Join us as we explore the former foreign concessions that were located in Tianjin in the late 1800's to mid-1900's. This walk will guide you through the former American, Russian and German concessions.

They weren't always on the best of terms, but the Americans, Russians, and Germans were all here and they all staked out a claim - at least for a little while. Tianjin played host to several American men who would later hold the title of President, Secretary of State, and General in the U.S. Army. Russian residents of this city came from both sides of their own national revolution and some ended up stateless and unable to return home. The Germans didn't stay long relative to other foreign occupiers, but made big strides in making Tianjin feel like home and had a positive impact on city planning in the process.

Join us as we discover what legacies and buildings these three nations left behind in Tianjin. We will also pass by the former consulate of a European nation that didn't have a concession in Tianjin.

The tour will be led by Michael Hart, Chairman of the Tianjin Executive Committee of AmCham China. He has resided in Tianjin for more than a decade and most of his career focused on commercial real estate in China.

The walking tour will last approximately 3.5 hours. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and dress appropriately for the weather.

Meeting point:

Hedong District at the intersection of Liuwei Road and Shiyijing Road (near DaGuangMing Bridge)

Near Exit C of Shiyijing Subway Station (Line 9)


Member and employee of member companies – RMB200

Non-Member- RMB300

*Individuals will be responsible for their own lunch costs at Smoki & Co. Tickets are limited to 20 attendees on a first come, first served basis.


  • Michael Hart (Chairman of AmCham China, Tianjin and Managing Director of Griffin Business Management.)

    Michael Hart

    Chairman of AmCham China, Tianjin and Managing Director of Griffin Business Management.

    Michael has spent over 20 years in greater China including stints in Taipei, Shanghai and Tianjin primarily focused on commercial real estate. In Tianjin he opened and led a branch office for a NYSE-listed commercial real estate business for over a decade.

    In 2019 he founded Griffin Business Management, a commercial real estate focused investment and consultancy business which has a division that owns and operates American quick service restaurants.

    Michael has spent over a decade on the Tianjin Executive Committee for AmCham China and is its current chairman. He is a regular speaker and author on economic and property issues related to China. He also regularly leads walking tours of Tianjin’s former foreign concessions.

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9:15 AM - 9:30 AM
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM


AmCham Cardholder
Member Price RMB 200
Employee of Member Company
Standard Price RMB 200
Standard Price RMB 300