Xuchang Travel Guide

Xuchang Facts

Chinese Name: 许昌市 (xǔ chāng shì)
Population: 4,982,400
Area: 4,996 square kilometers (1,929 square miles)
Location: in the central area of Henan Province, east-central China
Administrative Division: 2 districts (Weidu, Jian' an); 2 counties (Yanling, Xiangcheng); 2 county-level cities (Yuzhou, Changge)
Area Code: 0374
Zip Code: 461000
GDP (2018): CNY 283.06 billion (USD 42.78 billion)

Famous China Hair Factory & Ancient Capital of the Kingdom of Wei

The city is situated in the center of Henan Province, neighboring Zhoukou to the east, Pingdingshan to the west and Luohe to the south. The capital city of the province, Zhengzhou lies 80 kilometers (50 miles) north of the city. Xuchang is 50 kilometers (31 miles) away from Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport. As the Xuchang Terminal was finished, it is convenient for people to transfer in the Xinzheng Airport. Xuchang is known as a China hair factory. At present, there are 300,000 people engaged in wig business in Xuchang City, and more than 300 kinds of hair products sell well in more than 120 countries and regions around the world.

During the Three Kingdoms (220 - 280), the Kingdom of Wei (220 - 265) once set its capital in Xuchang, so a large number of relevant scenic spots have been preserved such as the Spring and Autumn Tower (Chunqiu Lou) and Prime Minister Cao’s Government Office. Besides, visitors can learn the history and knowledge of Jun porcelain which is one of the five famous porcelains in ancient China, belonging to the northern celadon. But different from the common celadon with pure color, Jun porcelain presents purple, red, blue, white and other colors after firing, very gorgeous and beautiful. 

Xuchang Attractions - Things to Do

Spring and Autumn Tower (Chunqiu Lou)

Caopi ascended the throne as the head of the Wei Kingdom in this city in 220. The city has abundant historic relics of the Three Kingdom Period. The Spring and Autumn Tower is a Ming and Qing style building complex located in the middle section of the Wenmiao Qian Jie in city downtown area. It was first built during the year of 1271 for the glorious general Guanyu of the Shu Kingdom.

Jun Kiln Site

30 kilometers (19 miles) southwest of Yuzhou City, the Shenhou Town was the birthplace of the Jun porcelain and is a principal porcelain producing area in North China. At present, in Yuzhou Museum of the Jun Official Kiln Site in the north section of the Guanyao Lu and the Jun porcelain street, visitors will learn more about Jun porcelain and its history.

How to get to/around Xuchang

Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport is only 50 kilometers (31 miles) north of Xuchang. The railway station of this city is in Yingchang Lu, in the southwest corner of the intersection of Yingchang Lu and Qiyi Lu. The bus station is conveniently located in the northeast of the railway station. 

Thanks for the completion of Yuzhou-Dengfeng Expressway that makes it accessible to get to the Shaolin Temple of Mt. Songshan from Yuzhou City in one hour.


Xuchang enjoys a warm temperate continental monsoon climate with an annual average temperature of 15.2 degree centigrade (59.4 degree Fahrenheit). It has clear four seasons, rich sunlight and moderate rainfall.

 When to Go: Spring is suggested to be the best season to visit the city.

Xuchang Travel Tips

 History: Xuchang was in the central region of the Xia Dynasty (21st - 16th century BC), and it was also the headstream of the ancient Xu Kingdom in Western Zhou Dynasty (11th century BC - 771 BC) and the Wei Kingdom in the Three Kingdoms Period (220-280). The name of Xuchang initiated in 221 when the city was under the reign of the Wei Kingdom. 

 Physical Features: Located in the transition area from the offshoots of Funiu Mountain to Yudong (East Henan) Plain, the terrain of the city generally declines in order from the western mountainous and hilly area to central mound area and eastern alluvial plain with the plains occupying seventy percent of the entire city land.

 Special Local Products: Jun porcelain, tobacco leaves

 Local Highlights: Xuchang is considered to be the capital of Jun porcelain and flowers. Jun Kiln in Yuzhou is listed in the five famous kilns in the Song Dynasty (960-1279), and the Jun porcelain began in the Tang Dynasty (618-907) and became prosperous in the Song Dynasty. In the following dynasties, Jun porcelain could only be used by royalty. In addition, Yanling County of Xuchang has a long history of flower planting that can be traced back to the Tang Dynasty. Today, Yanling is still a notable flower base in China.

- Last updated on May. 13, 2020 -
Questions & Answers on Xuchang Travel
Asked by Adrien from CANADA | Aug. 25, 2019 11:35Reply
Is Xuchang a recommended place for a few days of tourism? Thanks.
Answers (2)
Answered by Ella from USA | Aug. 28, 2019 23:49

Generally speaking, Xuchang is not a popular tourism attraction. Maybe you can visit the Spring and Autumn Tower, Jun Kiln Site, Shenhou Ancient Town, and Xuchang Museum.
Answered by Adrien from CANADA | Aug. 29, 2019 07:58

Asked by tuba orman from TÜRKIYE | Mar. 24, 2019 07:31Reply
I want to buy a dslr professional camera in Xuchang
where is the best place to buy it?the cheapest and reliable place ?
Answers (1)
Answered by Liam from NEW ZEALAND | Mar. 26, 2019 01:05

You can buy it in Pang Dong Lai Store, which is located in Southwest Corner of the Intersection of Qiyi Road and Nanguan Street, Weidu District.
Asked by Tee from SOUTH AFRICA | Mar. 06, 2018 17:50Reply
I am planning to buy weaves and wigs in Xuchang
Which is the best place with good quality hair and the most affordable prices to go to for Brazilian weaves?
Answers (1)
Answered by Joe from JAPAN | Mar. 06, 2018 20:37

I was told there are many shops for that in Shangji Industry Zone in Shangji Town, Jian’an District. You may have a look!
Asked by HOINAM | May. 07, 2017 15:19Reply
I'm planning to travel in Henan Province. The route is the following:
Nanjing->Zhengzhou->Xuchang->Shaolin->Luoyang->Zhengzhou. Would you have any kind recommendations on the best order and mode of transportation?

Are there buses from XC City to Shaolin? Thanks in advance.
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Answered by Dick from GERMANY | May. 11, 2017 02:19

In my opinion, the route you have listed is reasonable enough.
From Nanjing to Zhengzhou, you can take the high speed train with the duration of about 3.5 hours.
From Zhengzhou to XC, you may take the shuttle bus at Zhengzhou Bus Termianl. It operates during 06:00 to 19:40 with the interval of 10-20 minutes. The ticket fare is CNY20/person.
From XC to Shaolin, You can take a shuttle bus at the XC Central Bus Station. The operating time is from 06:00 to 15:20. The frequency is 30-60 minutes. It usually costs CNY32/person.
From Shaolin to Luoyang, you can take the bus at the gate of the scenic area.
From Luoyang to Zhengzhou, you can take the direct bus at the Luoyang Bus Station. The ticket fare is CNY50/person. It operates from 07:00 to 19:00 with the frequency of 30-40 minutes.
Asked by Ch.Shakeel from PAKISTAN | May. 18, 2015 05:56Reply
From Shanghai to Xuchang, what it is the best transportaion and how long it will take to get there?
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Answered by Mandy from THAILAND | May. 18, 2015 21:29

It is suggested to take a high-speed train from Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station to Zhengzhou first in around 7h. Then walk to the nearby Central Bus Station to take a direct bus to your destination in around 80min. Buses for this route are available from 05:20 to 21:00.
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