August 2017. If you’re into branded clothing, luxury accessories and being followed around by fussy over-attentive sales clerks who desperately want your money, then no doubt Tianyi Square will be pushing for top spot on your Ningbo to-do list. I couldn’t give a crap about any of these things, but I still wanted to swing by to see what kind of vibe lay within the city’s largest and most famous square. So to Tianyi Square we came armed with low expectations and a distinct need for caffeine.
August 2017. I had to begrudgingly accept that visually at least Tianyi Square is pretty impressive, with European style structures and modern skyscrapers holding court over a blue pools and pretty fountains. At night there’s a light and music show where the buildings turn blue and one of the fountains transforms into a huge, shimmering peacock.
August 2017. It was during our loop walk around Tianyi Square that I first spied Jiaoqu Yaohang Street Catholic Church, which is just a few minute’s walk from the square’s northern end.
August 2017. You’ll also find a bunch of cool art installations, sculptures and paintings peppered around Tianyi Square. In fact, Tianyi won a major award in 2003 when it was crowned China’s Best Public Art Construction.
August 2017. For me Tianyi Square got some kudos simply because of all the creature comforts I can’t get back in Rui’an, the little Chinese city we live in. There’s a Subway for example, a Dairy Queen (!) and a Burger King, not to mention a proper Starbucks with English speaking staff and open views across the square. It’s the perfect place for people watching, or indeed spending an excessive amount of time discussing the meaning of the word bookish. We never did reach a firm conclusion.
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