Kaifeng Travel Guide

Kaifeng Overview


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.

Henan mapTravel 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. 

Kaifeng Facts
Chinese Name: 开封 (kāi fēng)
Population: 5,270,000
Total Area: 6,444 square kilometers
Urban Area: 359 square kilometers
Nationalities: Han, Hui

Zip Code: 475000
Area Code: 0378


Geography

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


Climate & Weather

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


Kaifeng Tourism

Iron PagodaWith the influence of a long history over 2,700 years, various cultural relics and historic sites are remained in the city. Therefore, the city became an importance tourist destination in China. It is also the famous 'Northern Water Town' in China. You can appreciate many historical and cultural landscapes there, including Iron Pagoda, Dragon Pavilion, Qingming Riverside Landscape Garden, Imperial Street of Song Dynasty, Memorial Temple of Lord Bao, Kaifeng Yamun, Xiangguo Temple, Local Museum as well as Millennium City Park...More

Travel to Kaifeng you can buy some special Local Product: Bianliang Watermelon, Pickled Radish, Spiced Dried Bean Curd, Peanut Cake.


Today, Kaifeng is a worth palce to visit for travelers.The location and ancient history of this little charming city has a lot to provide travelers with the chance to book on a tour passing by Kaifeng. 

Indeed, Kaifeng's profound culture, history and natural sceneries are must-seen highlights in China. Namely, the city is renowned as the first Chinese city where Jewish merchants from India settled down. 

Proud of this culture, Kaifeng enjoys now a particular and amazing culinary specificity barely seen in other Chinese cities: almond tea, kebabs, nang bred, sweet potatoes....Kaifeng city flourishes with lots of beautiful gardens, amusement parks and more than a hundred of temples. 

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.


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