History of my hometown Tianjin
February 9, 2007 2:21am CST
Tianjin simply known as Jin is situated in the northeastern part of North China Great Plain, bordering the Bohai Sea in the east, leaning against the Yuanshan Mountain in the north, with its terrain traversing the Haihe River through north and south. It has become the hub of communications of North China and the gateway of the capital city. Ancient Tianjin in a Painting Tianjin was once part of Bohai Sea in the remote antiquity. During the Pre-Qin days, Tianjin once belonged to the Yan and Qi kingdoms of the Warring States. In the Western Han Dynasty, the Tinajin region mainly was part of the Yuyang prefecture, Quanzhou county, the Bohai prefecture and Zhangwu county. Foreign Fightship Showed Power in 1900s The original name of Tianjin was "Zhigu". It was changed into Tianjin in early Ming Dynasty. In 1398, Zhu Di dispatched troops from Beijing in the pretext of "pacification of rebellion", and defeated Zhu Yun Wen and became Emperor. In commemoration of the place where he crossed the river moving southward, he renamed the place "Tianjin" by imperial order, meaning "the place from where the emperor crossed the river" and stationed "Tianjin Guards" there. From then on Tianjin is also called "Tianjin Guards". Tianjin was built in the 2nd year (1404) of the reign of Emperor Yong Le of the Ming Dynasty. Old Drum Tower Street Tianjin was a seaport and an important gateway of the capital city during the Qing Dynasty. The transport of grain by water to the capital continued to develop and it became the economic center in the north.
9 Feb 07
xiexie ni for such a lovely description of your hometown..i love china so this is a great eye opener for me..i was just looking at zhengzhou in henan where my hubby comes from.. Zhengzhou Travel Guide Zhengzhou MapThe capital city of Henan Province, Zhengzhou is located in the middle of China, about 760 km (about 472 miles) south of Beijing and 480 km (about 298 miles) east of Xian. After the Longhai Railway (Lanzhou to Lianyungang) and Jingjiu Railway (Beijing to Kowloon) were completed, their intersection, Zhengzhou, became a vital transportation hub. Thanks to this important position, the city has prospered. With a pleasant climate, Zhengzhou is welcoming all year round. The hottest month is July and the average temperature is about 27 C (80.6 F) while the coldest month is January with an average temperature of -0.2 C (31.64 F). Autumn and spring are the best and the peak tourist seasons. You can enjoy a more beautiful Zhengzhou at that time. Zhengzhou, HenanThe city is a national historical and cultural city and also the first destination for any Henan Tour. The ancient city was the capital of Shang Dynasty (16th - 11th century BC) 3,500 years ago when porcelain and the Chinese technique of bronze smelting were comparatively more developed. A green ceramic glaze pot unearthed in Zhengzhou has been shown to be the most ancient porcelain in China. A long history has left Zhengzhou with many cultural and historic sites. Shaolin Temple situated at the foot of Mt. Song is the cradle of Shaolin Kong Fu. If you are interested in Chinese Kong Fu, the temple and the performances must be seen. One of the four Academies of Classical Learning in the Song Dynasty (960 - 1279), Songyang Shuyuan, gives a complete depiction of Chinese ancient education. In addition, many ancient tombs, temple buildings and battle sites all show the dense culture of Zhengzhou. Zhengzhou of HenanTransportation provision in the city is excellent. Arriving and departing, whether by air, train or bus, is a smooth process as Zhengzhou is a center of transportation in middle China. You can find various grades of hotels inside and near the city. With comprehensive facilities, they provide safe and clean places to stay at a reasonable price. As a provincial capital, Zhengzhou is the height of fashionable entertainment and shopping in Henan - you won't be disappointed. For anyone interested in Chinese ancient history and wishing to know more on it, Zhengzhou is one city that should not be missed.