How to Plan a Tour of Henan Province

Shaolin Kung Fu PerformanceShaolin Kung Fu Performance

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.

Attractions

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.

Attraction Type of attraction Recommended time for a visit Time of day (Entry) cost Location (city)
Zhongyue Temple Temple 1 hours Daytime 30 yuan Dengfeng
Songyang Academy Cultural 1 hour Daytime 80 yuan
Shaolin Zen Music Ritual Performance 70 minutes Evening
Shaolin Temple (including Kung Fu Performance) Temple & performance 2.5 hour Daytime 100 yuan
Guanlin Temple Temple 1 hours Daytime 40 yuan Luoyang
White Horse Temple Temple 1.5 hour Daytime 50 yuan
Longmen Grottoes Cultural 2 hours Daytime or evening 120 yuan
The National Peony Garden Park 2 hours Daytime
Mt. Yuntai Scenic area One day Daytime
Jiaozuo
Yuefei Temple Temple 1 hour Daytime 50 yuan Anyang
Museum of Chinese Writing Museum 1.5 hours Daytime
Yinxu Museum Museum 1.5 hours Daytime 90 yuan
Millennium City Park Park & cultural Half a day Daytime & evening
Kaifeng
Henan National Museum Museum 2 hours Daytime
Zhengzhou
The Yellow River Scenic Area Scenic area & cultural Half a day Daytime

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.

Activities

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.

Meals

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.

Accommodation

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

Tour Duration Cost destinations
Zhengzhou Essence Tour 4 days $429 Zhengzhou, Dengfeng
One-Week Kung Fu Experience Tour 7 days $1599 Zhengzhou, Dengfeng
Dengfeng Kung Fu Tour 3 days $219 Shaolin Temple
Luoyang Essence Tour 4 days $379 White Horse Temple, Longmen Grottoes and Shaolin Temple
Hong Kong and Luoyang Peony Cultural Festival Tour 4 days $1199 White Horse Temple, Longmen Grottoes, Shaolin Temple
Luoyang Side Tour 4 days $1259 Luoyang Folklore Museum, Shaolin Temple, White Horse Temple, Jade store, Guanlin Wholesale Market, and Longmen Grottoes

Package Tours

Tours Duration Cost Destinations
Exploring Henan Tour 9 days $1839 Ancient 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 Tour 11 days $1999 Beijing, Xi'an, Luoyang, Dengfeng, Zhengzhou, and Shanghai
Henan Highlights Tour 6 days $869 Zhengzhou, Anyang, Kaifeng, Dengfeng, Luoyang
Chinese Brilliant Culture and Art Tour 16 days $2909 Beijing, Ji'nan, Tai'an, Qufu, Zhengzhou, Anyang, Dengfeng, Luoyang, Xi'an, and Shanghai
Ancient China Capitals Tour 11 days $2129 Beijing, Zhengzhou, Luoyang, Xi'an, and Nanjing
Henan Ancient Culture Tour 4 days $369 Iron 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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