials, "TJ" has an identity of its own.
If traveling internationally, Beijing International Airport is much more likely to serve as an arrival point. Then, with the two cities separted by just 140 km, some form of ground transportation proves highly efficient..
If traveling domestically, even still Beijing may be used as an initial arrival point and then scuttling on to Tianjin. The city has its own airport, Tianjin Binhai International Airport IATA: ZBTJ, which is only 15 km to the east of the urban area. A few international routes are available, including Hong Kong, Seoul, Nagoya and Kuala Lumpur.
Tianjin Railway Station is the largest station in the city. It was first built in 1888 and then rebuilt in 1988. The station was again renovated in 2008 in preparation for the Olympic Games. Tianjin North is another railway stations in the urban area. Tanggu station serves the seaside district of the same name. Tianjin West station is closed for renovation.
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