Tianjin

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About this sound Tianjin (Chinese: 天津; pinyin: Tiānjīn; [tʰjɛ́ntɕín]; Postal map spelling: Tientsin) is a metropolis in North China and one of the five national central cities. It is governed as a direct-controlled municipality, one of four such designations, and is thus under direct administration of the central government, and borders Hebei Province and Beijing Municipality, bounded to the east by the Bohai Gulf portion of the Yellow Sea.

As a dual-core city, Tianjin is divided into the old city and the Binhai New Area.Binhai New Area is a new growth pole in china, and maintain an annual growth rate of nearly 30% of the GDP.As of the end of 2010, 285 Fortune Global 500 companies invest and establish branch offices here. Binhai is the base of China's advanced industrial and Financial reform and innovation. Transnational corporations here can enjoy the lowest tax rate of China and highest rate of economic growth.It the reason why Rockefeller, Tishman Speyer , Motorola, Airbus and other famous companies build a branch here. For instance,EADS Airbus has already opened an assembly plant for its A320 series airliners, operational since 2009.

In terms of urban population, it is the sixth largest city of the People's Republic of China, and its urban land area(Binhai New Area is not included)ranks 5th in the nation, only after Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen.Tianjin's urban area is located along the Hai He River, which connects to the Yellow and Yangtze Rivers via the Grand Canal in Tianjin. Its ports, some distance away, are located on the Bohai Gulf in the Pacific Ocean. Tianjin was once home to foreign concessions in the late Qing Dynasty and early Kuomintang (KMT) era. The municipality incorporates the coastal region of Tanggu, home to the Binhai New Area and the Tianjin Economic-Technological Development Area (TEDA).

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