Brief Introduction to Henan Province

The name of Henan Province originates from its geographic location, which means “the south of the river”, indicating that the province lies at the south of China's Yellow River. It covers about 160,000 square kilometers, which equals to about 62,000 square miles. The highlight of Henan Province, Mount Song lies in the southwest of its capital city Zhengzhou. It is one of the most famous mountains in China. Shaolin Temple, the most famous Buddhist temple in China, is located on Mount Song. Shaolin Temple and Shaolin Kung Fu have long taken on a legendary color and are famous both in and outside the country. Henan province is considered as the cradle of Chinese civilization because of its location on the Yellow River. The rich historic heritage has endowed it with numerous historic treasures, from primitive dwellings to earliest wheel-thrown pottery. The remains of some earliest human settlements have been unearthed here, including the over 7000-year-old Peiligang Culture Site, the 6000-year-old Yangshao Culture Remains, and the 5000-year-old Dahe Culture Remains. All these cultural remains have profound significance in the history of Chinese civilization.

As the cradle of the Chinese civilization, Henan has over 3000 years of history. In history, over 20 Chinese dynasties chose cities in Henan as their capitals, as Shang dynasty (BC 1600 - BC 1046), Tang dynasty (618 AD - 907 AD), North Song dynasty (960 AD - 1127 AD) etc. As a result, Henan owns a large number of historical sites, as Shaolin Temple and Shaolin Kong Fu, Chen-styled Tai Chi Boxing, White Horse Temple (the first Chinese Buddhist temple)Longmen Grottoes (UNESCO World Heritage Site), Yinxu Ruins (the origin of Oracle Bone Inscriptions, and UNESCO World Heritage Site)Huang Di's hometown Scenic Area (the ancestor of Chinese), The Ancient Kaifeng City Wall (the Song dynasty city wall), and Millennium City Park (based on the top ten previous ancient Chinese painting: Along the River During the Qingming Festival) and so on. Henan was the east end of the ancient Silk Road (UNESCO World Heritage Site), and there are many foreign students and people studying and working in Henan currently.

The GDP of Henan Province ranks the top five among all Chinese provinces for the past 16 years (1006 billion USD in 2019). The capital city Zhengzhou has been categorized the new tier one city. Zhengzhou Commodity Exchange is the first and unique interior commodity exchange ever. Zhengzhou Airport Economy Zone is the first Chinese national airport that functions as the comprehensive experimental hub, which integrates the aviation, high-speed railways, intercity trains, subways, and expressways.

Brief Introduction to Zhengzhou

[Zhengzhou, which lies on the southern bank of the Yellow River, is the capital of Henan Province in the central part of China. It is one of the Eight Chinese Ancient Capital Cities and the significant birthplaces of Chinese Civilization, and the birthplace of the Yellow Emperor. Historically, Zhengzhou was the capital city of China for a thousand years (five times). Currently, there are two World Cultural Heritage Sites (including 15 places) in Zhengzhou. The well-known Shaolin Temple locates there, and the Chen style Taichi is originated from there as well. Zhengzhou serves as the political, economic, technological, and educational center of the province, as well as a major transportation hub in China (highway, railway, aviation, communication). As a center of national transportation, there are railways connecting Zhengzhou and Europe, and a bustling international airport (Asia, Europe, Africa, America, Oceania). Zhengzhou is 3 hours away from Beijing, 4 hours away from Shanghai, and 7 hours away from Hong Kong by train.]

Zhengzhou is the capital and largest city of Henan Province in the central part of the People's Republic of China. It is one of the National Central Cities in China, the center of Central Plains area and serves as the political, economic, technological, and educational center of the province, as well as a major transportation hub in China (highway, railway, aviation, communication). The Zhengzhou metropolitan area (including Zhengzhou and Kaifeng) is the core area of the Central Plains Economic Zone.

Zhengzhou is a National Civilized City, State-list Famous Historical and Culture City, one of the Eight Ancient Capital Cities and one of the birthplaces of Chinese Civilization, and the birthplace of the Yellow Emperor. Historically, Zhengzhou was the capital of China for a thousand years (five times). Currently, there are two World Cultural Heritage Sites (including 15 places) in Zhengzhou. The Zhengzhou Commodity Exchange (ZCE) is China's first futures exchange, Zhengzhou Airport Economy Zone is China's first Airport Economy Zone.

The city lies on the southern bank of the Yellow River and is one of the Eight Great Ancient Capitals of China. As a center of China's national transportation network, there are railways connecting Zhengzhou and Europe, and a bustling international airport (Asia, Europe, Africa, America, Oceania).

Zhengzhou has a population of 10,120,000 inhabitants and had a GDP of 1,014 billion(RMB) in 2018. The city is one of the main built-up areas of Henan region. Greater Zhengzhou was named as one of the 13 emerging mega-cities in China in a July 2012 report by the Economist Intelligence Unit, and officially named as the eighth National Central City in 2017 by the central government in Beijing.

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Zhengzhou Shopping

Zhengzhou is not one of China's larger cities, but you can find a good selection of markets and department stores within the city zone. Zhengzhou has been a commercial city for centuries and today, it is the business center of Middle China due to its transportation advantages. The city's commercial streets include Er' qi Lu, Taikang Lu, Renmin Lu, and Jiefang Lu and these are mainly located in the northeastern area adjacent to the railway station. Currently, Er' qi Commercial area is the most prosperous and popular commercial location in the city. There are major four business circles in Zhengzhou: Erqi Business Circle, Huayuan Road Business Circle, Bishagang Business Circle, and Dennis Mid Town Seven, from which you can find all types of western markets and stores for food and daily supplies.

Erqi Business Circle

The business circle is located at a crossing with "Erqi" Memorial Tower at the center. A toroidal gallery bridge links dozens of commercial buildings together as a large shopping mall. These commercial buildings conclude Beijing Hualian Department Store, Parkson, Dashanghai Mall, Dennis Department Store, Zhenghong Mall, Jinboda Mall, etc. And each of these commercial buildings has numerous stores offering all kinds of goods including clothing, shoes, bags, cosmetics, skincare products, foods, etc.

Huayuan Road Business Circle

It is a business circle with top grade in Zhengzhou, located in the area between Huauan Road and Dongfeng Road. Products offering there are almost slap-up. There, several large-scale megastores line up each other: Zhonghuan Department Store, Jiashijie Department Store, Huayuan Commercial Building, Zijinshan Department Store, Zhengzhou International Trade Center, etc. Almost all the provincial government units of Henan Province and the headquarters of most major financial institutions (banks, insurance companies, and security companies) are located in this business circle.

Bishagang Business Circle

Bishagang Business Circle is quite near Zhengzhou Commercial Building (188 West Jianshe Road). It is the most prosperous business area in the west part of Zhengzhou City. Visitors can buy clothing, shoes, bags, food, and articles for daily use and so on there. Not far away from the shopping area, there are Bishagang Park and Lvcheng Square, where can be a nice place for relaxation.

Dennis Mid Town Seven

It is the largest Dennis shopping center in Zhengzhou. It not only contains department stores, supermarkets, restaurants but also theaters and home shopping. From Town 1 to Town 7, the row of shops and department stores make you dazzled. Town 1 and Town 2 are connected, and the products are women’s and sports clothing. Town 3 to 6 are connected. Town 3 is the world of men. Towns 4 and 5 are the furniture world. Town 6 is a supermarket. Town 7 is independent and dominated by entertainment and restaurants.

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