Zhengzhou, why are you so charming? 郑州,为何如此迷人?

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Zhengzhou, why are you so charming?来自WhereZhengzhou00:0011:06

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Zhengzhou, the capital of the Shang Dynasty.


Zhengzhou, a pearl of the Central Plains.


Zhengzhou, a rising star in the high-quality development of the manufacturing industry.


Zhengzhou, an easily accessible national central city.


Zhengzhou, a treasure combining traditional culture and modern culture.


For centuries Zhengzhou has been a fascinating land that attracted numerous heroes and literati to visit and explore. Today, modern Zhengzhou with its rich cultural deposits remains a charming city attractive to excellent persons. What's so magic about it? Maybe you can find some clues from the following introduction of Zhengzhou’s regional development, city positioning and characteristics.





Key words: modern, wealth

Zhengzhou Twin Towers, near the Zhengzhou East Railway Station, are located in the center of Zhengzhou, showing the image of the city. The city's openness and inclusiveness are defined by its well-laid lines.


Photo: Zhou Changjian

The design of "Big Corn" in Zhengzhou's Millennium Royal Plaza was inspired by the Songyue Temple Pagoda, the oldest surviving brick pagoda in China. When night falls, the light show here always makes you feel the enthusiasm of Zhengzhou.


Photo: Wang Xiuqing

Huiyi Zone, famous for the first giant hyperboloidal ceiling screen in central China, integrates theater, hotel, catering, retail, beauty, education and so on. Known as "Zhengzhou's Version of Sanlitun", it is a gathering place for hipsters and a new landmark for a night out with diverse consumption styles.


Photo: Ma Jian

Every building and block in Zhengdong New District looks modern.


As a new urban district in Zhengzhou, Zhengdong New District won the first "Outstanding Urban Planning and Design Award" in China at the 2002 annual conference of the World Federation of Architects for its conceptual plan.


In 2018, Zhengdong New District was awarded the "Most Influential Financial Demonstration Zone" at the 13th Beijing International Finance Expo, which is honored as "No.1 Finance Expo in China".


Photo: Ma Jian

In 2020, the full progress of Longhu Financial Island will make Zhengdong New District a front-runner in wealth accumulation and financial services in China.





Key words: industry, culture 

In the memory of Zhengzhou people, the "western suburb" is the cradle of Zhengzhou's industrial civilization. It embraces a number of cotton mills, and large industrial enterprises including Zhengzhou No. 2 Grinding Wheel Factory, Zhengzhou Coal Mining Machinery Group Co., Ltd., Zhengzhou Cable Factory, and Zhengzhou Printing and Dyeing Mill. 


Photo: Liao Qian

From the founding of the People's Republic of China to the 1990s, these enterprises, like shining pearls, had been the backbone of Zhengzhou's industry, shining the dazzling light of "made in Zhengzhou" to the world.


As a leader in Zhengzhou industry, Zhengzhou No. 2 Grinding Wheel Factory was a key enterprise specializing in abrasives and grinding machines directly under the former Ministry of Machine-Building Industry. It was also the country's largest, most invested and most extensive grinding wheel factory in Zhengzhou. 


With the passing of time, Zhengzhou No. 2 Grinding Wheel Factory is not what it used to be. However, the tall chimneys, static Bauhaus factories, thousands of ancient oriental planes, cypress trees, poplars and magnolia trees are all telling the industrial glory of Zhengzhou for more than half a century, making the site possible to be transformed into a characteristic cultural and creative park.


Its rich industrial and cultural heritage has attracted world attention again and again. According to statistics, there are 20 well-preserved industrial buildings in the former site of the factory, among which 7 were listed as outstanding modern historical sites of Henan Province in 2015, and 13 were included in the first list of historic buildings under the protection of Zhengzhou City in 2018. In October 2019, the State Council approved and announced the eighth batch of national cultural heritage sites, including the site of Zhengzhou No. 2 Grinding Wheel Factory.


As one of the construction projects of "four historical and cultural areas" in Zhengzhou, the Cultural and Creative Park of Zhengzhou No. 2 Grinding Wheel Factory, with its focuses on the overall transformation of the main factory building of the former site, will build itself into a "new culture hub, new industry model and brand-new card" of Zhengzhou with the most distinctive and valuable industrial elements retained, so as to drive the optimization and upgrading of the cultural and creative industry in Zhengzhou. The project plans to build a high-end urban platform integrating art, creativity, technology and fashion experience through the establishment of a variety of formats such as industrial future Rubik's cube, Museum of Science & Industry and cultural and creative characteristic urban blocks.





Key words: traffic, logistics

A few days ago, a 20,000-ton bridge rotated counterclockwise at an average speed of one degree per minute as four consecutive jacks started simultaneously at the construction site of the swing bridge on Yingbin Avenue in Zhengzhou Airport Economy Zone. After 77 minutes of rotation, it smoothly crossed over the intercity railway from Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport to Zhengzhou South Railway Station, which means that the key project of the central axis in the Zhengzhou Airport Economy Zone has been successfully completed.


Zhengzhou Yingbin Avenue is the only express route from Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport to Zhengzhou South Railway Station. This 2-way 8-lane expressway with a design speed of 80km/h runs through the core area of Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport with a total length of about 11 kilometers. With the completion of swing construction of the last swing bridge across the railway section, the expressway connecting Xinzheng Airport and Zhengzhou South Railway Station has been successfully linked up. This is of great significance for promoting the integration of international air transport network, asterisk-shaped high-speed railway network and rail transit network in Zhengzhou Airport Economy Zone, and also marks the formation of an international logistics hub "connecting Zhengzhou with the world, linking eastern, central and western parts of China" at a faster pace in the zone.


Photo: Ma Guoliang

Next, let's talk about the Zhengzhou South Railway Station. As the third large-scale comprehensive passenger transport hub in Zhengzhou, Zhengzhou South Railway Station will form a "golden triangle" with Zhengzhou Railway Station and Zhengzhou East Railway Station, connecting the asterisk-shaped rapid rail transit network with the inter-city railway network of Central Plains City Cluster. It is the starting station of Zhengzhou-Fuyang High-speed Railway, the intermediate station of Zhengzhou-Chongqing High-speed Railway, and the central station and transfer station of intercity railway in Central Plains City Cluster. 


Photo: Ma Jian

Zhengzhou was included in the national logistics hub list in 2019. National logistics hubs cover 6 types: land port, airport, port, production service, trade service, and land border port. Zhengzhou is the only airport-type national logistics hub on the list. Relying mainly on the airline hub, it provides fast and efficient logistics services such as direct domestic and international air transport, transit and distribution, as well as combined transport services such as air-rail and highway-air for Zhengzhou Airport Economy Zone and its radiating areas. 


Logistics will play a key part in the development of South Zhengzhou.





Key words: landscape, livable

The mighty Yellow River has nourished the Chinese civilization for five thousand years.


Henan is one of the cradles of Chinese civilization. The 106-meter statue of Emperors Yan and Huang was carved from Mangshan Mountain.


Photo: Liu Yuping

The water of Yingze ripples eternally. Xingyang is an ancient city that started in the Spring and Autumn Period and flourished in the Qin and Han dynasties. Today we still have access to its foundations, rammed earth terraces and ancient walls.


The Zhengzhou section of Tongji Canal in the Grand Canal of the Sui and Tang dynasties runs through the Huiji District. Huiji Bridge, a three-hole stone arch bridge on the old canal course, was built in the Sui Dynasty, continued in the Song and Yuan dynasties, and rebuilt in the Ming Dynasty. This is where the name of Huiji District comes from.


"The picturesque Huiji District" is a pet name for the northern part of Zhengzhou. In Huiji District of over 230 square kilometers, there are 17 municipal cultural heritage sites, 182 immovable cultural relics, and more than 30,000 clues of intangible cultural heritage. Today's Huiji District boasts beautiful natural scenery and rich cultural resources. It has made clear the development goal of "eco-city, tourist city, healthy city and tech city", and is also known as "the most livable city in the north of Zhengzhou".





Key words:  business, history

The Erqi Square is "lively", "crowded" and "prosperous", which is the first impression left on people. In the eyes of old Zhengzhou people, Erqi Square is truly the "center of Zhengzhou", with a sense of history and modernity.


Along Dehua Street with a history of more than 100 years, time-honored brands are standing next to each other, presenting diverse cultures such as street art, cultural and creative markets and studio theaters, and showing the "easy life" of Zhengzhou people. It is the epitome of old Zhengzhou and the window into Central Plains culture. 


Photo: Ma Jian

Modern buildings of different shapes stand in the Erqi Business District. Department stores and shopping centers gather here. All of them are shopping paradises and fashion resorts.


In the 1990s, the internationally well-known commercial war in the Central Plains was the first commercial war in the history of China, which brought the Erqi Business District under the spotlight since its birth. Erqi Business District sees the urban development of Zhengzhou.


In 2020, it was proposed in the work report of the Zhengzhou government that Erqi Square should be built into "the spiritual home of Zhengzhou people, the consumption center of Henan Province and a model of urban rejuvenation in China". The renovation and improvement plan of Erqi Business District will be released soon. The space will be rearranged and new cultural commercial forms such as city light show, shopping street and city day will be introduced.


With historical profundity, cultural roots and business genetics, Erqi Business District carries the hope of Zhengzhou's business center, and will become a tourist center and a historical and cultural center of Zhengzhou.