A rich and varied history and a strategic location for exploring the Henan Province makes Xuchang a wonderful choice of cities for a long or short visit. It is one of the most important cities involved in the unification of China, and the heart of the region’s porcelain, tobacco and floriculture industries.
Tours and activities in Xuchang
Xuchang is not the easiest of cities to visit independently, with very little in the way of English signage or speakers available. This means you could waste a lot of time in the city simply trying to get by. Booking a flexible day tour or visit to these attractions can ensure you use your time in the city wisely and get the most from your trip.
As well as guiding you to and around the attraction, our local tour guides can help you book tickets for events, tables for dinner and onward transport too. Check out our range of readymade tours below, or get in touch to find out more about how we can help make your visit to Xuchang better.
Best time to visit
Xuchang has a definite four-season climate, with cold, frosty winters and hot, humid summers. For this reason, the shoulder seasons are the best time to visit, with most tourists preferring the spring (March-May) over the autumn as it tends to be drier. Having said that, the autumn brings with it the most glorious colors in the forests of the scenic areas, so is well worth considering too.
Top Attractions in Xuchang
Attractive tobacco gardens, temples, lake, mountains and bridges are the charms of the city. There are several other fantabulous destinations in Xuchang for tourists.
Getting here and getting around
The city of Xuchang is served by two main train stations. The older is the Xuchang Train Station which accommodates the traditional slow trains from all over China. The newer station is Xuchang East Railway Station which has been built to cater for the high-speed bullet trains arriving from Zhengzhou and other cities.
The nearest airport is at Zhengzhou, which is just a 20-minute ride away by high-speed train. Anyang is also conveniently close, taking just an hour and a half by fast train.
From the train station, buses run into the city center in around 50 minutes. Taxis are also plentiful but do agree on a price before boarding or ensure they have the meter running to avoid being ripped off.
Eating and drinking
Xuchang food is typical Henan fayre. Big flavors with not too much spice make the local cuisine easily accessible for even the tamest Western palate. Look out for mutton stewed noodles on Small North Street in the new town for a real local taste, or the delicious Xiao Long Bao (a juicy steamed bun) for a filling snack.
Another famous dish of the city is Wu Village Beef. This fragrant smelling dish contains dozens of ingredients, and the recipe is a closely guarded secret. So much so, it is said that chefs will buy the ingredients themselves (and may also buy ingredients not used in the stew, to throw speculators off the scent) and will cook up the dish at midnight! If you have an opportunity to sample this local delicacy, do not pass it up.
Getting a good night's sleep
There is a good selection of hotels to choose from, with prices and facilities to suit most needs and budgets. The Royal Palace Hotel is the city’s only five-star offering, featuring strong Wi-Fi, a gym and a well-received onsite restaurant. The Kaiyuan Zhongzhouu International Hotel consistently receives rave reviews, as does the boutique Rebecca Hotel in Weidu.
For cheaper accommodation in Xuchang, the Jinjiang Inn on Hubin Road offers comfort at a surprisingly low price, or for real shoestring options, consider the Peach Inn which offers private double rooms from as little as ¥85 per night.
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