Attractions

Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Kāifēng

Temple of the Chief Minister

First founded in AD 555, this frequently rebuilt temple vanished along with Kāifēng in the early 1640s, when rebels breached the Yellow River’s dykes. During the Northern Song, the temple covered a massive 34 hectar…
Buddhist Pagoda in Kāifēng

Pó Pagoda

This stumpy pagoda is the oldest Buddhist structure in Kāifēng (from 974), originally a nine-storey hexagonal building, typical of the Northern Song style. The pagoda is clad in tiles decorated with 108 different Bu…
Park in Kāifēng

Lóngtíng Park

Site of the former imperial palace, this park is mostly gardens and a lake, into which hardy swimmers plunge in winter. Reached by a bridge, you can climb the namesake Dragon Pavilion (龙亭; Lóng Tíng) for a sense of …
Historic Building in Kāifēng

Shānshǎngān Guild Hall

This tiny, elaborately styled guild hall was built as a lodging and meeting place during the Qing dynasty by an association of merchants from Shānxi (山西), Shaanxi (陕西) and Gānsù (甘肃) provinces. Note the ornate carvi…
Historic Site in Kāifēng

Kāifēng Fǔ

This reconstructed site of the government offices of the Northern Song has daily theatricals commencing daily outside the gates – as the doors are thrown open costumed actors play period scenes, complete with cracki…
Park in Kāifēng

Iron Pagoda Park

Rising up within Iron Pagoda Park is a magnificent 11th-century pagoda (55m tall), a gorgeous, slender brick edifice wrapped in glazed rust-coloured tiles (hence the name); its narrow stairs are climbable for ¥35. A…
Museum in Kāifēng

Kāifēng Museum

Containing a modest collection of archaeological finds, woodblock prints and historical objects, the Kāifēng Museum is slated to move into a new home 5km west of the city in 2017. The draw for most is two notable Je…
Wall in Kāifēng

Kāifēng City Walls

Kāifēng is ringed by a relatively intact, much-restored Qing-dynasty wall, which you can climb up at various points. Today’s bastion was built on the foundations of the Song-dynasty Inner Wall (内城; Nèichéng). Encase…
Ruins in Kāifēng

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 boiler room of the Kaifeng Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital (开封中医院, Kāifēng Z…