Tianjin is one of the 4 municipalities of China that are directly under the central government & have provincial-level status. Taijin has an urban area that is the third largest in China, after Beijing and Shanghai.
However, despite its size and importance as a port, the town lacks the vitality of other large Chinese coastal towns, and has been unable to attract the same degree of investment as sites such as Shanghai and Guangzhou.
The urban area of Tianjin is situated along the Hai He River. Its ports, some distance away, are situated on Bohai Gulf in the Pacific Ocean.
Subdivisions: Tianjin is divided into 18 county-level divisions, including 3 counties and 15 districts. Six of the districts govern the urban area of Tianjin:
4 of the districts govern satellite cities & rural areas close to the urban center:
3 of the districts govern towns and harbours along the seacoast:
2 of the districts as well as the 3 counties govern cities & rural areas further away from the urban center:
Baodi District; Baodi County before 2001
Wuqing District; Wuqing County before 2000
History of Tianjin
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