Some Tianjin Basics
The Lu Ban restaurant is inspired by the City of Tianjin; by it’s traditions, culture, people and of course it’s food.
Tianjin, pronounced as Tientsin, is a City of 15m inhabitants in Northern China, found on the shores of the Bohai Sea. It is also one of the nine national cities of Mainland China.
Whilst many people in the UK may have heard of Tianjin, and depending on what you might read, it is either the 9th, 10th or 11th most populous city in the World. It is similar in size to Mumbai or Manilla.
The name of Tianjin can be translated to either Heavenly Ford, or Ford of Heaven, and the history of the name is long contested.
The walled city was first established in 1404, it’s importance grew as it become a significant port and seaway to Beijing.
Tianjin suffered major loss of life in 1976 during a 7.7 magnitude earthquake. A terrible 24, 345 people lost their lives, 60% of the cities buildings were destroyed, and a further 700, 000 became homeless.
This disaster drove the community and Chinese Government to act, and Tianjin has been growing ever since.
Tianjin now has high speed railway links across China, was co-host of the 2008 Olympic Games, has hosted the Annual Meeting of the New Champions of the World Economic Forum, the UN Climate Conference and the East Asian Games.
Find out more about Tianjin when you visit our restaurant.