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He’nan

Henan, what literally means ‘south of the river’, lies south of the Yellow River in the eastern center of China and is one of the most populous provinces. It is often called the “Cradle of Chinese Civilization” as somewhere along the Yellow River the first Chinese settlements took root. 
The cities Zhengzhou, Luoyang and Kaifeng each reigned as capital cities for different dynasties and despite of the turbulent Yellow River especially Kaifeng could keep some of it’s old architecture and outside wall. 

Also two of the most important sites for Buddhism are located in Henan: the Longmen Grottoes in Luoyang with over one hundred thousand Buddha figures and Songshan Mountain’s famous Shaolin Temple, the origin of Chinese Kung Fu.


Luoyang

Luoyang lies in the "centre of the loess" near to the south of the Yellow River in Henan province. For several centuries, Luoyang was the center of China, a major cradle of Chinese civilization
Luoyang has Longmen Grottoes, one of the 4 most famous Buddhist grottoes in China with over one hundred thousand Buddha figures in more than twenty three hundred niches carved on the hill; and Songshan Mountain's famous Shaolin Temple - the cradle of Shaolin Kung Fu and the number one Buddhist temple in China
The Six Horses Chariots Museum, a newly excavated emperors' pit where a dozen of chariots and scores of horses were found dating back to 770 BC East Zhou Dynasty. Other valuable bronze and pottery articles were available as well. The pit was discovered by the construction workers recently when they built the city center square.


Shirengou Mountain

Shirengou Mountain located in Lushan County, Pingdingshan City West, the scenic area of 55 square kilometers, Funiu Mountain is located. Yuhuang Ding peak of 2153.1 meters above sea level. It scenery varied throughout the year, known as ""the 36 spots, 72 spots"", as the Best Tourist Attraction in Henan Province. Shirengou mountain peaks peculiar, many waterfalls, lush forests and hot springs fine, gentle landscape, brilliant sets. Expert commentary is the risk of Huashan, Emei‘s Island, the beauty of Zhangjiajie. Huangshan show. Story ancient imperial Shirengou Hill, according to legend, originated as Liu, Yao Sun tired of the Dead Liu Yao temple this legislation named. Warring States, great thinkers, social activists Mocius come to earth in Story, Mozi serve existing sites.
Hill is located in the Central Plains Shirengou, geographic conditions and close Jiaoqitielu, State Road 311, 207 through scenic traffic convenience Shirengou Mountain total area of 268 square kilometers. District of Qifeng, lost, flowers, Hongye, cliff, spa, lake, clouds, forests, rare birds and animals and Humanities visual integrity of the scenic system. has been named the landscape 240 multiple. 60-200 meters high waterf-all is 17, 200-300-meter-high stone pillars 40 multiple and sculptures, the generals stone, tall rock, sisters-white cattle City, the Tongtian River, nine cataracts, the gates of hell, TIANMENSHAN reported Hillsborough, monkeys worship Guanyin, the pilgrims Ling, Gusao stones, Jinshan throughout Central scenic attractions. Landscapes with a capacity of up to more than 700 million cubic meters of large artificial lake-known Pinghu Zhao Lin Biao underground military command center, capable of treating various diseases spa group, it is still close to Asia‘s largest aviation exhibition hall.


Lord Bao Memorial Temple

Lord Bao Memorial Temple is located in Baohe Park just southwest of the city center. It was initially built in 1066 in memory of Baozheng, a famous upright officer during the Northern Song Dynasty (960 - 1127).
Lord Bao Memorial Temple is a typical ancient architectural complex with style imitating that of the Song Dynasty. Covering an area of one hectare, it mainly consists of Entrance Gate, the Second Gate, the Stele Pavilion, the Main Hall, the Second Hall and the east and west exhibition rooms. 

In the main hall, a bronze statue of Lord Bao, which is three meters in height and 2.5 tons in weight, is displayed. With his hat and waist 
band on, Baozheng sits upright. One of his hands placed on the chair with the other clenched.In the second hall, the historical materials and classic books about Lord Bao, the poems made by Lord Bao, monument inscription, and "Kaifeng Residence and Office monument inscription" are exhibited. 
The eastern and western halls, using some pictures and essays, show visitors many stories and tales about Lord Bao.


Shaolin Temple

Shaolin Temple is known as the "Zen center of Buddhism in the world", and won the fame of "the First Ancient Temple"  in Tang Dynasty.

Shao Lin Temple is famous for two reasons: Zen and Chinese KungFu. Zen is an important branch of Buddhism. It mingles Chinese native religion and Confucian thought. It has profound effects on Chinese culture. Zen means calmness and a life without desires. It advocates to deal with everything with a quiet attitude.

Chinese Kung Fu is the second reason which makes Shao Lin Temple well known in the world. China is the hometown of Kung Fu, which has a history of over 2,000 years. During the long period of development, Chinese Kung Fu has fallen into two branches: the north branch and the south branch.  Shao Lin Kung Fu is recognized as the authentic Kung Fu.