Origin of Tianjin name

Best answer: Wang Ling, a poet who came to Tianjin from Jian Jiang in the early Qianlong period of Qing Dynasty, wrote the first bamboo branch poem (popular poem) describing Tianjin folk customs, which said: “Tianjin is named after Changling”. Changling refers to Zhu Di, the emperor of Ming Dynasty who was buried in the Ming Tombs. Tianjin was named after him in the second year of his reign as emperor (the second year of Yongle, AD 1404). At that time, it was named not as a place name, but as a military establishment. It was Tianjin Wei.

1. In the early years of Qianlong in Qing Dynasty, Wang Ling, a poet who came to Tianjin from Jian Jiang, wrote the first bamboo poems (popular poems) describing Tianjin folk customs, which said: “Tianjin is named after Changling”. Changling refers to Zhu Di, the emperor of Ming Dynasty who was buried in the Ming Tombs. Tianjin was named after him in the second year of his reign as emperor (the second year of Yongle, AD 1404). At that time, it was named not as a place name, but as a military establishment. It was Tianjin Wei.

2. In the second year of Ming Jianwen (1400), the prince Zhu Di crossed the Grand Canal here and went south to fight for the throne. After Zhu Di became emperor, in order to commemorate the “Battle of Overcoming Difficulties”, the place was renamed Tianjin on November 21st, Yongle (December 23rd, 1404), meaning the ferry that the emperor passed by. As a military important place, Tianjin began to build a city and set up a guard in the small zhi gu area southwest of Sanchahe, which opened a new page in Tianjin’s urban development. After that, Tianjin left-back and Tianjin right-back were added.

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