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Kaifeng Attractions | Top 7 Things to Do in Kaifeng

About 70 km away from Zhengzhou in the west, Kaifeng city is one of the eight ancient capitals in China, with over 3000 years of history.

It was endowed as the capital city for seven dynasties in old days. Now the profound history and culture can be reflected in these attractions, like Millennium City Park, Longting Pavilion, Daxiangguo Temple, Iron Pagoda Park, and so on.

It's a city beyond ancient attractions. With lots of things to join in, you can stroll along the Kaifeng River and witness the bustling streets in the style of the Song Dynasty in Millennium City Park where you can watch the hilarious skits, exciting horse racing, and Cockfighting, etc. When the autumn comes, Kaifeng city turns more glamourous with beautiful Chrysanthemum all over the city. Getting to see the treasures in Kaifeng Museum and know the man of the city, the Lord Bao's story in Kaifengfu and his temple, you will understand more about the soul and value this city has been rooted... Just check the 7 Best things to do in Kaifeng that you can get inspired and plan an enjoyable Kaifeng tour!


1

Amuse Yourself at the Millennium City Park with Traditional Skits, Folk Activities, and Acrobatics

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Spear Flighting on the Horse

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Skit: Mr. Wang's Son-in-law

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Outdoor Show: The battle at Dongjing

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Cockfighting

Ticket: CNY 120

Opening Hours: 9:00-22:00

Address: 开封市龙亭区龙亭西路5号, No.5, Longting West Road, Longting District, Kaifeng City

Millennium City Park is a large historical theme park in the style of the ancient Song Dynasty based on the famous painter Zhang Zeduan's masterpiece "Qingming Shanghe Tu", which was painted in Kaifeng, the ancient capital of the eight dynasties. Interestingly, thousands of years ago, Zhang Zeduan recorded reality to his painting. A thousand years later, Kaifeng people reconstructed it from the painting to the reality. Wandering in the park, people often have a sense of going backward time. Millennium City Park covers an area of more than 400000 square meters, including 120000 square meters of water surface, more than 50 large and small ancient boats, more than 400 houses, and a landscape construction area of more than 30000 square meters. It forms the largest restored Song Dynasty building complex in the Central Plains. It is a cultural theme park with antique markets, folk customs, ancient royal gardens, and tourists can participate in a variety of activities in the large-scale folk custom Song-Dynasty themed amusement park. It takes more than 2 days to participate in each activity in the park. Here, we have listed some interesting activities including some representative skits and interesting acrobatics.

Schedule of Regular Activities in Millennium City Park

  • Skit: Lord Bao Greets Guests (包公迎宾)
  • At 9:00, At Yingbin Square
  • Drum Dance (盘鼓)
  • At 9:05, 10:20, 14:00, 14:50, 16:10, 17:40, At Yingbin Square
  • Stilts Show (高跷)
  • At 09:15, 10:30, 14:10, 15:00, 16:20, At Qingming Square
  • Qigong Fire Spurting
  • At 10:10, 11:10, 14:50, 16:25, 17:45, At Dongjing Food Street
  • Cockfighting
  • At 09:45, 10:40, 15:10, 16:30, 17:50, At Dashifang
  • Royal Shadow Play
  • At 10:40, 12:00, 14:10, 15:10, 16:20, 17:50, At Second floor of Xuanhe Hall
  • Hand Puppet
  • At 09:05, 10:20, 14:15, 16:35, Opposite Zhao Taicheng's house
  • Skit: Mr. Wang's Son-in-law
  • At 10:35, 15:05, 17:25, At Wang's House
  • Ancient Magic Show
  • At 11:55, 15:15, 17:10, At Goulan Wasi
  • Spear Flighting on the Horse
  • At 11:00, 16:50, At Jiaochang Horse Field
  • Outdoor Show: The battle at Dongjing
  • At 15:30, Near JiuLong Bridge

Note: The schedule above is only for your reference. The actual performances are subject to change.

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2

Back to the Song Dynasty in the Night Show of Kaifeng - The Dream of Hua

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The Dream of Hua

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The Dream of Hua

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The Dream of Hua

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The Dream of Hua

Duration: 70min

Performing Hours: 20:10-21:20 (March to November)

Ticket Fare: Ticket A - CNY 299; Ticket B - CNY 199; Ticket VIP - CNY 399; Ticket SVIP - CNY 999

Address: 开封市龙亭区龙亭西路5号, Inside Millennium Park, No.5, Longting West Road, Longting District, Kaifeng City

Dongjing Menghua or the Dream of Hua is a large-scale water scene performance in the millennium park. The luxurious scene, the beautiful poems of the ancient Song Dynasty, and the high-tech lighting, the traditional buildings vividly restore the prosperous and bustling scene of Kaifeng, the capital of the Northern Song Dynasty, with a very impressive visual-audio effect on visitors. The Dream of Hua is composed of eight classical Song poems, showing the bustling streets of the Song Dynasty, and the prosperity and luxury of Kaifeng, the ancient capital city of China.

If you just watch the show, besides holding the ticket for the show, you do not need to purchase the entrance ticket for millennium park, and you can choose to enter millennium park as early as 17:30 and wait for the performance to start, or enter it after 2:00 p.m., but you can't leave the park halfway after it ends, otherwise, your ticket will not be considered as a valid one.

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3

Roam Around the Floral Sea During Kaifeng Chrysanthemum Festival

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Kaifeng Chrysanthemum Festival at Longting Park

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Beautiful Chrysanthemum Flowers

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Beautiful Chrysanthemum Flowers

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Beautiful Chrysanthemum Flowers

Chrysanthemum has a history of more than 3000 years in China. It represents cleanliness and noble morality. Chinese people like chrysanthemum very much. As early as the Tang Dynasty, chrysanthemums were planted in many places in China, and the scale had been quite large. Later in the Song Dynasty, in every autumn, from men in the imperial palace to the common people, there was a tradition of appreciating chrysanthemum, hanging chrysanthemum lanterns, and drinking chrysanthemum wine. As the capital of the Song Dynasty, Kaifeng was the most famous chrysanthemum center in China, Even the Emperor Qianlong of the Qing Dynasty wrote poems praising the chrysanthemums in Kaifeng in autumn. Now, Kaifeng, as the national chrysanthemum development and cultivation base, after generations of cultivation, owns more than 1000 varieties of chrysanthemum. When the autumn comes, colorful chrysanthemums are in full bloom. In addition to the local chrysanthemums in Kaifeng, there are other varieties of chrysanthemums from all over the world. Kaifeng has become a chrysanthemum city, attracting a large number of tourists at home and abroad. Photographers come to the Kaifeng Chrysanthemum festival to watch and take photos.

Kaifeng Chrysanthemum Festival is usually held from mid-October to mid-November. The main venue of the Chrysanthemum Exhibition is located in Longting Park, and other sub venues are Iron Pagoda Park, Bianjing Park, Yuwangtai Park, Millennium City Park, Tianbo Yangfu, Daxiangguo Temple, Baogong temple, Hanyuan stele forest, etc.

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4

Enjoy the Live Buddhism Music at the Ancient Royal Daxiangguo Temple

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Buddhist Band Performance

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Buddhist Band & Kung Fu Performance

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Buddhist Band Performance

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Buddhist Band Performance

Ticket: CNY 45

Opening Hours: 8:00-18:30

Address: 开封市鼓楼区自由路西段36号 36, west section, free road, Gulou District, Kaifeng City

Daxiangguo temple is a famous Buddhist temple in China. It is mentioned for its profound cultural heritage in many famous ancient literary works. Daxiangguo temple, built-in 555 AD, is located next to the Gulou night market. At present, there are many historic sites such as Tianwang hall, Daxiong hall, sutra Pavilion, and thousand handed Buddha. What distinguishes the temple from other temples is its famous Buddhist band performance.

Dated back to the ancient time, Daxiangguo temple has always attached great importance to Buddhist music, to the cultivation of professional Buddhism musicians, and attached importance to the training of skills and the tradition of playing music. As a royal temple, Daxiangguo temple in Kaifeng reached its peak in the Northern Song Dynasty. During large-scale celebrations, hundreds of famous musicians from all over the world were invited to perform Buddhism music together, which was unparalleled in the world at that time. However, it gradually disappeared due to various reasons since the downfall of the Song. In recent years, Daxiangguo temple has made full use of the excellent traditional hand-copied secret script music score to reproduce the long lost performance of Buddhism music. The 6 volumes of hand-copied music scores have been handed down from generation to generation by musician monks, with a total of 182 pieces. 

In June 2008, the Buddhist music of Daxiangguo temple was rated as a national intangible cultural heritage. Since its establishment, Buddhist bands have been actively touring around the world to perform Buddhist music. At the same time, there are Buddhist concerts during major festivals and Chinese holidays in Daxiangguo Temple, such as the spring festival, national holiday, the chrysanthemum festival celebrations.

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5

Learn about the Legendary Lifestory of the Justest Lord Bao

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"Lord Bao" of Kaifeng

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"Lord Bao" of Kaifeng

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Wax Statue of Lord Bao

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Lord Bao Statue

Ticket: CNY 65

Opening Hours: 07:00-19:00

Address: 开封市鼓楼区包工东湖北岸1号 No.1, North Bank of Donghu, Baogong, Gulou District, Kaifeng City

If the statue of liberty represents the freedom and democracy of the United States, the image of Bao Gong can represent the fairness and justice of the Chinese people. If Kaifeng needs a spokesman, it must be Lord Bao Qingtian, Bao Zheng. He represents the justest judge in ancient China, who is upright in law! He was the 93 term Chief Executive of Kaifeng. The story of his judgments on trails is known by every Chinese household. 

Located on the North Bank of Baogong lake, Kaifengfu, the ancient government office of Kaifeng displays a large number of precious historical materials and exhibitions. From 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m, there is a skit about the true story of Bao Zheng in Kaifengfu, including the opening ceremony of the office, the judgment of Lord Bao, and the martial arts show. If you are interested in the biography of the righteous judge, don't miss it.

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Appreciate the Ancient Treasures at Various Museums of Kaifeng

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Kaifeng Museum

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Buddha Statue in Kaifeng Museum

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Kaifeng City Mininatures

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Kaifeng People in the Ancient Time

Ticket: Free

Opening Hours: 9:00-17:00 (Tuesday to Sunday)

Address: 开封市龙亭区郑开大道与六大街交叉口 Intersection of Zhengkai Avenue and liudajie street, Longting District, Kaifeng City

As the capital of the Northern Song Dynasty, Kaifeng has a long history and many museums, including 7 national museums, 9 public museums, and 24 private museums. Among them, the most famous and worth-visiting one is Kaifeng Museum. With a total building area of 54286 square meters, Kaifeng Museum has four exhibition halls, namely, an exhibition of fine stone carvings, a wood engraving exhibition of Zhuxian Town in Kaifeng, an ancient civilization exhibition of Kaifeng, and history and culture in Northern Song Dynasty. As of September 2019, there are 80000 pieces of cultural relics in the Kaifeng Museum, including jade, calligraphy and painting, bronze, ceramics, etc., and Kaifeng Museum was rated as the first-class national museum in 2016.

Other recommended museums in Kaifeng:
Kaifeng Art Museum 开封市艺术博物馆 Xufu Street, Gulou District, Kaifeng City 开封市鼓楼区徐府街
Kaifeng Wax Museum 开封宋代蜡像馆 Longting Park, Kaifeng City 开封市龙亭公园内
Kaifeng Police Museum 开封警察博物馆 No.86, the middle section of Zhongshan Road, Kaifeng City 开封市中山路中段86号
Kaifeng Northern Song Dynasty Official Porcelain Art Museum 开封北宋官瓷艺术博物馆, 111, Jinming Avenue, Jinming District, Kaifeng City 开封市金明区金明大道111号
Song Embroidery Museum of Suhua in Kaifeng 开封市素花宋绣博物馆 Wangfen village, Longting District, Kaifeng City 开封市龙亭区王坟村

7

Hunt for Yummy Food and Snacks through the Food Streets and Lanes of Kaifeng

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Gulou Night Market

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Kaifeng Almond Tea

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Fried Rice Jelly

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Kaifeng Chicken

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Steamed Dumplings

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Fried Carp with Baked Noodles

Kaifeng is the birthplace of Henan cuisine in China. It tastes salty and delicious. Trying the delicious local food can help you understand the culture of the Kaifeng People. There are various interesting snacks in Kaifeng. The most famous food and snack street is located around the ancient drum tower of Kaifeng, namely the Gulou night market. It is the largest night market in Kaifeng. Besides the Gulou night market, there is also the Xisi night market that is located right next to the temple of Lord Bao and the local people prefer this one better. The Recommended dishes are Kaifeng xiaolongbao (steamed juicy dumplings), fried carp with baked noodles, barrel chicken, Kaifeng mutton soup, palace almond tea, fried rice jelly, etc.

Recommended Night Markets:Gulou Night Market (鼓楼夜市) Address: Gulou South Square, Gulou District, Kaifeng City 开封市鼓楼区鼓楼南广场
Xisi Night Market (西司夜市) Address: Dingjiao Street, Gulou District, Kaifeng City, near the Temple of Lord Bao 开封市鼓楼区丁角街,靠近包公祠

Recommended Restaurants: The First of Kaifeng (开封第一楼), address: No.8, back street, Kaifeng 开封市后街8号
Mayuxing chicken and duck restaurant, address: Gulou snack night market 鼓楼南广场小吃夜市

How to Plan Your Henan Kaifeng Tour

How to Get to Kaifeng: You can get to Kaifeng from Zhengzhou by private driving (about 1.5 hours), by intercity high speed train (about 20-30 minutes) and by bus (about 2 hour) or depart from Luoyang.

Best Time to Visit Kaifeng: April to May and September and October namely spring and autumn. when the temperature is comfortable, the precipitation is moderate and chrysanthemums festival will be held in annually in October.

Top Attractions to Visit in Kaifeng: Millennium City Park, Dragon Pavilion Park, Iron Pagoda Park, Ancient City Wall, etc. …

Travelers often tour Kaifeng with Shaolin Temple, Luoyang Longmen Grottoes and other top destinations in Henan for 5 to 6 days. After arrival from Zhengzhou, about 1.5 hour by private driving, you’re suggested to leave 1 day visiting the Millennium City Park (Qingming Riverside Landscape Garden), Iron Pagoda Temple, Dragon Pavilion (Longting) Park, the Ancient City Wall and other ancient sites in downtown area, learn the diverse culture and featured regional history and customs in Kaifeng. In autumn months, you may witness hundreds of species of beautiful chrysanthemums in the yearly festival.

And then, most tourists return to Zhengzhou and travel to Shaolin Temple, a dream place for worldwide Kung Fu fans. 1 day is enough to visit the ancient temple complex and watch a splendid Kung Fu show, get a real contact with Chines Zen and martial arts culture. Luoyang with Longmen Grottoes is also worth your exploration. This giant Buddhist grottoes treasury presents China’s early Buddhist culture and carving craft. China’s oldest Buddhist temple - White Hose Temple and gorgeous Spring peony also attract numerous visitors.

If you are fond of Chinese character, Yinxu of Anyang is an ideal place to know plentiful Oracle Bone Inscriptions. Moreover, Henan offers lots of awesome natural splendors where you can immerse in magnificent mountains, fresh air, powerful water and broad vision created by magic of nature. Mount Song, Yuntai Mountain, Guoliang Village, Xiaolangdi Dam are top recommendations.

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