Ancient Culture Street

As the birthplace and cradle of modern high-rising Tianjin, the Ancient Culture Street is located in Nankai district of Tianjin. Rebuilt in 1980's, the Street is one of the great successes in the renovation and redevelopment. Situated at the center of the Street, the Tianhou Temple is the oldest building existed in Tianjin. Built in 1326, it was a worshiping place to the Goddess of the sea to bless the oceangoing seaman of Tianjin. Since then the Temple has been renovated number of times. In 1984, it was turned into a museum of local customs. Besides the traditional buildings, the Ancient Culture Street is lined with hundreds of vendors plugging every imaginable type of culture goody, including ancient books, New Year posters, Zhang family clay figures, Wei family kites, and various handicrafts.

Tianjin Ancient Culture Street covers an area of 224,200 sq meters and has a history of 600 years. The two attractions, Yuan Huang Ge and Tianhou Temple are two historic cultural relics in the list of city level ones reversed. As the result of expanding Tianhou Temple, renovating Yu Huang Ge building and renewing the Haihe Lou, this Ancient Culture Street with fine landscape and distinctive architectural style has been a flourish, cultural and tourist area. The whole block is still conserved the existing urban pattern and tissue of traditional Chinese layout.

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