Tianjin is a vast and impressive city in its own right with oodles of character and charm – especially since it received a comprehensive facelift for China’s Olympic Games in 2008. There is deep international history here as the area was conceded to foreign powers during the Opium Wars. As a result it’s peppered with historical buildings temples and palaces and you'll encounter a dizzying swirl of cultures. There is a distinctive European flavour in places - notably the architecture of the Five Avenues which features a blend of historical buildings from Europe's past empires.Unique creations like the Tianjin Eye span the river – a fusion between a ferris wheel and a bridge it glows brightly over the river's water at night. The Ancient Culture Street is a traditional Qing Dynasty style stretch of bustling living history. For most however the allure of one of China and the world’s mega-cities Beijing will be too strong a draw. Visit immense cultural treasures like the extraordinary Forbidden City an incredible central labyrinth of 800 palaces. The vast and iconic Tiananmen Square stretches out close by - watched over by a ginormous Chairman Mao portrait - where you can see the Chinese flag ceremonially hoisted high into the sky each day and a venue where dramatic and iconic events of Chinese history have played out. You’re also within reach of one of the world’s most recognisable landmarks - the undulating expanse of the Great Wall of China which snakes across the area's mountains.