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Zhengzhou: The Booming Capital City of Henan

Zhengzhou is another ancient capital city of China with a history dating back thousands of years. It reigned as China’s capital city during the Shang dynasty which dates back from 1766 to 1122 BCE. Located on the southern bank of the Yellow River, this rapidly developing metropolis is currently the capital of Henan province. Zhengzhou was once the center of China and it is now home to many noteworthy historical sites.

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What To Do

The Shaolin Temple

Surrounded by a forest in the Henan countryside, the Shaolin Temple was founded over 1500 years old.This Buddhist temple is said to be the birthplace of Chinese Kung Fu and it’s also one of the four holy temples in China. Located about 80 kilometers from the Zhengzhou city center, it serves as a popular day trip for travellers.

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Pagoda Forest

Located on the grounds of the Shaolin Temple this has 228 pagodas made from stone or brick built during the Tang Dynasty and through the Song to the Yuan Dynasties. It’s been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2010.

Henan Museum

This museum is one of the most noteworthy in China. On display are various artifacts from ancient times discovered in Zhengzhou and the surrounding ancient capitals like Kaifeng and Luoyang. There are dinosaur bones and fossils on display excavated from Central China, which has one of the largest amounts of dinosaur fossils (not as extensive as in Zigong, Sichuan province).

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Song Mountain

Mount “Song” or Songshan is located on the bank of the Yellow River. This centrally-located mountain on the bank of the Yellow River is one of the most significant Taoist mountains in China. It’s highest peak is over 1,500 meters above sea level. A noteworthy place in the mountain is the Zhonghue Temple, one of China’s earliest taoist temples.

Getting There

Zhengzhou is central in Henan province with easy connections to Kaifeng, Luoyang, and the neighboring provinces of Shanxi (Taiyuan, Pingyao) and Anhui (Mount Huangshan). The train station is located near the center of the city.

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