Arts and Culture

In the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region, there are numerous renowned cultural institutions and performance spaces such as the acclaimed Tianjin Grand Theater, Tianjin Concert Hall, National Center for the Performing Arts, and the Forbidden City Concert Hall. Major symphony orchestras and ensembles from around the world perform in these spectacular venues. There are also many museums worth visiting, such as the Tianjin Museum, Tianjin Science and Technology Museum, the Opera Museum, and the Tianjin Art Museum. 

Local Activities

Go on a day trip to visit Tianjin’s portion of the Great Wall of China at Huangyaguan, stroll the historical streets of the Five Great Avenues, or take in the sights at the Tianjin Haihe Cultural Square, located along the Haihe River. Also known as the “Mother River of Tianjin,” the Haihe, lined with historic buildings built in a bygone era, weaves through the central part of the city. It stretches east through Yujiapu, where The Tianjin Juilliard School is located, and empties into the Bohai Sea at the Port of Tianjin. 

Local Cuisine

Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, Tianjin is proud of its distinctive local cuisine, including roast duck, fresh seafood, and famous traditional local snacks such as steamed buns (Goubuli Baozi), fried dough twists, and other delectable desserts. Along with the mouth-watering food, students can experience the warm hospitality of Tianjin’s denizens and learn a few phrases of Tianjin’s distinctive local Mandarin Chinese dialect.


From the high-speed train station adjacent to the school in Binhai, one can reach downtown Tianjin in just over 20 minutes, or Beijing in exactly one hour. Shanghai, just over four hours to the south, is also easily accessible by train. Flights from the Tianjin Binhai International Airport can whisk you away for a weekend of exploration in other fascinating cities within China, or a quick getaway with direct service to dynamic cities like Seoul, Tokyo, Bangkok, and Singapore, among others.