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July 07, 2016

ZHENGZHOU: The City of Kaifeng (Memorial Temple, Qingming River Park, and Drum Tower Night Market) @TigerAirSG

July 07, 2016

ZHENGZHOU: The City of Kaifeng (Memorial Temple, Qingming River Park, and Drum Tower Night Market) @TigerAirSG




By Abigail Javellana

Zhengzhou: Henan Dishes

There is a famous Chinese saying: "Eat in Kaifeng, work in Zhengzhou, and retire in Luoyang".

Kaifeng, with a history of more than 2,700 years, was formerly known as Dongjing and served as the capital of China for 168 years. Let's explore the city in Zhengzhou, famous for it's Henan cuisine, with a variety of local specialties and snacks and sightseeing attractions like the Memorial Temple, Millenial City Park, and Drum Tower Night Market. It takes 90 minutes to drive from Zhengzhou to Kaifeng.

Henan province is known as the city of delicacies where tourists can find local favorites such as...




Zhengzhou: Henan Dishes
Carp on Noodles

A special local food in Zhengzhou created in 1930 by a famous chef in Kaifeng. The dish is a classic twist to your favorite sweet and sour fish by adding a very thin layer of fried noodles on top.

 

Zhengzhou
Kaifeng Steamed Stuffed Buns

Similar to my favorite xiao long bao, the Kaifeng version has a thicker dough. It is an imperial food served during the Northern Song Dynasty made from ground meat with its natural juices steamed inside its beautifully shaped dough.

 

Zhengzhou: Henan Dishes
Almond Tea Soup

This is a favorite local dish. Though unique to our palette, the soup has a watery, sweet almond taste. They say the soup keeps the skin supple and glowing.

It is made from lotus foot starch, almond peanuts, sesame, and rice for a creamier texture. My local friend swears by this dish. I'm guessing it is an acquired taste.

 

Zhengzhou: Henan Dishes
Mashed Sweet Potato

For dessert, we had cooked sweet potato in honey, sugar, and peanut oil. Though the sprinkles on top were distracting, the dish reminded me of a local Filipino street food I like called Kamote-Q (Deep Fried Caramelized Sweet Potato).

 

Zhengzhou: Henan Dishes
Fried Jelly

Though this dish wasn't to my liking and tasted bland, it is a local favorite made from sweet potato or green bean powder. It is then made into a jelly then pan-fried in sesame oil.

 

Drum Tower Night Market
The 1st night market in China with a history of over 1000 years. The Drum Tower Square is a popular dining market famous for it's special Kaifeng snacks and Henan dishes.

 

Drum Tower Night Market
Exciting Kaifeng delicacy like the cicada. Though I didn't have the courage to try it, I'd be happy if someone can share how it tastes like.

 

Zhengzhou
The common Chinese barbecue seasoned in herb and spices. My favorite would be the shiitake mushrooms, squid, lamb...

 

Zhengzhou
...and the seafood selection.

 

Drum Tower Night Market
For dessert, we loved the fresh fruits and yogurt fried ice cream mixed with raisins, sunflower seeds, red bean, walnuts, and sesame seeds that add that chewy and crunchy texture.

 

Drum Tower Night Market
Fried noodles.

 

Drum Tower Night Market
The popular stinky tofu that has a strong smell with a mild sour and sweet taste often served with pickled vegetables, chili, and a flavorful sauce.

 

Drum Tower Night Market
Local delicacies like the Tongzi Chicken slow-cooked in soup stock over a fire.

 

Drum Tower Night Market
We liked that there is an area where you can sit and enjoy the snacks.

 

Drum Tower Night Market 
Meanwhile, there are also stalls selling different souvenirs, popular women's wear, accessories and the like.

Tip: The night market opens all year round even during winter. :)

  

Drum Tower Night Market
The Memorial Temple of Lord Bao was built in honor of Bao Zheng, a famous official during the Northern Song Dynasty, known for having an excellent personality and fair judgment.

 

Drum Tower Night Market
Up to now, everyone in China knows the story of Lord Bao. This display of Lord Bao is made from bronze and copper.

 

Drum Tower Night Market
The small temple is in Song-style architecture and filled with historical relics, books, calligraphy, and statues that reflect Bao Zheng's incorruptible moral character.

 

Drum Tower Night Market
Most of the followers who pay tribute to the temple are those who have been through misfortune and are unable to seek justice.

  

Zhengzhou
Millenium City Park is the largest reproduced theme park that lets you experience the Song Dynasty culture.

 

Zhengzhou
The whole theme park is one of the ten most renowned paintings of China by Zhang Zeduan brought to life.

 

Zhengzhou
The theme park is full of tea houses, Chinese paintings, artworks, and handcrafted items.

 

Zhengzhou
Live drama and performances about the folks and culture during the Song Dynasty.

 

Zhengzhou
Our favorite was the fire eating and breathing stunt performed near the square.

 

Zhengzhou
Don't miss the amazing stunt moves by kids with bending body performance, stunts using deadly ancient weapons, and more.

 

Zhengzhou
If you're brave enough, you could even volunteer like this guy!

 

Zhengzhou
You can even take a photo in Song dynasty traditional wear as a souvenir.

 

Zhengzhou
Qi Sheng Qiao is a tourism strip constructed for leisure, dining, and shopping beside the busy Millennial City theme park.

 

Zhengzhou
Overall, my favorite attraction would be the Drum Tower for its fascinating history and delicious snacks! It's a foodie wonderland for those who want to try local cuisine. I wasn't a fan of the Millenial City Park and found it commercialized.

 

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Live an Awesome Life,

Abi of Team Our Awesome Planet

Disclosure: Our experience was courtesy of Tiger AirwaysWe wrote this article with our biases, opinions, and insights 

P.S. Explore historical Zhengzhou and Henan province with Tigerair's latest flights from Singapore-Zhengzhou.

Our flight from the Philippines to Zhengzhou was made convenient with the tiger connect transfer service within Singapore Changi Airport's transit area without the need to clear arrival.

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Service is weekly and operates every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.

 




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