Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport serves the city of Zhengzhou, capital of Henan province in eastern China. Operational from 1997, Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport has since undergone expansion works to become one of the busiest airports in the People’s Republic of China, handling more than 10 million passengers annually. The airport is served by over 15 airlines, with flights to more than 50 domestic and international destinations around the world. Some of these airlines include China Southern Airlines, Air China, China Eastern Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Korean Airlines, and Air China.
Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport is a single-terminal, multi-storeyed air transport hub with an area of over 120,000 square meters. Each floor of the terminal is used for different purposes – the arrivals hall is located on the second floor, whilst the departure hall is on the third floor (as of August 2015). Due to ever-increasing air traffic demands, Xinzheng Airport is slated for further expansion works.
Getting around Zhengzhou
Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport is located about 25-30 km from the city of Zhengzhou. The easiest way to make the commute from airport to city is by cab – a taxi ride from Xinzheng airport to Zhengzhou’s city centre should cost about 100-150 yuan, and take 50-60 minutes.
Otherwise, airport shuttles to major points within Zhengzhou city are also available at a much cheaper fare of 20 yuan. These buses head to areas like the Zhengzhou Train Station, Zhengzhou Train Station West Square, Civil Aviation Hotel Zhengzhou, Speed Dragon Hotel and others. Expect about an hour’s ride on the bus.
Those heading to cities outside of Zhengzhou may also board buses from Zhengzhou Xinzheng Airport heading to Luoyang, Kaifeng, Xuchang, Xinxiang, Anyang and others.
What to see and do in Zhengzhou
If you’ve heard of China’s famous Shaolin monks and always harbored a secret desire to visit their home place, now’s your chance. Mount Song, one of the 5 Sacred Mountains of China, is only about 50 miles from Zhengzhou and an excellent spot for a daytrip. Not only will you be treated to spectacular mountain scenery – think dramatic rock cliffs, misty canyons, lush greenery, waterfalls, rock caves and more – you’d also be entering one of China’s most historically and culturally important regions. This is where you’d find the Shaolin Temple, the inspiration behind many Hollywood movies, where the Shaolin School of Buddhism (and to some, Zen Buddhism itself) all started and where Shaolin monks continue to practice their ancient art of Chinese Shaolin Kung Fu till today. The Temple’s history stretches back 1,500 years, and – together with the amazing pagoda forest nearby – is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its stunning historic and geologic value. This is also where you’d find Songyue Temple, considered one of the oldest pagodas in China (it was constructed all the way back in AD 523).
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