Teentsin, Or Tiensing Tientsin, a town of China, in the province of Chihli, on level ground at the junction of the Pei-ho with the grand canal, about 65 m. S. E. of Peking; pop. differently estimated from 400,000 to 930,000. It is surrounded by a wall about 4 m. in circuit, and entered by four gates. The principal streets lead from these gates to the centre of the town, and are broad and well paved. The houses are of unburned brick or mud, and have a mean appearance, though some of them are commodious and well furnished. The river is crossed by a bridge of boats, and large suburbs extend for a considerable distance along both banks. Tientsin derives its importance from being, the terminus of the grand canal and the port of Peking, and is said to have been formerly a place of great wealth and extensive trade; but since the banks of the canal were broken by the inundation of the Hoang-ho the trade has declined greatly. Treaties were concluded here in 1858 between the Chinese government and the plenipotentiaries of England, France, Russia, and the United States, by which it became one of the 13 ports open to foreign commerce.
In 1873 the imports amounted to $ 27,602,314; exports, $12,240,602.