Yellow River Scenic Area

The Yellow River Scenic Area is situated northwest of Zhengzhou City, in Henan Province. The scenic area is surprisingly beautiful. As seen from a high point in this scenic area, the mighty Yellow River rushes by and demonstrates tremendous force with rolling and falling of the river's torrents. Sometimes in its thousands of miles, the river reaches wide endless plains where currents flow smoothly, and sometimes it meets precipitous mountains where it has to zigzag its way.

Yellow River Scenic Area embraces five scenic spots, namely the Five Dragons Peak, the Camel Mountain Range, the Yueshan Temple, the Stone Figures of Yandi and Huangdi, and the Ancient City of Liu Bang and Xiang Yu. Among them, the Five Dragons Peak is the central area.

Five Dragons Peak

Five Dragons is named after a range of five mountains. From a distance, you see ancient pavilions, both large and small, of many designs scattered on the mountains among ancient pines and cypresses. To catch a broad view of the Yellow River, come to Jimu Pavilion on the top of the Five Dragons Peak. From here you can see the mighty river, which has nourished Chinese for thousands of years. Here you see a sculpture of a mother's figure named 'Nourishing'. This benevolent mother in ancient costume is happily holding her baby in her arms.

Camel Mountain Range

This is 2 kilometers (about 1.24 miles) to the west of Yueshan Temple. A figure of Yu the Great (2,070 B.C. - 2,061 B.C.) is a highlight on the main peak of the Camel Mountain Range. Yu the Great, a beloved and legendary ruler in China's prehistoric times, was the first King of the Xia Dynasty (21st centuries B.C. - 16th centuries B.C.). He is commemorated and honored for his battle against floods. The sculpture of Yu the Great is very striking in this area.

Yueshan Temple

This is 1.5 kilometers (about 0.93 miles) to the east of Five Dragons Peak in Yellow River Scenic Area. There are several featured spots, such as the Purple Golden Pavilion (Zijin Pavilion) and the Peony Garden. During festivals, a deafening bell reverberates from a distance to catch your attention. The bell is on the top of the Golden Pavilion and its deep heavy sounds mixing with the Yellow River's rumble create enormous reverberations. In the wilderness, the reverberation rises and falls in waves.

Stone Figures of Yandi and Huangdi

Yandi and Huangdi are legendary figures and generally regarded as the ancestors of the Chinese. Stone figures, with 18-meter-high (about 59 feet) heads and 82-meter-high (about 269 feet) bodies, are facing the Yellow River. In total, the stone figures measure 100 meters (about 328 feet) high. Nine big bronze Dings (a kind of ancient Chinese vessel) are displayed on the tomb passage in front of the altar for worshipping Yandi and Huangdi.

Ancient City of Liu Bang and Xiang Yu

In the Ancient City of Liu Bang(the first Emperor of the Han Dynasty 206 B.C. - 24 A.D.)and Xiang Yu (the Overlord of the West Chu 232A.D. - 202A.D.), you will see figures of war horses and soldiers. They are sculpted in great detail.

It is the second largest river in China. Thousands of years ago, Chinese civilization emerged from the Yellow River's central basin. Since then this great river has nourished millions of people. If you want to see this mighty river and its surrounding landscape, then come to Yellow River Scenic Area.

How to get to Yellow River Scenic Area

Take Bus 18, You 1 or You 16 to Huanghe Fengjing Mingshengqu (Yellow River Scenic Area).
Zhengzhou Bus Search

Entrance Fee CNY 60;
Free for children under 1.4 meters (4.6 feet).
Hovercraft CNY 80
Ropeway CNY 40
Opening Hours 9:00 - 18:00
Recommended Time for a Visit 3-4h

  See also Top 10 Things to Do in Zhengzhou
- Last updated on Mar. 06, 2020 -
Questions & Answers on Yellow River Scenic Area
Asked by Jabi from PAKISTAN | Sep. 26, 2019 08:58Reply
Yellow River Ticket Booking
Can you book bus tickets in advance of Bus No.16 to and back from Scenic Area
Answers (1)
Answered by Dennis from SINGAPORE | Sep. 28, 2019 19:40

You need to buy the ticket on the spot. Don't worry, it is very easy.
Asked by lee from UNITED KINGDOM | Nov. 10, 2018 05:04Reply
hello. where is a bus stop for tourist line 16 at the Zhengzhou main railway station ?
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Answered by Bobbi from USA | Nov. 11, 2018 22:33

You can find the bus stop at the northwest corner of the North Exit of the railway station.
Asked by Adrien from CANADA | Mar. 31, 2018 17:26Reply
We will be in Zhengzhou for 2 weeks.
During this time we want to go to the grottoes and Shaolin Temple. We think staying close to the temple for 2 or 3 night may be nice in order to explore the area. We do not want to be rushed at the grottoes or the temple. What is your recommended itinerary for this and what transportation do you recommend to get there and back? Also, should we go directly from the grottoes to Shaolin or go back to the city each time? Thanks.
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Answered by Andre from SINGAPORE | Apr. 02, 2018 02:36

Hi, Adrien! Here is my suggestion!
ZZ-shaolin temple-grottoes, and you don’t need to back to the city.
You can take a bus from ZZ Long-distance Bus Station to the temple; to the grottoes, there are many private cars that can take you from the temple.
Asked by Ng Swee Poh from SINGAPORE | Apr. 26, 2016 21:51Reply
Is there tourist bus or public transport from Kaifeng railway station to Yellow River scenic area?
What is the distance (how many Km?) between this two places? How much time (how many hours) is needed to travel between this two places by public transport?
I will have one day in ZZ staying near ZZ railway station, I plan to visit that scenic area in the morning 9.00 am, visit KF in the afternoon said from 2.30 pm onwards. Is this OK?
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Answered by Betty from USA | Apr. 28, 2016 03:25

The distance is about 54 miles (87km). You may take a train to ZZ from Kaifeng Railway Station (about 45 mintues). Upon arrival, take tourist bus line 16 to the scenic area (about 1 to 1.5 hours).

Yes, the time is enough for you. You are advised to spend around 3 hours visiting the scenic area by the way. :)
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