Zhengzhou China Expat City Guide

Rachel Weiss
Career China Digital Marketing Manager
Mar 20, 2019

Zhengzhou is the largest city in Henan province and is also the capital of city of the province. It is among the Eight Great Ancient Capitals of China. So, it has great history, beautiful landscape and it is one of the key economic centers for this area.

The most Chinese call it the "Lamb Noodle City" due to the signature dish and the expats living here can take advantage of the many attractions and sights in the city such as the Shaolin Temple, situated on Mount Song. The Shaolin Temple is also called the “Number One Temple under Heaven”. 

Some other important sites include the Erqi Memorial, which boasts a double pagoda, the Yellow River, and the Zhengzhou Confucius Temple. Moreover, expats living in the city can also absorb the culture of this city and tour the leisure and retail areas. 

Neighborhoods and Districts in Zhengzhou

Zhengzhou is a large city with over 8 million people. The city is divided into 11 districts; 6 urban districts, 5 county-level city districts, and 1 county.

The Jinshui, Erqi, Huiji, Guancheng Hui, Shangjie, and Zhongyuan Districts are in the city center where most of the population lives. The Xingyang, Xingzhen, Dengfeng, Xinmi, Gongyi, and Zhongmu Districts are outside of the city center and contain the more rural parts of Zhengzhou.


Getting In and Out of the City

Zhengzhou is among the important transportation hubs for the airlines, highways and rail lines. The Xingzheng International Airport was built in 1997 and it is 25 km from the city and operates 160 air routes. Around 1,400 flights take off and land each week. The flights for most cities of China are available in the airport such as Chengdu, Beijing, Guilin, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Haikou, and Shenzhen. Passengers can choose to fly directly to Macau and Hong Kong. 

You can get to the airport by taxi, train or bus. Currently, there are five railway stations – East Station, Zhengzhou Stations, South Station, and West Station. The stations are high speed and the former two are for cargo and passenger transport. The North Station is solely for freight.

Getting Around the City

There is a rapid transit metro in Zhengzhou with 3 lines in operation, as well as many buses that make traveling in the city very easy. It’s also very convenient to take taxis or rent a bike to get around the city.

**Learn more about taking public transportation in China.

Climate and Weather 

Zhengzhou enjoys a humid subtropical climate that consists of hot, humid summers and dry mild winters. With a warm temperate continental climate, Zhengzhou enjoys annual temperatures that average at around 14.3 degrees Celsius (around 57.7 degrees F). The weather in the city is comfortable with clear differences between all the four seasons and the weather is comfortable. 

The climate is hottest in July and the temperatures average at around 27.3 degrees Celsius (around 81.6 degrees F). If you fear coldness, you should know that January is the coldest month in this city and the temperatures average at around -0.2 degrees (31.6 degrees F) and can drop to -17 degrees Celsius. The winter weather is seldom snowy but cold. This place experiences high rainfall in summer. Expect more sunshine in autumn and longer daytime. 

Best Time To Visit the City

If you are looking for the best experience, you will have to visit the place in either summer or autumn, particularly from July to October. The area gets high rainfall during this period and seeing the Yellow River spectacular scenery is hard. The rain is concentrated in summer.

If you are interested in touring inside the city, you should visit in autumn, but if you are only free during winter, you will need heavy clothing. Jackets and sweaters are enough during autumn and spring. 

Things To Do In The City

As we have already said, Zhengzhou was among the ancient eight Capitals of China, which means that it has a long history and unique cultural relics. To review the history of Zhengzhou and that of Henan province in a better way, you will have to visit the Henan Provincial Museum and the Yellow River Scenic Area. From Zhengzhou, you can make a trip to the Shaolin Temple situated in Dengfeng, which is home to the Chinese widely known martial arts Shaolin Kung Fu. There, you could watch the Kung Fu performances, study, meditate in some of the ancient surroundings and explore the Pagoda Forest. Whatever the reason for touring, the Shaolin Temple should be among the top considerations. 

The Henan Museum is among the most famous Chinese Museums. It seconds the Palace Museum in Taipei and Beijing when it comes to collections and came into being in the year 1927 as Henan Provincial Museum. The museum boasts thematic galleries, temporary exhibition halls, and basic galleries. The collections date back to the twentieth century and you will, therefore, find over 130,000 prehistoric artifacts pieces such as the Zhou and Shang Bronzes, Jade and ancient ceramics. Moreover, the museum offers many nature relics like fossils and dinosaur bones.

After touring the Henan Museum, you might need to visit the Yellow River Scenic Area, situated around 30km to the northwest of Zhengzhou City. The Yellow River is the second largest in China and pours from a height to a plain. Be ready to witness beautiful scenery and greenly mountain trees with matched pavilions. The area has over 50 scenic spots such as Five Dragons Peak, Yueshan Temple, Camel Mountain Range, Yandi and Huangdi Stone Figures and the Ancient City of Liu Bang and Xiang Yu. The river scenery is vast in the place and you can enjoy the various scenic spots in addition to learning more about the history of Yellow River. 

Visit the Erqi Memorial Tower situated at the Erqi Square of Zhengzhou. Built in the year 1971, the Erqi Memorial Tower has been a reminder of the Railway Workers Strike that took place on 7th February 1923. It is a 14-story tower of 63 meters height. Ten tower layers consist of basement hall and museum hall. It displays many images of historical artifacts and text data of the strike. It has remained an important landmark of the Zhengzhou city. 

The Shaolinsi (Shaolin Temple), situated around 95km from Zhenzhou in Dengfeng City should not miss in your list of places to visit. The Shaolin Temple is the birthplace of the widely known Shaolin Kung Fu and has been the shooting site for most martial arts movies. Constructed in the year 495AD, the Shaolinsi became popular after Bodhidharma started teaching Zen. Today, you will find three main areas to tour if you need to learn more about the history of this site. They are the Pagoda Forest, Shaolin Temple Complex and the Kung Fu performance site. 

Life In The City For Expats  

Zhengzhou is among the important economic hubs in China and has several industries. Most people associate Zhengzhou with the production of various products like food products, cigarettes, tractors, textiles, electronics, and machinery. Some other areas that provide opportunities for expats in Zhengzhou include finance, education and research.

Expats who relocate with their family benefit from the city schools and international schools. The city is home to several universities including the Zhengzhou University.

Many shopping malls in the districts could rival any in the western countries and the cost of living is very good. Safety is not a problem and modern affordable accommodation is available in most places.

If you're looking for ways to connect with other expats in Zhengzhou, check out these tips.

City Festivals and Events

People tour Zhengzhou at any time of the year but those looking forward to the annual festivals and events in this city choose a few specific dates. To narrate a few stories about the China Zhengzhou International Shaolin Wushu Festival, they tour the city from 1st September to 5th September each year. The Festival is one of the key attractions apart from the Chinese Shaolin Kung Fu. 

And during the period, the Kung Fu enthusiasts appreciate the awe-inspiring opening ceremony and the wonderful Kung Fu demonstrations. The China Flower Fair takes place between 1st May and 20th May. Another festival, the Xinzheng Date Village Tour, also known as the Xingzheng Zaoxiang Fengqing You, happens from the end of August to 20th September. 

Living in Zhenzhou

Zhengzhou hosts many cultural and historic scenic spots and has been a destination of tourists and expats for a long time. The various means of transport facilitate easier movement from and into the city. If you would want to tour some of the surrounding areas and cities, the buses and intercity trains will be helpful. The city has many schools and universities, and the safety and quality of life are quite good for expats in Zhengzhou.


To learn more about living and working in China, check out The Ultimate Guide for Moving to China

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