Former Site of Kāifēng Synagogue
Sadly, nothing remains of the synagogue – finally swept away in mid-19th century floodwaters – except a well with an iron lid in the...
Kāifēng Institute for Research on the History of Chinese Jews
The Kaifeng Institute for Research on the History of Chinese Jews here has detailed information about history of Jewish people in the...
Popular with Chinese tour groups, this reconstructed site of the government offices of the Northern Song next to Baogong Lake has daily...
Gǔlóu Night Market
Kāifēng’s bustling night market has been touristified. While the food is the same, it's now all faux antique tables and benches, and...
Pota Xijie · interesting places nearby
Pó Pagoda information
This stumpy pagoda is the oldest Buddhist structure in Kāifēng (from 974). The original was a nine-storey hexagonal building, typical of the Northern Song style. The pagoda is clad in tiles decorated with 108 different Buddha images – note that all the Buddhas on the lower levels have had their faces smashed off. The pagoda is all that survives of Tiānqīng Temple (天清寺; Tiānqīng Sì), but worshippers still flock here to burn incense and pray. The Pó Pagoda Temple Fair is held here in April.
You'll find the pagoda hidden down alleyways east of the train station. Cross southward over the railway tracks from Tielubeiyan Jie and take the first alleyway on your left. From here follow the red arrows spray-painted on the walls. Bus 15 gets relatively close; ask the driver to let you off at the right stop, or grab a taxi.