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City of Tianjin 
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Tianjin, neaning Port to Heavenly Capital is 130 kilometers southeast of Beijing, serving as Beijing's gateway to the Bohai Sea. China's third largest city with a population of 9,000,000, it is one of the three municipalities directly under the central government. Tianjin stands along the banks of the Haihe River and the bridges on the river, the neighbouring lakes, ponds and streams give this seaside city a distinctive quality. The Song Dynasty (960-1279A.D.) was first settled in Tianjin which made it important in the 14th sentury. By the 15th century it had become a garrison town enclosed by walls. However, Tianjin suffered a lot during the Yihetuan Uprising (or Boxing Revolution) in 1900 when the rebels dug in behind the walls of the old town. After Tianjin was captured, the European invaders tore down the walls to make sure that Tianjin could never again be used as a sanctuary. During those chaotic years, Tianjin was one of the first Chinese cities to set up a fledgeing modern industry. After several decades of development, Tianjin is now one of China's leading manufacturing and commercial centers. The past millennium has left Tianjin with many historical sites, such as Mount Pan in the suburban Jixian country, the 1000-year-old Dule Temple( Temple of Solitary Joy), an elegant mosque, a huge cathedral, the picturesque Water Parker and the Garden of Tranquility), which is studded with many traditional Chinese-style structures headed together by a long corridor. Visitors can also see arts and crafts factories. The four best-known crafts in Tianjin are the New Year paintings from Yangliuqing, the coloured clay figures of Master Zhang Minghan, the kites of Master Wei and carpets. A story describing Master Zhangs suburb skills has it that he took clay to the theatre and made clay figures while watching the performance. Kites by Master Wei once won a gold medal at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition held in San Francisco in 1944.