Welcome to ZHENGZHOU
Zhengzhou, is a metropolis on the Yellow River and the capital of east-central China's Henan province that serves as the political, economic, technological, and educational center of the province, as well as a major transportation hub in China (highway, railway, aviation, communication). It’s one of the Eight Ancient Capital Cities and one of the birthplaces of Chinese Civilization. Historically, Zhengzhou was the capital of China for a thousand years (five times).
ABOUT HENAN PROVINCE:
Henan is a province of the PRC, located in the central part of the country. It is the birthplace of Chinese civilization, with over 3,000 years of recorded history, and it remained China's cultural, economic and political center until approximately 1,000 years ago.
Henan Province is home to a large number of heritage sites which have been left behind, including the ruins of Shang dynasty capital city Yin and the Shaolin Temple. Four of the Eight Great Ancient Capitals of China, Luoyang, Anyang, Kaifeng and Zhengzhou, are all located in Henan. With an area of 167,000 km2 (64,479 sq mi), Henan covers a large part of the fertile and densely populated North China Plain. If it were a country by itself, Henan would be the 14th most populous country in the world, ahead of Egypt and Vietnam.
City God Temple
This large and complex ancient place of worship is in fact the largest in the Henan Province. Dating back from the early Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), the building’s original use was to protect the Daoist god, but the original building was torn down by both natural disasters and people’s inter-ference, but what is left of the temple remains magnificent. As it lays within the city center, the temple is easy to reach and generally free to explore.
Yellow River Scenic Area/Sculptures of Emperors Yan and Huang
The Yellow River is the second largest river in China and is known as the birthplace of Chinese civ-ilization. The Scenic Area is one of the 40 Best Tourist Attractions in China and contains sculptures of Emperors Yan and Huang, who are regarded as the ancestors of the Chinese people. The 100 me-ter sculptures are considered two of the most magnificent sculptures in China.
This UNESCO Heritage site lies in Song Mountains, about two hours from Zhengzhou.
A great site to learn more about Chinese Buddhism, the temple consists of many attractions includ-ing the Mahavira Hall and the Pagoda Forest. If you’re interested in martial arts, The Wushu Train-ing Center is frequented by practices of Shaolin Kung Fu and has been the location of Kung Fu practice for over 1500 years.