Xinyang Travel Guide
Chinese Name: 信阳市 (xìn yáng shì)
Area: 18,900 square kilometers (7297 square miles)
Location: in the south of Henan Province, east-central China
Administrative Division: 2 districts (Shihe, Pingqiao); 8 counties (Xixian, Huaibin, Huangchuan, Guangshan, Gushi, Shangcheng, Luoshan, Xinxian)
Area Code: 0376
Zip Code: 464000
GDP (2018): CNY 238.78 billion (USD 34.61 billion)
The City Producing Famous Maojian Tea
In southern Henan Province, Xinyang City neighbors Anhui to the east and Hubei to the south. It is seated between the north foot of the Dabie Mountains (in the southern) and the upper reaches of the Huaihe River (in the northern). Xinyang Maojian tea is one of the 10 best Chinese tea. It tastes mellow and sweet and has a long-lasting fragrance after being boiled. The city also features pleasant weather and high-quality air due to high forest coverage. It is necessary to spend about 2 - 3 days to visit Xinyang thoroughly because it has a variety of scenic spots from mountains to spring resorts, lakes and ancient temples. The most popular attractions include Jigong Mountain, a national natural scenic area which is one of the four summer resorts in China and Lingshan Mountain with many quaint temples.
Xinyang Attractions - Things to Do
It is an offshoot of the Dabie Mountains in the area that borders southern Xinyang and Hubei Province. Baoxiao (Crowing) Peak, the main peak of the mountain can be seen from afar much like a cock that announces the rise of dawn, and hence the mountain and the peak gain their names. As a natural land of plant and animals, the nature reserve is also one of the top four summer resorts in China.
Lingshan Mountain in Luoshan County is a Buddhist shrine of great fame in China. There are in total seven temples and three nunneries in the mountain. Lingshan Temple was first built in the Tang Dynasty, reputed as an ode to the four largest ancient temples in Central China. The temple is peculiar in that there are both monks and nuns. Even a princess of the Tang Dynasty took the tonsure in the temple and had her hair shorn.
It is a beautiful hot spring resort located 20 kilometers (12 miles) southwest of Shangcheng county seat. The pool has eight mouths of springs. Setting perfectly off with the wonderful sceneries surrounded, it is absolutely a perfect destination for leisure.
Other Scenic Spots: Nanwan Lake
How to get to/around Xinyang
Xinyang is the south gate of Henan Province. Beijing-Guangzhou Railway runs across from north to south. No.107 and 312 national highways intersects through the city and allows visitors to reach Wuhan, Zhengzhou, Hefei, Nanyang and several other cities. Zhengzhou, the capital city of Henan is only three hours' drive away while Wuhan, the capital city of Hubei Province, is about four hours away. Xinyang Bus Station is situated on Renmin Lu, adjacent to the railway station. It is the main bus station provides local buses and bus lines to other towns and cities.
About 45 kilometers (28 miles) to downtown Xinyang, Xinyang Minggang Airport has opened flights to Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing, Chengdu, Kunming...
When to Go: April and October are the best periods to visit the city. The most popular scenic area, Jigong Mountain, is favorable from April to November.
Xinyang Travel Tips
History: The city is one of the origins of Chinese civilization with more than 8,000 years of history. During the Xia (21st - 16th century BC) and Shang (16th - 11th century BC) dynasties, it consisted of many vassal states. It had become a vital grain base for the country during the middle period of the Tang Dynasty (618-907), and later developed into a wealthy city in Central China.
Physical Features: The terrain of the city declines from its south to the north. Its west and south regions are mountainous formed by Tongbai Mountain and Dabie Mountains. Hills predominate the centre of the city, while the northern region of the city is consists of plains and depressions.
Special Local Products:Xinyang Maojian Tea, chestnut, Chinese gooseberry, ginkgo, willow knitting, and ox horn handicrafts.