Being a famous city of historic and cultural significance in China and the birth place of culture and arts in the north of China, Tianjin enjoys a reputation of “cradle of operas” and “motherland of folk art”. Thanks to the Tianjin’s attention to the protection of intangible culture heritage, 15 items have been chosen in the list of national-level intangible heritage, namely, Beijing Opera, Baodi Pingju Opera, Tianjin Shidiao Art, Jingdong Drum, Yangliuqing Wooden New Year Paintings, Colored Clay Figurine Zhang, Heavy Knife Wushu of Hui Minority, Tianjin Drum, Hangu Flying Fork, Comic Dialogue, Jingrun Drum, Hebei Opera, Pingju Opera, Design and Preparation of Kites Weis and Tianjin Sacrifice Ceremony, etc..
Tianjin is a modern cultural metropolis too. In Tianjin museums and memorials, there are 570,000 pieces of cultural relics, including some rarities deserving the titles of national treasures. In addition, Tianjin is building an Asian ecological culture industrial project in Panlong Valley, Jixian County, with a view to form a culture industry center in the urban circle of Beijing and Tianjin, and even rim Bohai region.At the 29th Olympic Games held in Beijing in 2008, Tianjin, as a co-organizer city of the Beijing, held 12 soccer games at Water Drop, e.g. Tianjin Olympic Center Stadium. 30 Tianjin athletes, Chen Yibing, Tong Wen and Wang Xin as main, won 4 gold medals, 2 silver medals and 4 bronze medals. In the China Soccer Premier League held in 2008, Tianjin TEDA Tema was awarded a good score of the 4th, and won the qualification of participating in AFC Champions League, in the final of National Women’s Volleyball Tournament of game season 2008-2009, Tianjin Women’s Volleyball Team won successfully, which was its 6th championship in the latest seven game seasons. In recent years, the whole city exercise in Tianjin is initiated with colorful activities. The population who participate exercise in Tianjin exceeds 40%, and the physical qualification rate of the citizen is up to 88.7%, both above the national averages.