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Ancient Culture Street (Gu Wenhua Jie)

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Address: Gongnan Main Street, Nankai District, Tianjin 300100, China
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Description: Cultural and tourist area recreates an ancient Chinese street with many...
Cultural and tourist area recreates an ancient Chinese street with many colorful shops and temples.
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Ancient Culture Street - Built in 1986

It's hardly cultural, and it's certainly not ancient since it was only opened in 1986. It's a tourist trap with shop owners waiting to hike prices up for a Westerner. They... read more

2 of 5 starsReviewed February 22, 2015
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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 via mobile

It's hardly cultural, and it's certainly not ancient since it was only opened in 1986. It's a tourist trap with shop owners waiting to hike prices up for a Westerner. They sell the usual tourist tack - panda teddies, paintings of your name, fans, jewellery etc. etc. Not worth the effort of getting there.

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southern illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

I am not sure how ancient it really is but its a fun way to spend to spend the afternoon. It has plenty of shops to visit as well as people. You have people selling their wares on the street too. There is a temple there but you need to buy a ticket if you want to see it. The... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

One of the last "ancient" spot in this huge city. Spent a couple of days for street photography, while hundreds of locals were shopping for the forthcoming Chinese New Year. Very colorful. In the middle of the street is a restored temple yard worth a visit. There is also an interesting Buddhist (restored) temple on the other side of the... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

Very impressed with oots of ancient things with Chinese traditional culture. However you have to be good at bargaining to cut price off. It would be better to provide free seats for old people to have a rest after spending a few hours in this place.

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Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

Historical Chinese streets did not look like this district with its bright array of shops selling a variety of tourist goods, but it's a fun place anyway to stroll as evidenced by the thousands of local tourists who descend upon this street, especially on weekends. Consider it a local crafts and souvenirs district and you'd be more on target, but... More 

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Oachira, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

It is really awesome for the traditional culture exhibition. This place is ful of antiques and old valuable things. The place is very crowded and one of the very good tourist place in Tianjin. If you go there you can see a lot of antiques of China.

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Beverly Hills, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

I am glad we spent time exploring this particular district. There were many art shops with traditional works and we enjoyed ducking in and out of the various stalls checking out the local work. The food situation wasn't so good there...we only saw a couple of street style restaurants, but overall, a must visit in Tianjin.

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Stroud, United Kingdom
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

There many different shops and stalls in the market selling garments, clothing, trinkets all the way to expensive jewellery and statues, carving in wood and stone and much more. You should be able to bargain In most places to a third or less of the asking price in most shops. Not sure about the expensive ones! Few foreigners there which... More 

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Tianjin, China
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

How this can be called "Ancient" defies any stretch of the imagination, given that the entire area, and everything it represents, was destroyed during the "Four Olds" campaign of the 1960s. Best place I can think of to be robbed, either by pickpockets or vendors - one glimpse of a foreign face, and the prices suddenly inflate to astronomical levels.... More 

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Tianjin, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

Like most of the 'Ancient' streets in China, the buildings are relatively new, but in the old style. This however does not takeaway from its beauty and charm. The best part of a visit here is the sampling of traditional snacks and street food. As far as the shopping goes, be sure to bargain as prices are higher than elsewhere.... More 

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