Zhoukou Travel Guide
Chinese Name: 周口市 (zhōu kǒu shì)
Area: 11,959 square kilometers (4,617 square miles)
Location: in the southeast of Henan Province, east-central China
Administrative Division: 8 counties (Fugou, Xihua, Shangshui, Taikang, Luyi, Dancheng, Huaiyang, Shenqiu); 1 district (Chuanhui); 1 county-level city (Xiangcheng)
Area Code: 0394
Zip Code: 466000
GDP (2018): CNY 268.722 billion (USD 40.611 billion)
Henan’s Largest Agricultural City with Rich Fuxi Culture
Situated in the southeast of Henan Province, Zhoukou neighbors Luohe and Xuchang to the west, Zhumadian to the south, and Kaifeng and Shangqiu to the north. It also shares a boundary with Anhui to the east. Zhoukou is the largest agricultural city whose annual output of grain, cotton and oil accounts for 1/7, 1/3 and 1/4 of the total output of Henan Province. Zhoukou has a civilization history of more than 6,000 years. Fuxi, a mythological ancestor of Chinese culture, founded its capital here and created the ancient civilization of the Chinese nation. Laozi, an ancient thinker and philosopher, was also born here. His Tao Te Jing is one of the most widely published works in the world. Tourists can go to Fuxi Taihao Mausoleum and Taiqing palace to know the stories of these two historical figures. In addition, Fuxi Taihao Mausoleum holds the temple fair from February 2 to March 3 of the lunar calendar when people from all over the country come to pay homage to Fuxi.
Zhoukou Attractions - Things to Do
Temple of Guan Yu (Guandi Temple)
Originally Shanshan (Shanxi and Shaanxi) Guild Hall, it was first built in 1693. Having been expanded and constructed several times, the compound now occupies an area of 12,590 square meters (about 3.1 acres). It is reputed as the top scenic spot in Zhoukou, being a witness to the boom and splendor of commerce in former days.
Fuxi Taihao Mausoleum
It was built for one of the mythological sage rulers, 'three august ones and five emperors' in Chinese history as early as in the Spring and Autumn Period (770BC-476BC). It was constantly expanded after the Tang (618-907) and Song (960-1279) dynasties. The mausoleum is similar in structure to the imperial palace of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).
It is located 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) east of Luyi county seat. It is the birthplace of the founder of Taoism, Lao Tse. This memorial temple was first built in the Eastern Han Dynasty (25-220).
How to get to Zhoukou
1. The city can be connected with the Beijing-Guangzhou and Beijing-Kowloon railway lines through the Luohe-Fuyang Railway. Additionally, there are four expressways which meet in this city, from where travelers can get to Nanjing, Luoyang, Shenzhen, Shangqiu, Xuchang and Bozhou.
2. Zhoukou City Central Bus Station: middle section of Jiaotong Lu, Chuanhui District
3. Zhoukou City Hehua Bus Station: No. 153, Zhongzhou Lu, Chuanhui District
When to Go: Visitors can get to Zhoukou in spring and autumn. Autumn is indeed the best season to visit the city, not only for moderate sunny weather, but also for delicious fruits and melons that have just appeared on the market.
Zhoukou Travel Tips
History: Zhoukou has more than six thousand years of brilliant history. It was known as Chen in remote ages, and the Chu State in the late Warring States Period (476BC-221BC) made it the capital. It was rich and prosperous in the Han Dynasty (206BC-220AD) as the manor of princes.
Physical Features: This region belongs to the Huanghuai Plain with its flat and broad land. The terrain slopes gently from the northwest to the southeast.
Special Local Products:melon, nectarine, plum, apricot, Guangtang sesame flake