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Tianjin, with Bohai Sea to its east and with Beijing and Hebei province to its west, lies on the North China Plain covering a land area of 11,917.3 square kilometers.
The name of Tianjin, meaning "the Emperor's Port", came into being in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).The area of Tianjin first appeared in historical documents in the Tang Dynasty(618-907) as San Hui Hai Kou (literally "estuary of three rivers").