Kaifeng may be one of China’s lesser-known cities, but it has a remarkable history with many important relics and historic sites. This has led to it becoming increasingly popular with tourists, and to begin to develop a more visitor-friendly outlook. Kaifeng is known as the ‘Northern Water Town’ and is home to colorful folk arts and opera, painting and calligraphy.
Tours and activities in Kaifeng
Kaifeng is a city steeped in history, with many important historical sites to take in while you’re there. It’s a good idea to arrange an organized tour of these sites to be sure you don’t miss anything! Our local guides will be able to help you maximize your experience in Kaifeng with organized, well-informed visits to all the best attractions.
They will be able to show you the local artisans where you can purchase souvenirs, help you to book the best places for dining and give you some all-important historical background on the many places you can visit while in the city. Whether you need a tour for two hours or two days, check out our offers below for more information.
Best time to visit
Kaifeng has a temperate continental monsoon climate, with warm, wet summers and pleasant autumn. It’s best to visit in September and October when the weather is best, and you have the opportunity to visit the Chrysanthemum Festival.
Top Attractions in Kaifeng
Though the city is not much popular still, it offers a lot of amazing attractions and visitors can spend a great time here. People will surely love to pay a visit to natural beauty, architectural amazes and historical spots which the city of Kaifeng offers
Getting here and getting around
Kaifeng has no airport, but the nearest airport, Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport, is only 70km away. From here, travel is convenient for destinations all over China, as well as some key international locations including Thailand, Japan, UAE, and Canada.
The City Railway Station provides daily services to cities such as Zhengzhou, Luoyang, and Xian, with a long-distance bus service also providing easy travel.
Local buses are plentiful and travel across the city. Be aware that these are usually self-service, so make sure to carry change when you’re planning to take the bus.
Taxis are also easy to flag down in Kaifeng. For travel across the city, fares start at ¥5 with an extra ¥1 for each kilometer after the first 2kms. Taxis usually charge a flat rate of ¥7 for journeys to many of the attractions in the downtown of the city.
For a more fun way to get around, you can take a rickshaw, or as the locals call it a ‘bengbeng.’ It’s a great way to see the sights and can be very inexpensive, but do agree with a price first.
Eating and drinking
Kaifeng has a number of local delicacies that are worth sampling during your visit. Locally produced foods like Bianliang Watermelon, Peanut Cake, Spiced Dried Bean Curd, and Pickled Radish are all popular and well worth trying.
The most well-known restaurant is Di Yi Lou which sells Xiao Long Bao (steamed small meat dumpling in basket). However, it’s very popular with tourists, meaning there’s often a long wait for a table.
You can also sample local snack at the night fairs that run in the city, starting at 5 pm every evening. The best of these is Gu Lou Night Fair (Drum Tower Night Fair), where you can sample local snacks and delicacies from around the Henan region. In the south of the fair, you can also sample Islamic style cooking.
Getting a good night's sleep
One of the best accommodations in Kaifeng is the Pullman Kaifeng Jianye, which has rooms overlooking the lake or gardens, an on-site bar, and sports and bike hire. Rooms are air-conditioned and well-appointed, with flat-screen TVs.
A tremendous mid-priced hotel is Sunshine Nali Boutique Inn which is rated the excellent value for money. Rooms come equipped with everything you need for your stay, and the décor is in a charming traditional style. There are a sun terrace and garden that visitors can relax in.