Kaifeng is famous in the world for its profound historical and cultural heritages.Backing on to the Yellow River to the north and facing Huanghuai Plain to the south, Kaifeng City is located to the east of Henan Province, 72 kilometers from Zhengzhou city. It is among the 24 historical cultural cities in China, and it's home to over 800,000 people. Travel to Kaifeng,You can understand more about the culture of Kaifeng by seeing many colorful folk arts, such as lion dance, drum set, stilts, land boat and suona. This city is also known as the hometown of painting and calligraphy as well as opera. You may get unexpected gain from visiting the local painting and calligraphy gallery or small theater.
Chinese Name: 开封 (kāi fēng)
Total Area: 6,444 square kilometers
Urban Area: 359 square kilometers
Nationalities: Han, Hui
Zip Code: 475000
Area Code: 0378
Geography of Kaifeng
Kaifeng City lies at the plain area of east Henan Province, and on the southern bank of the Yellow River. It borders Zhengzhou to the west, Xinxiang to the northwest, Shangqiu to the east, Zhoukou to the southeast, Xuchang to the southwest, and the Shandong Province to the northeast.Kaifeng lies on the middle and lower reaches plain of the Yellow River, and nearly 70% of its land is used for farming. The Yellow River System and Huai River System flow through the city.
Administrative Division: The prefecture-level city of Kaifeng administers five districts and five counties, including Gulou District, Longting District, Yuwangtai District, Jinming District, Shunhe Hui District, Weishi County, Qi County, Tongxu County, Lankao County and Kaifeng County.
History of Kaifeng
The city is known as one of the Seven Ancient Capitals of China with the short name of 'Bian'. The city's history can be traced back to Spring and Autumn Period (770 BC - 476 BC). It was named 'Qifeng' at that time. Later in Han Jingdi (Liu Qi) Period, it got the name of 'Kaifeng'. From 364 BC to 1233 AD, the city was the capital of the Kingdom of Wei (475-331 B.C.), Later Jin (936–946), Later Han (947–951), and Later Zhou (951–960) of the Five Dynasties (907-960), Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127), and the Jin Dynasty (1115-1234), also known as 'the Capitals of Seven Dynasties'. At the beginning of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), the city was made the capital of Henan Province...More
What to see in Kaifeng?
Kaifeng city is the capital of eight ancient Chinese Dynasties and one of the main cradles of Chinese nation with a history of more than 2700 years. While visiting Kaifeng, you will be amazed by the sight of the ancient Qing Dynasty city wall, still intact after years of events; the Millennium city park or the Temple of the Chief Minister (Daxiangguo Temple). The Iron and Po Pagodas will also fill travelers' curiosity with their highness. But Kaifeng is also a delightful place where hopping street markets, wooden restaurants and houses at night, as well as listening to "Suona" (a kind of Chinese folk musical instrument) and rare birds' songs is just typical. Kaifeng flourishes with many cultural relics, stone carvings, etc. Touring Kaifeng is just experiencing the great majesty of one of China's Ancient Capital....More
When to visit Kaifeng?
Climatic Features: The city has a temperate continental monsoon climate of four distinctive seasons with adequate sunshine, warm weather and moderate rainfall. The annual average temperature is about 14 ℃ (57 ℉) and the annual average rainfall is about 670 mm. It has a frost-free period of 213-215 days.
The best time to visit is suggested to be September and October due to the most pleasant weather and the city's most beautiful event: the Chrysanthemum Fair...More
How to get to Kaifeng?
Kaifeng is conveniently located with good transportation facilities, and the direct (trains) buses to and from Beijing, Zhengzhou and Luoyang are available at Kaifeng (Railway) Bus Station. It takes about an hour from Kaifeng to Xinzheng International Airport.
By Air: There is no airport in Kaifeng. However, Xinzheng Airport in Zhengzhou is not far from here.How to Get To Xinzheng Airport from Kaifeng: Take an inter-city bus in Jinming Square and get off at Deyi Hotel in Zhengzhou. Then, take Bus 26 to Civil Aviation Hotel, and take an airport bus here. It takes about 40 minutes to get to Zhengzhou Airport.
By Train: Located in the Central Plain, transportation is quite convenient. Longhai Railway (Lianyungang-Lanzhou) which runs across China from east to west passes Kaifeng Railway Station.
Kaifeng Railway Station is on the East-West Longhai Railway mainline and provides convenient access to many cities around China. From Kaifeng, people can travel to Zhengzhou, Luoyang, Xi'an and other cities westwards, and go to Xuzhou in Jiangsu Province and other cities eastwards. Kaifeng is 70 kilometers from Zhengzhou and 150 kilometers from Shangqiu.The Zhengkai Intercity Railway is well into its construction phase and due to start operate by 2013.
From Kaifeng Railways Station, people can go to all parts f China via Jingguang Raiway (Beijing-Guangzhou) and Jingjiu (Beijing-Kowloon) Railway. Rail motor car set from Shanghai to Zhengzhou stops at Kaifeng. The whole journey lasts 6 hours.
Kaifeng Railway Station is in the south of the central city of Kaifeng. People can take Bus 1, Bus 3, Bus 4, Bus 5, Bus 9 or Bus 10 in central city to go to Kaifeng Railway Station.
By Bus: There are four main coach stations in Kaifeng: Kaifeng West Coach Station, Kaifeng Long Distance Coach Station, Kaifeng Jinming Coach Station, Kaifeng Xiangguosi Coach Station. There are frequent services to many neighbouring counties, other provincial cities and long distance services to other province....More
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