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Ancient Culture Street (Gu Wenhua Jie)

Gongnan Main Street, Nankai District, Tianjin 300100, China
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Ranked #1 of 94 shopping in Tianjin
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Malls
Description: Cultural and tourist area recreates an ancient Chinese street with many colorful shops and temples.
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Stroud, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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
Top Contributor
77 reviews 77 reviews
29 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
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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Qinhuangdao, China
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37 reviews 37 reviews
19 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

I really like the atmosphere on Ancient Culture Street. Unlike many tourist-centric shopping streets in China, the vendors aren't trying to follow you around or used-car salesman the living daylights out of you. There's a variety of things to buy from "antiques" to pearls to art and very odd things that don't seem like they belong. There's also a fair... More

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Perth, Australia
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

well worth a visit - allow at least three hours to see everything. we had only one bad experience with a seller, (bag shop right by the main entrance). the old lady owner was so rude to our Chinese friend who was interpreting for us - our is a student of the university we were visiting..So nasty, she reduced her... More

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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

Here you could see lots of traditional things,And you could eat many delicious food which you cannot find in other place except TJ.

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Dhaka City, Bangladesh
13 reviews 13 reviews
10 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

It was a nice day .the experience was real good. It took me to the old days of China. I felt as if I am in the 18th century. there are lots of things to see. if you want to feel the ancient Chinese culture this is a real good place. there are lots of souvenir-shop. I bought lots of... More

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Dalian, China
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10 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

This is a great street to visit when in Tianjin because it just brings you back to China of old. Tons of inexpensive trinkets and and art, and yes, it is always good to request a lower price. The fooderys are very good here and you will have many to chose from as well. Friends live in nearby Hexi and... More

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Sydney, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

It was really good and it is good to shop for souvenirs for friends of buy food to eat. This place is also crowed but it was actually good having crowds because you can hear happiness. I also liked taking pictures with the little dragon statues.

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Tianjin, China
14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

Nice place to stroll during Autumn. A handful of shops selling gourds. Been there many times over the year family. Good to visit closer to Chinese New Year to get the feel of the festival, but may be a bit crowd.Worth a visit.

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