Attractions Overview: Kaifeng Fu in Henan
Attraction Type:Historical Relic
English Name: Kaifeng Fu
Best Time to Visit: All Year Round
Recommended Visiting Time: 2 Hours
Open Hours: 7:30-18:30 (spring, summer and Autumn); 7:30-18:00 (winter)
Admission Fee: 59 RMB / Person
Address in English: North Bank of East Lake, Baogong, Kaifeng
Address in Chinese: 开封市包公东湖北岸
Why is Kaifeng Fu So Special?
Having a long history, Kafeng Fu (Kaifeng Prefecture) is well-known both home and abroad. It was the capital and the most important prefecture of the whole country in Northern Song Dynasty. The large-scale buildings are magnificent, dignified and elegant. Physically suffered a long course of history and natural disasters, the past of Kaifeng Fu (the Yamen of Ancient Kaifeng) has become a legend with the bricks and tiles of the old houses and streets. In replacement of the decrepit houses is the restored Kaifeng Fu with more magnificence.
Where is Kaifeng Fu?
Surrounded by three lakes and opposite to the Lord Bao’s Temple on the west bank of Lord Bao’s lake, the spot here is rather magnificent and splendid. Kaifeng Fu is located at about 2.5 km from Kaifeng Railway Station.
How to Get There?
Travel with China Dragon Tours (top recommended)
If you want to get rid of hustle of transportation and troublesome navigation, you can book a private tour package which covers visiting, dining and transfer from us. Our local tour guide and driver will escort you to Kaifeng Fu with speed and convenience, and take care of all the details. You just need to focus on travel.
For independent travelers you can
By bus No.4, 19 and get off at the stop of Kaifeng Fu (开封府, Kaifeng Prefecture);
By bus No.1, 16, 20 can also arrive there.
History of Kaifeng Fu
Kaifeng Fu was built with the construction skills and style of the Northern Song Dynasty. In its central axis stands the Main Hall, the Conference Hall, the Meihua Hall; along with more than 50 palaces and halls such as, the Tianqing Temple, the Mingli Courtyard (the place to show one’s courtesy), Qianlong Courtyard, Qingxin Building, Yingwu building, the Yanbin Hall and the prison. As a theme park, it appeals to people from all walks of life by way of representing history through exhibits and live performances. So in this Park, you will have the opportunity to see the opening ceremony of the Yamun (judicial tribunal), the judging process of Lord Bao, the welcome ceremony in the martial yard, as well as acrobatics and entertainers who can blow fire or perform mask changing tricks. It is the best place to learn about the culture of the Song Dynasty and the integrity of the Lord Bao.
The Best Time to Visit Kaifeng Fu
Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to October) are the best seasons to visit Kaifeng, because of the not too hot or too cold weather during that time. If you visit in summer, it is recommended to prepare the sun scream, sunglasses and other relative items to protect from the strong UV.
Useful Travel Tips:
If for no other reason, come to Kaifeng to see the chrysanthemums and to appreciate this city’s ancient flavor. The famous Chrysanthemum Exhibition is held in Kaifeng every year from October to November. This exhibition has been held for twenty-three consecutive years. As the main venue for the exhibition, the Dragon Pavilion will become a sea of colorful chrysanthemums, and the city of Kaifeng looks its very best.
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