Zhengzhou

Main Cities Of Henan: Zhengzhou , Luoyang , Kaifeng , Pingdingshan , Xinxiang , Anyang , Nanyang

ZhengzhouZhengzhou is the capital city, in the central part of Henan province and an important railway hub on the Beijing-Guangzhou and Xi’an-Shanghai rail lines. Zhengzhou is at the junction of the Beijing, Guangzhou and Longhai Railways; It is home to the national grain wholesale market and a new high-tech science park. Along with its modern economic position, Zhengzhou played a key role in China’s early civilization as the site of an early Shang dynasty walled city some 3,500 years ago. Here and at nearby Anyang China’s early bronze industry developed for military and ritual use, and remains of the ancient Shang city foundations and wall are still visible on the outskirts of town.

Situated south of the Yellow River and east of the Songshan River, Zhengzhou was one of China’s earliest cities, thought to have been the second capital of the Shang dynasty some 3,500 years ago. Archaeological sites around Zhengzhou have yielded abundant Neolithic pottery and technologically early forms of the bronze ritual vessels and weaponry that were defining elements of Shang material culture.

Zhengzhou’s status as a transport and economic center has roots as far back as the Sui and Tang periods (late 6th to early 10th century), when canals connected Zhengzhou’s grain markets to the Yellow River. Zhengzhou’s importance declined along with nearby Luoyang after the Song established their capital at Kaifeng to the east. Zhengzhou emerged as a transportation hub again in the 20th century with the building of railroad lines. It played an important role in the railroad “Strike of February 7” in 1923, and has become one of Asia’s most important freight transfer hubs.

Zhenzhou local specialties: Yellow River Carp, Zhengzhou Watermelon, Xinzheng Date, dired persimmon, Guangwu Megranate and Zhongmu Garlic. Local highlights: Henan Opera - one of the ten great operas in China, the essence of traditional culture.

Location: located between 11242' - 11414' east longitude and 3416' - 3458' north latitude; at the junction of the Beijing, Guangzhou and Longhai Railways; in the central part of Henan province

Neighboring Areas: Shandong, Anhui, Hubei, Shaanxi, Shanxi, and Hebei provinces

Physical Features: of great diversity including plain, hills and rivers

Population: 5.97 million

Urban Population: 2 million

Area: 7,446 sq km

Nationalities: Han

History: set up as a town named Aodu as early as 3500 years ago

Climatic Features: temperate continental climate

Average Temperature: 14.3C

Rainfall: annual average of 640mm

Products: wheat, corn, cotton, apple, paulownia and tobacco leaf

Specialties: Yellow River Carp, Zhengzhou Watermelon, Xinzheng Date, dired persimmon, Guangwu Megranate and Zhongmu Garlic

Local Highlights: Henan Opera - one of the ten great operas in China, the essence of traditional culture