Astor Hotel

early view

An early view of the Astor House Hotel and Victoria Park. Gordon Hall is just visible in upper left.


Herbert Hoover, president of the U.S., and a onetime Tientsin resident during the Boxer rebellion, called Tienstin an universal city, “like a world in miniature with all nationalities, all architectural styles, all kitchens.”

Famous for the “Treaty of Tien-tsin” (1858), ending the first part of the Second Opium War, the city developed into a strategic centre of trade. The treaties had opened more Chinese ports to the foreigners, permitted foreign legations in the Chinese capital Beijing, allow Christian missionary activity, and legalised the import of opium. British general Charles “Chinese” Gordon (who would die in Khartoum) laid out the plans for the British concession. The seat of British Administration, or Gordon Hall, named after him, offers a view of Victoria Park where we find the Astor House Hotel.

astor house in winter

The hotel dates back to the summer of 1863, when John Innocent, a British Methodist missionary, arrived in Tianjin determined to bring Western-style housing to the city. After a few unsuccessful attempts, two buildings were drawn up. One was a storehouse and the other, the first international hotel in modern Chinese history, the Astor House Hotel. The “Astor House” became the most famous hotel in the city. G.H. Thomas wrote in 1939: “I arrived in Tienstin Tuesday afternoon and stayed overnight at the Astor House,... (see more in Famous Guests)

 

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Astor Hotel
Country: China
City: Tianjin
Opening date: 1863

Note from the Host

General Manager Martin Verpoorten: martin verpoorten"With the advent of glass-towers and futuristic architecture, The Astor Hotel stands as testament to the heritage of Tianjin and the importance of reviving and preserving historical properties."

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33 Taier Zhuang Road
300040 Tianjin, China

Tel: (86)(22) 2331 1688

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