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Sitting at the confluence of multiple rivers is Tianjin, an industrious port city with origins dating back to the dawn of Chinese civilization. While Tianjin has served as an active centre of commerce for nearly two millennia, it was the opening of the Grand Canal during the Sui Dynasty that truly secured Tianjin’s role in history as a key port city. After the First and Second Opium Wars, Tianjin housed a variety of foreign communities. While these communities sprung up as a result of prejudiced foreign trade concessions forced upon China after the Opium Wars, the unique architectural and cultural flairs each community brought have left an interesting mark on Tianjin, and visitors today are treated to a cacophony of cross-cultural exposures.

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Rudyard Kipling