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How to Plan a Tour of Henan Province

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Renowned as the cradle of China, Henan Province has a great wealth of history and culture (such as Shaolin Kung Fu), and it is where many ancient emperors built their capitals. Luoyang, Kaifeng, Anyang and Zhengzhou are four ancient capitals with a lion's share of historic relics, all of which are worthy of a trip. Usually a five-day to one-week holiday is adequate to tour Henan.

Discovering China's long history and experiencing China's ancient culture are the top things to do in Henan Province. Some historic heritage sites have been added to the UNESCO list, such as Luoyang's Longmen Grottoes.

When to Go?

Henan Province has four distinct seasons. It is located on the central plain of China, and so touring in spring or autumn is best due to the cool and comfortable weather then. Check out more about the weather in Henan Province.

Note: The summer holiday in China (usually from July to August), and the National Day holiday (October 1–7) are the peak tourism periods in China. Avoiding their congestion and crowds is recommended.


The attractions in the table below are highly recommended and categorized by different cities in Henan Province. China Highlights offers a private driver and tour guide to resolve your transportation worries. They are arranged according by city, then by recommended time for a visit.

AttractionType of attractionRecommended time for a visitTime of day(Entry) costLocation (city)
Zhongyue TempleTemple1 hoursDaytime30 yuanDengfeng
Songyang AcademyCultural1 hourDaytime80 yuan
Shaolin Zen Music RitualPerformance70 minutesEvening
Shaolin Temple (including Kung Fu Performance)Temple & performance2.5 hourDaytime100 yuan
Guanlin TempleTemple1 hoursDaytime40 yuanLuoyang
White Horse TempleTemple1.5 hourDaytime50 yuan
Longmen GrottoesCultural2 hoursDaytime or evening120 yuan
The National Peony GardenPark2 hoursDaytime
Mt. YuntaiScenic areaOne dayDaytime
Yuefei TempleTemple1 hourDaytime50 yuanAnyang
Museum of Chinese WritingMuseum1.5 hoursDaytime
Yinxu MuseumMuseum1.5 hoursDaytime90 yuan
Millennium City ParkPark & culturalHalf a dayDaytime & evening
Henan National MuseumMuseum2 hoursDaytime
The Yellow River Scenic AreaScenic area & culturalHalf a dayDaytime

For a first time tour of Henan Province, we most recommend Shaolin Temple (including the Kung Fu Performance) in Dengfeng, Luoyang's Longmen Grottoes, Henan National Museum in Zhengzhou, Millennium City Park in Kaifeng, and Yinxu Museum in Anyang. If you are interested in the Yellow River, you can have a cruise between a dock in the Yellow River Scenic Area and a beach area.


Watching Performances

Kung Fu performances (like Kung Fu Show in the Shaolin Temple and Shaolin Zen Music Ritual) can't be missed. You can take the opportunity to learn Shaolin kung fu in the performance hall of Shaolin Temple. Shaolin Zen Music Ritual, a recently created Shaolin kung fu live performance on Song Mountain, is a large-scale and exquisite performance by hundreds of actors.

"The Great Song Dynasty — Reminiscences of the Eastern Capital" in Millennium City Park, Kaifeng, is another must-see performance. This performance, praised as the epitome of the flourishing Song Dynasty, perfectly shows the life of that time.

Attending the Annual Luoyang Peony Fair

Luoyang Peony Fair, one of the four famous flower festivals in China, is held from mid-April to mid-May. Taking a trip to Luoyang at this period, you can be overwhelmed by the ocean of peonies flooding the parks in Luoyang and the city.


Luoyang Water-Banquet and Kaifeng Steamed Dumplings Feast are two famous dishes in Henan Province. The night market near the Drum Tower in Kaifeng is also recommended. China Highlights has listed the food and restaurants in Zhengzhou, Luoyang, Kaifeng and Anyang.


Lots of four-star and five-star hotels with deluxe decor and considerate service can be found in the city urban areas. Some hotels may require reservations. China Highlights can help you book hotels at a discount to ensure a carefree trip of Henan Province. Click to check out hotels in Zhenzhou, Luoyang, Kaifeng, and Anyang.

Book with Us

China Highlights has pre-made some tours of the major cities in Henan Province. Choose what you are interested and contact us. We can then customize the best and most suitable itinerary for you.

Single City Tours

Zhengzhou Essence Tour4 days$429Zhengzhou, Dengfeng
One-Week Kung Fu Experience Tour7 days$1599Zhengzhou, Dengfeng
Dengfeng Kung Fu Tour3 days$219Shaolin Temple
Luoyang Essence Tour4 days$379White Horse Temple, Longmen Grottoes and Shaolin Temple
Hong Kong and Luoyang Peony Cultural Festival Tour4 days$1199White Horse Temple, Longmen Grottoes, Shaolin Temple
Luoyang Side Tour4 days$1259Luoyang Folklore Museum, Shaolin Temple, White Horse Temple, Jade store, Guanlin Wholesale Market, and Longmen Grottoes

Package Tours

Exploring Henan Tour9 days$1839Ancient Songyang Academy, Shaolin Temple, Longmen Grottoes, White Horse Temple, Luoyang Old Town District, Mt. Yuntai Scenic Area, Memorial Temple to Yuefei, The Site of Youli City, Yin Xu Museum, Museum of Chinese Characters, Red Flag Canal, Anyang Linlvshan International Glide Base, Dragon Pavilion, Iron Pagoda, Grand Xiangguo Monastery, Millennium City Park, Yellow River Scenic Spot, Henan National Museum
Chinese Kung Fu Experience Tour11 days$1999Beijing, Xi'an, Luoyang, Dengfeng, Zhengzhou, and Shanghai
Henan Highlights Tour6 days$869Zhengzhou, Anyang, Kaifeng, Dengfeng, Luoyang
Chinese Brilliant Culture and Art Tour16 days$2909Beijing, Ji'nan, Tai'an, Qufu, Zhengzhou, Anyang, Dengfeng, Luoyang, Xi'an, and Shanghai
Ancient China Capitals Tour11 days$2129Beijing, Zhengzhou, Luoyang, Xi'an, and Nanjing
Henan Ancient Culture Tour4 days$369Iron Pagoda, Grand Xiangguo Monastery, Millennium City Park, Dragon Pavilion, Shaolin Temple, The National Peony Garden, and Longmen Grottoes

During the Tour

China Highlights specializes in customizable tours of China and great customer service. Contact us and we will try our best to overcome any difficulties you encounter during your time in Henan Province. Want to plan a trip to Henan Province? Contact us to tailor-make a tour with a top tour guide.

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