Tianjin is one of China’s largest cities, with a population of about 15 million people. During recent years it has been targeted for major investment as a financial and development center for northern China. Tianjin provides a particularly good environment for learning Chinese. In many regions of China, the local residents speak with a far-from-standard accent, which can wreak havoc on the development of a student’s pronunciation. Most people from Tianjin speak standard Chinese, plus they are known throughout China for their warmth and friendliness.
Despite its rapid growth, Tianjin still has a much slower pace of life than cities like Beijing and Shanghai, which means that local residents are more willing to chat with foreign students. Tianjin is also one of the safest cities in China.