The Austro-Hungarian Concession was the smallest and the shortest of the foreign concessions in Tientsin, lasting a mere 16 years from 1901 to 1917. Like the German Concession, it was surrendered to the Chinese just after World War I ended.
Also like their compatriots, the Austro-Hungarians invested their concession with their own distinctive identity, complete with cathedral, domes and residences straight out of the Austrian alps.
The Concession itself is small and has few architecturally significant buildings. However, as a whole, these buildings present an imposing, imperial vista from across the Pei Ho. They have been restored – like everywhere else in the old Concession area in Tientsin – and now hold luxury apartments, restaurants and boutiques.