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Tianjin Office Space Guide

[Updated Oct 2020] A guide to serviced offices and office space to rent in Tianjin as well as general information that may be useful if you are considering renting office space in the city.

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History & Geography

Tianjin is one of northern China’s largest cities and one of the most modern metropolises in the nation. The city is located on the west coast of the Bohai Gulf approximately 100 kilometres southeast of Beijing. From Tianjin one can see Shandong and Liaoning and surrounding Tianjin on all sides is the province of Hebei. The city is on the northernmost point of the Grand Canal of China which connects Yellow and Yangtze Rivers. Tianjin acquired its name from the Yongle Emperor and means ‘the heavenly ford’. In 1725 the city officially became a prefecture, and Tianjin County was established in 1731. In 1858 Tianjin was opened to foreign trade following the Chinese defeat at the hands of the British during the Second Opium War. Many of the European nations who did business with China subsequently built houses, schools and hospitals in Tianjin, many of which remain there to this day. In 1900 the Boxers, a fanatical Chinese sect seized control of the city. The foreigners in the city were under siege and European forces were helpless. Eventually, a force of eight nations defeated the Boxers and once again Tianjin was open for trade. European forces maintained control of the city for several years after the Boxer Rebellion until 1927 when Tianjin officially became a municipality of China. Tianjin was occupied by the Japanese in 1937 during the Second Sino-Japanese War. This occupation lasted until 1945 when Japan was defeated in the end of WWII. Tianjin was then returned to Chinese hands. Since then Tianjin has expanded widely, building infrastructure and new buildings. Today it is China’s fourth-largest city and one of the most important ports in the nation, as well as being a financial and industrial hub. Tianjin is also an important centre of Chinese culture.


In 2011 Tianjin’s GDP was over one trillion Yuan and continues to grow by double percentage figures. The city has the highest per-capita GDP in the nation, followed by Shanghai. Currently, the largest sector of Tianjin’s economy is industry. Industry makes up 58 percent of the economy of the city, with petrochemicals, textiles and car manufacturing taking the lead. Mechanical industries and metalworking are also important in the city and Tianjin is an important hub for the aircraft manufacturer EADS Airbus. A large assembly plant for the Airbus A320 was recently opened in the city, further boosting its economy. Tianjin has several busy industrial complexes, including Tianjin Airport International Logistics Zone, Tianjin Export Processing Zone and the Tianjin Economic and Technological Development Area. Financial services also make up a large part of the Tianjin economy, and the city houses the headquarters of China Bohai Bank. And recently an equity exchange market was opened in the city to trade non-listed public companies. Another bulwark of Tianjin’s economy is its port. Tianjin is an international centre of shipping and logistics, an industry which brings in millions of Yuan in revenue to the city. Agriculture is also an active part of the economy and almost 40 percent of the Tianjin municipality’s land is devoted to the industry.

Tourism & Culture

As one of China’s largest and oldest cities, Tianjin attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. The city is known for its old European architecture, a relic of the European concessions in the city. Most of the architecture is from the 19th and 20th centuries and its graceful design is a stark contrast to Tianjin’s newer structures. Many of the old buildings are under protected status and the streets and alleyways winding around them are full of popular antique markets as well as boutiques. Some of the most famous landmarks in the city are the Drum Tower, St Joseph’s Cathedral, Nanshi Cuisine Street, the Hai River, the Tianjin World Financial Centre and the Astor Hotel. Tianjin has a distinctive culture all its own, including particular cuisine. The city is known for gouboli, a kind of steamed bun with filling, as well as a variety of seafood-based dishes, including its famous seafood stew. Tianjin is also home to Beijing opera, one of the most famous and respected forms of the art. Many tourists come to the city to see its extravagant Chinese New Year celebrations, which include processions and street theatre.


Tianjin is served by the Tianjin Binhai International Airport which is located approximately 13 kilometres from the city centre. The airport connects to 48 different cities both international and domestic. The city itself is served by an extensive bus service consisting of 402 lines around Tianjin. There are a few different train stations in Tianjin, with the largest one the Tianjin Railway Station. The second-largest railway station in the city is Tianjin West, which was newly renovated and expanded in 2008. The Tianjin Metro, in service since 1984 is a much-used network and has 22 stations and two new lines under construction.

Office space to rent in Tianjin

Tianjin has a fairly stable office market which did well in 2012. The vacancy rate has been declining as few new projects come out of the pipeline and demand has been growing steadily. Currently, the vacancy rate stands at approximately 12 percent, however, this has been predicted to drop significantly over the next few years. Logistics and finance have been among the main industries driving demand. Average rents are currently RMB 120.5 per square metre per month though this is predicted to climb steadily.

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