Attractively situated on the west shore of Bāogōng Lake.
The modest Taoist Yánqìng Temple dates to 1233. The intriguingly shaped Tower of the Jade Emperor , repeatedly buried during the floods,...
South is Kāifēng's main Muslim district, whose landmark place of worship is this Chinese temple–styled mosque. Streets here have...
Dìyīlóu Bāozi Guǎn
Famed for its bāozi (包子; meat-filled buns), this cavernous Kaīfēng institution at the centre of town has been in business for years....
Lonely Planet review
Kāifēng's steaming, bustling and bellowing night market is a brilliant performance, especially at weekends. Join the scrum weaving between stalls busy with red-faced popcorn sellers and hollering Hui Muslim chefs cooking up kebabs and náng bread. There are also loads of rowdy vendors, from whom you can buy shāo bǐng (sesame-seed cakes), cured meats, chòu gānzi (臭干子; dry strips of tofu), hearty jiānbǐng guǒzi (煎饼裹子; pancake with chopped onions), sweet potatoes, crab kebabs, lamb kebabs, roast rabbit, lobster, xiǎolóngbāo (Shànghǎi-style dumplings), sugar-coated pears, peanut cake, Thai scented cakes and throwaway cups of sugar-cane juice. Also look out for yángròu kàngmó (羊肉炕馍; lamb in a parcel of bread), a local Kāifēng Muslim speciality. Or opt for yángròu chuàn (羊肉串; lamb kebabs) and ask the chef to stuff them into some shāobǐng (bread). The adventurous might slurp yāxiě tāng (鸭血汤; duck-blood soup) or try a yángyǎnchuàn (羊眼串; sheep's-eye kebab).
Among the flames jetting from ovens and clouds of steam slave vocal vendors of xìngrén chá (杏仁茶; almond tea), a sugary paste made from boiling water thickened with powdered almond, red berries, peanuts, sesame seeds and crystallised cherries. A bowl costs a mere Y4 or so. Two to three bowls constitute a (very sweet) meal. Xìngrén chá stalls stand out for their unique red pompom–adorned, dragon-spouted copper kettles. Also set out to sample ròuhé (肉合), a local snack of fried vegetables and pork or mutton in flat bread; there's also a good vegie version. Join the locals at one of the rickety tables. The market slowly peters out into stalls selling clothes, toys and books.