Zhengzhou (郑州), China Travel Guide

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Zhengzhou East District at dusk
Zhengzhou East District at dusk
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Zhengzhou (郑州) is the biggest city and capital of Henan Province, China. This prefecture-level city covers 7,446.2 sq km (2,875 sq mi) of which the urban area of Zhengzhou covers 1,010.3 sq km (390.1 sq mi). It has an urban population of 4.5 million people (2011 estimate) and a prefecture population of 7.4 million people.

Guide to Zhengzhou Hotels

It's never easy finding the hotel that's just right for your stay. Still, by taking a little time to do your research, you increase your chance of getting a good hotel at the best price. Go through the list of hotels in Zhengzhou which we've put together, with full description, star rating, address, location map and evaluation. Pick the hotel of your choice and view the rates offered by different booking sites. Yes, we show you prices from different websites, so you don't have to visit them one by one.

Erqi Memorial Tower
Erqi Memorial Tower
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More about Zhengzhou

Zhengzhou is located on the southern bank of the Yellow River. Today it is the political, economic and educational center for Henan Province, as well as the transportation hub for Central China.

The history of Zhengzhou goes back to the Shang Dynasty (1600 BC-1046 BC), when the ancient cities of Aodu and Bodu were established in present-day Zhengzhou, this according to archaeological excavations carried out in Eastern Zhengzhou.

The first mention of Zhengzhou appeared in AD 581, during the Sui Dynasty. However the city was then located in another site, in Chenggao. It was relocated to the present site during the Tang Dynasty. Zhengzhou grew in importance when the New Bian Canal was constructed, as it is located at the confluence of the canal with the Yellow River.

Pagoda Forest at Shaolin Temple
Pagoda Forest at Shaolin Temple
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Modern linkage for Zhengzhou came in the form of the Beijing-Hankou Railway, which was completed in 1903. Then in 1909, the completion of the first stage of the Longhai Railway connects Zhengzhou with Kaifeng and Luoyang, and eventually to Lianyungang in Jiangsu Province and Xi'an

By the early 20th century, Zhengzhou had grown to become a major rail transport hub as well as agricultural produce center. Following the Communist takeover in 1949, Zhengzhou was developed into an industrial city based on cotton, textile, flour milling and tobacco, among others. Today it is become an increasingly modern city in Central China.

Zhengzhou-Xinzheng International Airport
Zhengzhou-Xinzheng International Airport
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Planning your trip to Zhengzhou

The Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport (CGO) is about 37 km to the southeast of downtown Zhengzhou. It receives flights from major cities in China as well as from Bangkok, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Seoul, Singapore and Taipei. There are buses from the airport to downtown Zhengzhou, stopping at Aviation Hotel on Jin Shui Road. The fare is ¥25.

You can also reach Zhengzhou by train. It has one of the biggest railway stations in the country. All major cities have services to Zhengzhou including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhoou and Xi'an. Regular trains from Beijing takes 11 hours, but the country is in the midst of building high-speed rail tracks that will link most of the cities.

Zhengzhou Railway Station
Zhengzhou Railway Station
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Exploring Zhengzhou

Zhengzhou is quite sprawling, with lots of green space. That means walking is not an option. You may have to get acquainted with the local buses. They charge between ¥1 and ¥2 per ride. Taxi fares start at ¥6 during day time, ¥7 in the evening and ¥8 at late night, with every subsequent kilometer at ¥1.50.

Zhengzhou is your base for trips to the Shaolin Temple, famous for its association with the kungfu martial art. It is not within the city, but about two hours away.

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Places of Interest in Zhengzhou

  1. Erqi Memorial Tower
  2. Henan Museum of Science and Technology
  3. Henan Provincial Museum
  4. Shang Dynasty Wall
  5. Shaolin Temple
  6. Zhengzhou Zoo

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