Chasing the origins of China and discovering the depths of Chinese history by visiting the ancient temples and other historic relics, I made a luxury tour of Henan Province, and had a unforgettable time.
The great wealth of history and culture of
Henan Province really took me aback. The old-style buildings and the Chinese old folk culture impressed me a lot. Apart from the architecture and the culture, the natural scenery of Mt. Yuntai was stunning and wonderful.
Food in Henan is full of local features. Pastries are the main dishes. Among the dishes
the water feast in Luoyang and the steamed dumpling feast in Kaifeng are my favorites.
It seldom rains in Henan Province. It was hot outdoors in August. The sunshine was so strong I almost got sunburnt.
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for more practical travel tips in Henan Province. Top Things to Do in Henan Province For the itinerary below: The attractions and foods with "*" are characteristic and highly recommended.It was Chauffer-driven MPV and private tour all the way. Most breakfasts and dinners are provided by local hotels. They are authentic and high-quality. Hotels: I stayed in four-star or five-star establishments with sophisticated decoration and warm service. Recommended local products: Zhengzhou Xinzheng dates, Chinese yams at Mt. Yuntai, and Kaifeng Bian Embroidery. Day 1: Songyang Academy, Shaolin Temple and Shaolin Zen Music Ritual — Dengfeng Transport: one hour's drive from Zhengzhou Xingyuan Hotel Duration: about one hour Transport:half an hour's drive from Songyang Academy Duration: about two hours Supper: *Yongtai Temple Restaurant for a vegetarian meal Transport:10 minutes' drive from Shaolin Temple Duration: 70 minutes Dengfeng → one and a half hours' drive Luoyang: Accommodation in Luoyang:Luoyang Peony Hotel Day 2: Longmen Grottoes, Guanlin Temple and the White Horse Temple — Luoyang Transport: one hour's drive from Luoyang Peony Hotel Duration: two hours Transport:30 minutes' drive from Longmen Grottoes Duration: one hour Lunch: * the water feast in Luoyang Longfeng Restaurant Transport:one hour and a half's drive from Gunalin Temple Duration: one and a half hours Luoyang → Jiaozuo:two and a half hours' drive Accommodation in Jiaozuo:Shanyang Jianguo Hotel Transport:about one hour's drive from Shanyang Jianguo Hotel Lunch: Tianyuan Restaurant in Mt. Yuntai Jiaozuo → three hours' drive Anyang: Accommodation in Anyang:Anyang Hotel Day 4: Yinxu Museum, Museum of Chinese Writing, Ruins of Youli City and Yuefei Temple — Anyang Transport:15 minutes' drive from Anyang Hotel Duration: one and a half hours Transport:half an hour's drive from Yinxu Museum Duration:one hour Lunch:the restaurant near the Museum of Chinese Writing Transport:half an hour's drive from Museum of Chinese Writing Duration:about one hour Transport:20 minutes' drive from Ruins of Youli City Duration: one hour Anyang → Linzhou: 40 minutes' drive Accommodation in Linzhou: Linzhou Huifeng Hotel Day 5: The Red Canal and the Paragliding Site — Linzhou Transport: one hour's drive from Linzhou Huifeng Hotel Duration: 2 hours Transport: two hours' drive from the Red Canal Duration: three hours (including the transport) Linzhou → four hours' drive Kaifeng: Accommodation in Kaifeng: Kaifeng Zhongzhou International Hotel Day 6: Kaifeng Museum and Millennium City Park — Kaifeng Transport:three and a half hours' drive from Kaifeng Zhongzhou International Hotel Duration:one hour Transport:10 minutes' drive from Kaifeng Museum Duration:five hours (including 70 minutes' night performance) Lunch:the restaurant on the food street in Millennium City Park Supper: eat Steamed Dumplings in Kaifeng Diyilou Kaifeng → one and a half hours' drive Zhengzhou: Accommodation in Zhengzhou: Zhengzhou Novotel Convention Centre Hotel Day 7: the Yellow River Scenic Area and Henan National Museum — Zhengzhou Transport:one hour's driver from Zhengzhou Novotel Convention Centre Hotel Duration: two and a half hours Transport:one hour's drive from the Yellow River Scenic Area Duration:one and a half hours Return to Guilin: two hours by flight from Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport
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