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Kaifeng Travel Guide

The city of Kaifeng, formerly known variously as Bianliang, Bianjing/ Dongjing, Daliang, and simply Liang, is located near the entranceway to Henan Province's "panhandle", the northern chunk of the province that is wedged between Shanxi Province to the west, Hebei Province to the north, and Shandong Province to the east, is also located some 50 kilometers due east of the provincial capital city of Zhengzhou. Kaifeng is one of "twenty-four historical and cultural cities" announced by the Chinese Government, and one of the seven ancient capitals of China.

Under various names and construction vintages, the city was the capital of several dynasties, beginning with the tiny state of Wei (BCE 445-225) during the Warring States (BCE 475-221) Period, and ending with the overthrow of the Song (CE 960-1279) Dynasty by invading Jurchens (forebears of the Manchus), who established the Jin (CE 1115-1234) Dynasty. However, the city served as the "second capital" to the Jurchens, and in fact, both Ming (CE 1368-1644) and Qing (CE 1644-1911) Dynasty emperors recognized the cultural importance of Kaifeng, and took steps to rebuild or restore the city.

Present-day Kaifeng, a prefecture-level city of some 800,000 residents, offers both cultural-historical highlights as well as a rare natural beauty. The city is laid out in a pattern typical of the ancient cities of Han China, with a central axis that has been preserved in spite of successive rounds of urbanization over the past 2700 years. It is also a city that incorporates water, both for good and for bad (there was much flooding in the city's past, notably by overflows from the nearby Huang He ("Yellow River")), being a part of the Yellow River flood plain, to which the city also owes its lush greenery. The city's rich cultural history lies buried in successive layers below present-day Kaifeng, occasionally coming to light when new construction projects permit archeological excavations. Among the many sightseeing highlights of the city of Kaifeng are Dragon Pavilion Park, Da Xiangguo Temple, the Yang Family Mansion, Yanqing Temple, Temple of Lord Bao, Kaifeng Synagogue and the Iron Pagoda.

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Kaifeng Transport

Kaifeng is close to the provincial capital- Zhengzhou in Henan Province, which makes it has a convenient transport net including railways and highways. The Longhai Railway pass through Kaifeng and passengers can also reach Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Hong Kong through the Jingguang Railway and Jingji

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Kaifeng Bus

Bus You can get to any tourist attraction by bus with one yuan per person in Kaifeng. Buses in Kaifeng adopt self-service ticketing sytem.No.20 Bus is a special sightseeing line that leads to every tourist attraction. Complaint Call for Bus Service: 0378-5950601 Taxi Taxi service price starts at

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Kaifeng Highway

Kaifeng is connected with Zhengzhou, Luoyang, Sanmenxia, and Shangqiu with convenient highways. The highway between Kaifeng and Zhengzhou leads to Xinxiang, Anyang, even Beijing to the nouth, and to Xuchang, Luohe, Zhumadian, even Shenzhen to the south. Kaifeng Expressway Exit and Entrance is only t

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Kaifeng Train

Lying in the central part of China, Kaifeng has a very convenient railway transportation, where Longhai Railway winding from east to west of China passes. Trains from Kaifeng to the west can reach Zhengzhou, Luoyang, Xian, and to the east Xuzhou, Jiangsu, etc.Kaifeng is 70km from Zhengzhou and 150km

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