Tianjin is famous throughout China for its traditional snacks and great food scene and it’s not something that should be missed!
Shiba Jie Mahua: One of the city’s most popular snacks, this is a sweet, crispy dough, fried in peanut oil and stuffed with various fillings.
Goubuli Baozi: This traditional snack has a history of over 150 years and has become famous not only across China, but also throughout other Asian countries. It is a type of Baozi (dumpling), which originated in Tianjin. One of the features that differentiates it from other types of Baozi is that each Gobuli bun has 18 wrinkles.
Erduoyan Zhagao: This snack translates literally to ‘ear hold fried rice cakes’ and gets its name from the Tianjin Hutong, named ‘Ear-hole hutong’. Glutinous rice is kneaded into a dough and fried to create a golden coloured, crispy rice cake, with a soft centre.
Zhilanzhai Gao Gan: This is a famous sweet snack of Tianjin and originates from the early Ming Dynasty. This dry cake is white in colour, very refreshing and nutritious.
Thanks to its proximity to Beijing and its modern city centre, Tianjin offers visitors a lively nightlife. Not only is the Italian Style Street great to visit during the day, but it’s also a popular and vibrant place to spend the evening. There are also many bars across the city where you can enjoy a western style night out. For a more traditional local evening, go to a Xiangsheng (相声) show. Translated at Crosstalk, this is a traditional Chinese comedic performance in the form of a dialogue between two performers, or in some cases a monologue. Hard to understand, but an interesting part of local life you shouldn’t miss!