Located in east central China, Henan in Chinese means “south of the river”, meaning the Yellow River. About 25% of the province is above the river and that is called, “Huang He”

The Capital City of Henan is Zhengzhou and it is also the biggest city in the province. Henan is considered the birthplace of the Chinese civilization going back thousands of years. For this reason Henan is loaded with historical and cultural attractions and important archeological sites. The Henan Museum has hundreds of thousands of incredible artifacts, some as old as 8011 years.

Here is a list of some of the most important places tourists should visit in Henan Province:

Yinxu in Anyang, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Longmen Grottoes, near Luoyang, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000.

Guan Mountain.

The Luwang Mausoleum (潞王陵) in Xinxiang, the Gaocheng Astronomical Observatory. The oldest astronomical observatory in China.

Bigan Temple (比干庙) in Xinxiang.

The Songyue Pagoda.

Baligou (Eight-mile valley, 八里沟) in Xinxiang.

The Youguo Temple with the Iron Pagoda.

The Annual Peony Show in Luoyang.

The Shaolin Temple, on Mount Song.

Mount Jigong, on the southern border.

The White Horse Temple in Luoyang.

Mount Song, near Dengfeng, one of the Five Sacred Mountains of China.

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