Saturday, April 10, 2010

Train to Tianjin

We took a train to Tianjin today. The Beijing-Tianjin Intercity Railway, aka the "super fast" train, takes 30 minutes to cover 120 km. It travels at about 315 km/h (somewhere around 200 mph).

Tianjin, located along the coast, was a nice breather from busy Beijing. It was more laid back and lacked the hustle and bustle of the capital. But the smog that is common in Beijing, and most Chinese cities, was here too.

Our visit was twofold: I wanted to do something outside Beijing and had yet to visit Tianjin and use the Intercity Railway; and my mom was looking for a specific Chinese treat that just happened to be made in Tianjin.

We found the dessert item right away and spent the rest of the day visiting an old catholic church, a few tanks and war memorial, a giant clock near the train station, walked along the river and finished with a trip to the drum tower for red sweet potatoes (a favorite treat of mine in China).

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