Zhengzhou travel guide

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You're Going to Love Zhengzhou

Zhengzhou is a vibrant metropolis filled with cultural and historical treasures. The capital of the Henan province was one of the eight ancient cities of China, and it's the gateway to some of the region's most beautiful countryside.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Zhengzhou

1. Henan Museum

Visit the pyramid-shaped Henan Museum and learn more about the city and its surrounds. The iconic museum of art and history is home to over 130,000 fascinating cultural relics.

2. Mount Song

The central peak of the Five Great Mountains of China, Mount Song is just a short drive from the city. Go for spectacular views, kung fu demonstrations at the Shaolin Buddhist temple, and the amazing Pagoda Forest.

3. Yuntai Mountain

Yuntai Mountain is a must-see on any vacation in Zhengzhou. It's a UNESCO Geological Park crammed with waterfalls, mountain springs, deep gorges like the Red Stone Valley, and dramatic peaks.

4. The Yellow River

Take a hovercraft tour on the famous Yellow River. You'll enjoy a unique view of the countryside and the massive rock carvings of former emperors Yandi and Huangdi that tower over the river.

5. The Food

Try regional specialties like the Water Banquet, a feast of 19 cold and hot soups that originated in nearby Luoyang or Carp on Noodles, a dish that was created by a Kaifeng chef in the 1930s.

Where to Eat in Zhengzhou

Try tasty local hotpot dishes at Banu Hotpot, Haidilao Hotpot, or Zhengzhou Kitchen, or visit Cibo Coffee for both Chinese and Western food. Lunch in a simple cafe will cost ¥45, while a three-course dinner for two with wine in a smart restaurant will cost ¥195.

When to visit Zhengzhou

Zhengzhou in July
Estimated hotel price
C$ 39
1 night at 3-star hotel
Zhengzhou in July
Estimated hotel price
C$ 39
1 night at 3-star hotel

Choose the first week in September if you'd like to catch the Zhengzhou International Shaolin Wushu Festival. Alternatively, plan a spring vacation and see the China Rose Flower Fair in May.

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How to Get to Zhengzhou


Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport (CGO) is 18 miles from the city. Take one of the half-hourly shuttle buses to the city for 20¥ or a taxi for 120-140¥.


The city is the main hub for rail travel in China and more than 400 trains arrive each day. Fast trains from Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and other major cities terminate at Zhengzhou Railway Station in heart of town.


It's easy to reach Zhengzhou by road since the city is a highway transport hub. However, you must hold a Chinese license or have a Chinese driver.


Buses are a cheap alternative to rail travel and the main bus station is just across from the railway station.

Airports near Zhengzhou

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Where to stay in Zhengzhou

Stay at the Hilton Zhengzhou, the Ramada Plaza Zhengzhou, or JW Marriott Hotel Zhengzhou if you're planning a special vacation, or try mid-range hotels like Aloft Zhengzhou Shangjie and Yudu Palace Hotel Zhengzhou.

Popular neighbourhoods in Zhengzhou

Er'Qi - Er'Qi means February 7 and the Er'Qi Memorial Tower in the square of the same name commemorates a strike that took place on that date. You'll find the railway station and bus station in this central district.

Downtown - the greater downtown area encompasses Er'Qi and is the city's commercial center. Notable attractions include the Shang Dynasty Ruins.

Northern District - this neighborhood to the north of Er'Qi and Downtown is home to the Henan Museum.

Where to stay in popular areas of Zhengzhou

Most booked hotels in Zhengzhou

Sheraton Grand Zhengzhou Hotel
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C$ 81+
Sofitel Zhengzhou International
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C$ 65+
JW Marriott Hotel Zhengzhou
Excellent (8.6, Excellent reviews)
C$ 107+
Aloft Zhengzhou Zhengdong New District
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C$ 63+
Zhengzhou Yuehai Hotel
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C$ 36+
Le Méridien Zhengzhou
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How to Get Around Zhengzhou

Public Transportation

The city's subway system runs from east to west and it's a convenient way to get around. Zhengzhou also has an extensive bus service. Routes 610 and 611 between the city and the airport are useful and there are several dedicated tourist buses.


Taxis are readily available. Expect to pay ¥70 from Downtown to the Yellow River Scenic Area and ¥300 to the Shaolin Temple.


Rent a car and local driver for ¥200-300 per day and see more of this exciting region.

Car rental agencies in Zhengzhou

The Cost of Living in Zhengzhou

Shopping Streets

Shop for clothing, electronics, and accessories at Dennis Department Store or Jinboda Mall in the Er'Qi Business District or visit Er'Qi Square at night when the massive street market is open. Local specialties include Miyu Jade from Xinmi City, honeysuckle products, and Chinese Parasol Lacquerware.

Groceries and Other

Pick up essentials from supermarket chains like Carrefour and Walmart. A dozen eggs cost ¥10 while UHT milk costs ¥18 per quart.

Cheap meal
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A pair of jeans
C$ 92.85
Single public transport ticket
C$ 0.20
C$ 3.72