catchment area of 317,800 sq kilometers (122,800 sq miles), theHaiheRiveris regarded as the 'mother river' ofTianjin. It is a great contributor to the
improvement ofTianjin, and ties closely to the
lives ofTianjinpeople living there for generations. People visiting theHaiheRivertoday appreciate its scenic beauty
as well as its historical and cultural atmosphere.
TheHaiheRiveris a crucial river in North China formed by the
convergence of five rivers inTianjin. Historically, theHaiheRiverwas open to navigation 1,800 years
ago, and gradually became a junction for navigation in the Sui Dynasty
(581-618). Through centuries of development, it became a trading center
gathering a great influx of businessmen from around the nation. Today the former
shipping center is a place for relaxation.
the river present beautiful views starting from Sanchakou (a fork in the river)
toDaguangmingBridge(one of the bridges over theHaiheRiver). Countless attractions along the
banks make the river a popular holiday destination.
Of all the
sights, theHaiheParkis the most
attractive. Like a jade belt attached to the river banks,HaiheParkis an ideal place for pleasure and
rest. Two groups of bronze sculptures are particularly noticeable. Verdant
trees, beautiful blossoms, green lawns, long corridors under ivy-laced frames,
fountains, and sculptures decorate the park. Residents prefer to spend their
leisure time ambling there. Visitors can get a general knowledge ofTianjinfrom the
Squareis a key project in the comprehensive
renovation of resorts along theHaiheRiver. It gained this name from the
adjoining ancient culture street. Focusing on cultural traditions and folk
customs ofTianjin, the designer endowed the square with a
style of solemnity and simplicity. Meanwhile, a modern element enters the
design. The high-tech lighting, the causeway pavement and the wooden floor make
the square a shining pearl of theHaiheRiverbank.
1985, the playground occupies an area of 143,000 sq meters (35.3 acres). There
is a spectacular colorful fountain in the central area. The park offers bumper
cars, passenger-propelled airplanes, and motorcycles to visitors. In addition,
in this playground are three luxurious sightseeing ships, and several speed
boats offering tours along theHaiheRiver. Visitors can also enjoy a boat
excursion at night. Light from both banks melts into the water and drifts off,
like a rainbow.
In addition, theWanghailouChurchlocated at the north bank of theHaiheRiveris one ofChina's cultural relics. In the Qing
Dynasty (1644-1911), there was aWanghailouTower, a pleasure location for emperors who made trips
to their provinces; the Laolongtou Rail Station is recorded as the first rail
station inChina's ancient commercial ports
after the Second Opium War (1856-1860). Together with the establishment of other
constructive projects at that time, it is eyewitness toTianjin's
With its long
history and beauty, theHaiheRiverattracts visitors worldwide. It is a
river endowed with sea strength and river tenderness.