New Style Town
Characteristics: The Xin Yi Street was built on the former Italian concession area, which was the sole concession area of Italy in the world.
Tianjin Xin Yi Street is also known as the Italian Custom Area which was built in 1902. Once it was the concession area in Tianjin. The Italian Custom Area was finished in 2005. It covers the area from Coast area to the Victory Road. Across the river from Xin Yi Street lies the Ancient Culture Street, Peace Shopping and Pedestrian Street, Tianjin Financial Road, Little White CBD and Tianjin Municipal Government. Owning the unique location, the Xin Yi Street is merged with different cultures. Here you can find the celebrities’ residences, characteristic bar, foreign restaurants, western art exhibition. Among those buildings, the most famous are Liang Qichao’s Yinbin Room, Feng Guozhang’s Residence, Cao Yu’s building and Hua Shikui’s House, No. 1 Worker Cultural Palace and Italian Military Camp.
Although the Xin Yi Street is named after a street, actually it is a small town. The center of the Xin Yi Street is the Macro Polo Square. The layout of the street is shaped like a chess board. Both sides of the street are decorated with lamp lights and green trees. In addition, the well preserved fences and other ancient buildings make the Xin Yi Street full of Italian aroma.
The Free Path is the only pedestrian street in Xin Yi Street and most of the buildings are restaurants and bars which attracts many foreign tourists. Most managers are from Apennines Peninsula. Here tourists can not only taste the real pizza, Italian noodles and other Italian snacks. Besides, tourists can also enjoy the Italian style performances and other Italian clothes and handicraft exhibition. There are 24 hours bar, coffee, restaurants, art museum and cinemas, attracting tourists from all over the world.
Transportation: Tourists can take Bus No. 27, 868 and 901 and get off at the East Station.
I updated this article on February 28, 2014
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