Zhengzhou, located in the hinterland of China, is known to be the crossroads of the country’s transportation system. The railway has had much significance in the development of Zhengzhou. The city is home to the national railway hub - Zhengzhou Railway Station, and Asia's largest classification yard - Zhengzhou North Station. Zhengzhou is located to the south of the Yellow River, and Mount Songshan can be found to the west. The city has a long history, however, there are not many historical sites preserved in Zhengzhou. Zhengzhou is now a rising second-tier city and the core of the Central Plains City Cluster. Within the city, Zhengdong New District, the airport, and other new areas are growing at a fast pace. Many of the city’s top companies and institutions are located in the Zhengdong New District CBD, which has become a new landmark in the city.
Tourists who like history and culture can visit the Henan Provincial Museum, as well as old buildings such as the City God Temple and Wenmiao Temple. The new buildings in Zhengdong New Area are also worth a visit which create the city’s skyline when they light up at night. The most famous scenic spot known as the Center of Heaven and Earth is located in Dengfeng, southwest of Zhengzhou, where the Shaolin Monastery and Mount Songshan are located. If you want to visit the North Wei Grottoes, Du Fu's hometown, the snow cave known as Xuehuadong, head to Gongyi, located the west of Zhengzhou. The city of Xingyang, which is very close to Zhengzhou, is home to the Yellow River. The attractions found south of Zhengzhou in Xinzheng include the cultural relics of Bai Juyi’s hometown, the Yellow Emperor’s hometown, and the ruins of the Peiligang site.
Zhengzhou has a typical continental monsoon humid climate with four distinct seasons and a mild temperature. Most of the rainfall is concentrated in July, August, and September. The spring and autumn are cool and also the time when flowers blossom, making it the best season for tourism. At this time, there are also many hotels in Zhengzhou to choose from. During these seasons, it’s a good choice to visit the Yellow River Scenic Area and Zhengzhou Forest Park. You can also drop by to visit the Shaolin Temple in Dengfeng. Because of the increase in rainfall, there are waterfalls and streams in the mountains with gorgeous scenery. When compared to spring and autumn, summers in Zhengzhou are quite hot with thunderstorms in the afternoon. Winter and spring are very dry, and often it will not rain for a few weeks. Because of the dryness in the winters, it’s a good idea to drink plenty of water if you’re visiting during that period.