Five Great Avenues

Five Great Avenues, Tianjin: Hours, Address, Five Great Avenues Reviews: 4/5

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Jane Z
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Aug 2020
The Five Great Avenues located in the center area of Tianjin. It is the most complete architectural complex of foreign buildings preserved in China so far, and is called the World Architecture Expo Garden of China. Many great men in history have also lived here. For example, Gu Weijun (First diplomat of the Republic of China. He was a member of the Chinese delegation to the Paris Peace Conference and the Washington Conference after the WWI), Xu Shichang ( served as president of the Republic of China), Liang Qichao (a member of China’s modernist reformers), Zaizhen (Qing dynasty clan, the last Qing Prince), and American President Herbert Hoover. Although some of the residences are now closed to visitors, there are still many of the most famous buildings you can visit and take photos of. If you really interested in this kind of building, take a stroll along the Hai River and you may find more.
Written June 6, 2021
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Deanosaur89
Edmonton, Canada1,631 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
This area was pleasant to walk around and we found ourselves coming back here consistently while in Tianjin because of the good restaurants in the area. There is a suggested walking path and you can check out the many European style houses and architecture amongst many shaded sidewalks.

You can spend quite a few hours walking around to see many protected buildings and former residences but I would say plan to stop in the area for lunch/dinner. We spent about an hour walking around the area.

We found the area was a good starting point for walking around to see the many sights of Tianjin as there are quite a few very close together so plan your day accordingly. Three metro stations are close to here but would be a 20 minute walk away: Yingkoudao, Xikanglu and Xiaobailou. I would say Yingkoudao is closest to where you want to check out.

The walk is easy but bring tissues and sanitizer as many bathrooms throughout this area do not provide either and some of the restaurants do not have bathrooms inside.
Written July 16, 2021
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Traveller_Oldie
East London, South Africa255 contributions
Jun 2020 • Family
Great historical area with many different houses and styles. Most old houses now taken over by local families and not really maintained. Many bars and drinking spots. Vibrant place to visit in the evening. Take a ride on the horse-drawn carriage around the area.
Written June 7, 2020
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Zarza's Travels
China376 contributions
Nov 2021 • Solo
Lots of buildings and avenues, yes, but too touristy for me. Constantly been asked to go on the horse and cart, or being followed by Chinese photographers clearly trying to take pictures of an ex-pat just took away from any enjoyment of looking at the architecture. Central area had a running-track looking area to walk around, went into a coffee shop here but was very dirty so quickly left. Was going to spend a few hours here but left in 30 minutes, not somewhere I would return to!
Written December 18, 2021
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KodoDrummer
Yekaterinburg, Russia64,088 contributions
May 2019 • Friends
This is a mix of Garden-style European architecture with Western Colonial marks. Walking in the area, one could get the feeling of being in a foreign country. The houses are elegant and the area restaurants look good.
Written June 17, 2019
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ahmni
Blacksburg, VA297 contributions
Feb 2011 • Friends
I cannot say much more about the history of this place beyond what has been said by other reviewers. This is a lovely spot for a stroll on a long relaxing afternoon. There are many great photo opportunities. Somehow these avenues are missing much the noise and traffic found on the surrounding Tianjin streets. Some buildings are open for viewing but most are not; many sites have plaques noting the historical significance - a self-tour can be very informative. Over the past several years many western-style restaurants have been opening in this area. In some ways Tianjin has been experiencing a renaissance of its international heritage, often focused on the Five Great Avenues (wu da dao)
Written September 17, 2011
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jusun2000
Beijing, China59 contributions
Have been to the place several times. This place was regarded as nice vacation resort for high rank officers of Qing dynasty and business man, when there was quite some foreign trading business happening in the city. It was a decent life style for most upper class in Beijing to own a villa in this area. It is quite common to see a monument in front of a house describing about the owner of the house when it was built, with some name that are significant in the history.
Written March 6, 2015
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Fisher A
Paris, France4 contributions
Sep 2012 • Friends
I was in these area of Tianjin, but I was surprise the traffic problems. It has a very nice architecture but it is a mess to park there. Please, go by taxi!
Written October 9, 2012
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Raymond W
Townsville, Australia4,558 contributions
Sep 2011
Tianjin was a surprise highlight of our three week trip through Northern China. This city has one of Asia's best collections of fin-de-siecle architecture, rivalling Shaghai's French Concession area. And yet while this 21st century boom-town is home to many thousands of high-flying expats, you won't see Western tourists anywhere. Odd, really, because this city has some extraordinary European-era architecture, and should be of immense interest to Western tourists.

Five Great Avenues was the residential area of concession-era Tianjin, with Austrians, Frenchmen, Englishmen and Germans rubbing shoulders with the Chinese elite. You can easily imagine these turn of the twentieth century business types wandering the streets in their bowler hats and waxed mustaches, as the whole area is still home to hundreds of historic villas and mansions. Many of the most luxurious looking homes belonged to Kuomintang generals and ministers: warlords, in the parlance of the contemporary Chinese Communist party. We preferred Italian Street and the neoclassical grandeur of the buildings on the bank street, but fans of between-War architecture will enjoy a visit here, too.
Written September 9, 2011
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Jim O
Buffalo, NY61 contributions
Nov 2016 • Friends
So, there is this area called WuDaDau- wait till you see it!! The buildings, built in European-style architecture, from the 1800's till 1900's. Homes, mansions, college buildings. There is such beautiful , ornate, architecture: it is impossible to build them today. The styles range from French to Eastern European. There is a stadium, that looks like an entrance into the Coliseum!!.
Better have good walking shoes ready. Best to spend a couple of days if you want to see every street.
A MUST for architectural buffs.
Written April 21, 2017
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