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  • On the campus there is the southwest village shopping market where you can buy fresh vegetables, meat, eggs, fruit and other items you might need. There is also a restaurant, bank, medicine shop, photo shop, and shoe repair shop. Also nearby the market you can book and buy train tickets.
  • There are two big Carrefour supermarkets outside campus. The largest one is found by going out the east gate of Nankai and turn left, go straight for 20 minutes if you are walking. The smaller is found by going out Nankai’s west gate and turn right. It is about a 15-minute walk.
  • The business area of Bingjiang and Heping road can be found by taking the # 643 bus to Binghe, this takes you to the entrance of Bingjiang Road. You can also take # 8 bus to “bali” hall this takes you to the entrance of the walking street. It will take you about 15 minutes to walk there. This downtown area has buildings with long historic histories as well as large new and old department stores with name brands. It takes you about 15 minutes to get there by a taxi.
  • Old Culture Street has more than a hundred small shops which sell old books, antiques, jade, traditional handicraft articles, folk craft, Yang liuqing year paintings, Zhang color clay figures, Wei’s kites, Liu’s brick carvings, Peking enamel, double-sided embroidery, paintings and many other articles.
  • Food Street has many famous restaurants with many dishes from all areas in China. There are menus from the famous imperial menus to the simple meals of country flavor. You can also find some restaurants that serve western dinners. At present, it is the largest business group selling Chinese food.
  • Shi mansion is located in Yang liuqing Town. It was the residence or home of the Shi Yuanshi family. It is called “The first mansion of north China”. It was built at the end of Qing dynasty (about 1875). It is about 7200 squares meters and the building area is about 2900 squares meters. The theater of Shifu mansion is the biggest civic mansion theater in the north China. It takes 40 minutes to get there from Nankai University by bus, tickets costs 20 RMB\per person. An English guide will charge 40RMB for a small group.
  • Tianjin Museum has many items and is dedicated to preservation and research. It is a nice place to learn and relax. It also includes some history and folk handicrafts.
  • A major bookstore is located on the No. 362 of Dagu South Road in Xihe district of Tianjin where you can buy all kinds of books. There is also a large bookstore across from East Gate.