|— Prefecture-level city —|
|Motto: Partnership, Openness, Innovation, and Harmony (博大、开放、创新、和谐)|
|Country||People's Republic of China|
|• Mayor||Ma Yi|
|• Prefecture-level city||7,507 km2 (2,898 sq mi)|
|• Urban||1,024 km2 (395 sq mi)|
|• Metro||1,979 km2 (764 sq mi)|
|Population (2010 census)|
|• Prefecture-level city||8,626,505|
|• Density||1,100/km2 ( 3,000/sq mi)|
|• Urban density||3,100/km2 ( 7,900/sq mi)|
|• Metro density||2,000/km2 ( 5,200/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC (UTC+8)|
|License plate prefixes||豫A|
Zhengzhou (Chinese: 郑州; pinyin: Zhèngzhōu; Mandarin pronunciation: [tʂɤ̂ŋtʂóu̯]; Postal map spelling: Chengchow) is the capital and largest city of Henan province in north-central China. A prefecture-level city, it also serves as the political, economic, technological, and educational centre of the province, as well as a major transportation hub for Central China. The city lies on the southern bank of the Yellow River, and is one of the Eight Great Ancient Capitals of China.
With 8,626,505 inhabitants according to the 2010 census and 3,980,250 in its built-up area (6 urban districts + 5 City + 1 County), the city is one of the main built up areas of Henan region. Zhengzhou is now a rapidly growing city.
The Shang Dynasty established Aodu (隞都) or Bodu (亳都) in Zhengzhou. This pre-historical city had been long lost even before the time of the First Emperor of China. Since 1950 archaeological finds in a walled city in Eastern Zhengzhou known have provided evidence of Neolithic Shang Dynasty settlements in the area. Outside this city, in addition to remains of large public buildings, a complex of small settlements has been discovered. The site is generally identified with the Shang capital of Ao. It is preserved in the Shang Dynasty Ruins monument in Guanchen District. The Shang, who continually moved their capital due to frequent natural disasters, left Ao at around 13th century BC. The site, nevertheless, remained occupied; Zhou (post-1050 BC) tombs have also been discovered. Traditionally it is held that in the Western Zhou period (1111–771 BC) it became the fief of a family named Guan. From this derives the name borne by the county (xian) since the late 6th century BC — Guancheng (City of the Guan). The city first became the seat of a prefectural administration in AD 587, when it was named Guanzhou. In 605 it was first called Zhengzhou — a name by which it has been known virtually ever since.
The name Zhengzhou came from the Sui Dynasty (AD 581), even though it was located in Chenggao, another town. The government moved to the contemporary city during the Tang Dynasty. It achieved its greatest importance under the Sui (AD 581–618), Tang (618–907), and early Song (960–1127) dynasties, when it was the terminus of the New Bian Canal, which joined the Yellow River to the northwest. There, at a place called Heyin, a vast granary complex was established to supply the capitals at Luoyang and Chang'an to the west and the frontier armies to the north. In the Song period, however, the transfer of the capital eastward to Kaifeng robbed Zhengzhou of much of its importance. It was a capital during the five dynasties of Xia, Shang, Guan, Zheng, and Han, and a prefecture during the eight dynasties of Sui, Tang, Five Dynasties, Song, Jin, Yuan, Ming, and Qing.
In 1903 the Beijing–Hankou Railway arrived at Zhengzhou, and in 1909 the first stage of the Longhai Railway gave it an east–west link to Kaifeng and Luoyang; it later was extended eastward to the coast at Lianyungang, Jiangsu, and westward to Xi'an (Chang'an), Shaanxi, as well as to western Shaanxi. Zhengzhou thus became a major rail junction and a regional center for cotton, grain, peanuts, and other agricultural produce. Early in 1923 a workers' strike began in Zhengzhou and spread along the rail line before it was suppressed; a 14-story double tower in the center of the city commemorates the strike. On June 10, 1938, Chiang Kai-shek's National Revolutionary Army opened up the dikes retaining the Yellow River between Zhengzhou and Kaifeng, in an effort to stem the tide of invading Japanese; however, the ensuing flood also killed hundreds of thousands of Chinese.
Zhengzhou also has a locomotive and rolling-stock repair plant, a tractor-assembly plant, and a thermal generating station. The city's industrial growth has resulted in a large increase in the population, coming predominantly from industrial workers from the north. A water diversion project and pumping station, built in 1972, has provided irrigation for the surrounding countryside. The city has an agricultural university.
Administration and Demography 
Zhengzhou is divided into 6 urban districts, 5 county-level cities and 1 county. These subdivisions are likely to undergo a significant change in the near future due to rapid urban expansion and urban planning.
The municipality is home to 8,626,505 inhabitants (2010 census) and 3,980,250 in its built up area (6 urban districts + Xingyang City), making the city one of the main built-up areas of the province.
|— Urban districts —|
|—County and County-level cities —|
Located just north of the province's centre and south of the Yellow River, Zhengzhou borders Luoyang to the west, Jiaozuo to the northwest, Xinxiang to the northeast, Kaifeng to the east, Xuchang to the southeast, and Pingdingshan to the southwest. With the land within its administrative borders generally sloping down from west to east, Zhengzhou is situated at the transitional zone between the North China Plain to the east and the Song Mountains and Xionger Mountains to the west, which are part of the greater Qinling range. The city centre is situated to the south of the middle reach of the Yellow River, where its valley broadens into the great plain. Zhengzhou is at the crossing point of the north–south route skirting the Taihang Mountains and the mountains of western Henan. The prefecture spans 34° 16' ~ 34° 58 N latitude and 112° 42' ~ 114° 14' E longitude, covering a total area of 7,446.2 square kilometres (2,875.0 sq mi), including the metropolitan area, which covers 1,013.3 km2 (391.2 sq mi), and the city centre, which occupies 147.7 square kilometres (57.0 sq mi).
The section of the Yellow River flowing through the prefecture extends 150.4 km (93.5 mi). Mountains loom over the western counties of Gongyi and Dengfeng while the easternmost county of Zhongmou is a vast, fertile floodplain, with the counties in between being hilly transitions.
Zhengzhou experiences a monsoon-influenced, four-season humid subtropical climate (Köppen climate classification Cwa), with cool, dry winters and hot, humid summers. Spring and autumn are dry and somewhat abbreviated transition periods. The city has an annual mean temperature of 14.35 °C (57.8 °F), with the monthly 24-hour average temperature ranging from 0.1 °C (32.2 °F) in January to 27.0 °C (80.6 °F) in July. The frost-free period lasts on average 220 days.
Rainfall is primarily produced by the monsoonal low during summer; in winter, when the vast Siberian High dominates due to radiative cooling from further north, the area receives little precipitation. During the summer season, the city is also often affected by tropical depressions, which bring additional amounts of rain. The annual precipitation is about 630 millimetres (25 in), and there are 2,182 hours of sunshine per year, which is just under half the possible total.
|Climate data for Zhengzhou (1971−2000)|
|Average high °C (°F)||5.7
|Average low °C (°F)||−4.3
|Precipitation mm (inches)||8.8
|Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.1 mm)||3.3||4.3||6.2||6.6||6.8||7.7||11.6||9.9||8.2||6.8||5.0||3.5||79.9|
|Mean monthly sunshine hours||144.3||139.0||164.8||202.8||234.0||229.5||199.9||199.6||179.2||182.4||158.3||148.1||2,181.9|
|Percent possible sunshine||46||45||45||52||54||53||45||48||48||52||51||49||49|
|Source: China Meteorological Administration|
Main sights 
As an ancient Chinese capital and a traditional trading center, Zhengzhou maintains abundant cultural heritage that reflects its glorious history as well as the culture of Henan Province. Zhengzhou Confucius Temple, initially built in the Eastern Han Dynasty 1,900 years ago, is one of the oldest Confucius Temples in China. Other important architectural heritage in the city includes the Remains of the Shang Dynasty, Town God Temple, and Erqi Memorial Tower. There are the remains of the Shang Dynasty capital city (3,600 years ago) in Zhengzhou's east side located around Shangcheng lu (商城路).
The best known tourist attraction is the Shaolin Temple (少林寺), which is more than 50 miles southwest of downtown Zhengzhou. The Shaolin Temple is not only known as one of China's important Buddhist shrines, but also as the ancient center of Chinese Kung-fu.
Zhengzhou's most notable cultural institution is the Henan Museum (河南省博物院), one of China's most important museums which includes exhibits from prehistoric times, including dinosaur fossils, prehistoric human remains, up through the Modern Eras.
Other attractions of Zhengzhou include
- the Song Mountain (Song Shan, now is a World Geopark where Shaolin Temple is located, also recognised by UNESCO)
- the Yellow River
- the birthplace of Huangdi, recognized as the ancestor of Chinese people.
- Shaolin Monastery, a Buddhist Monastery
- Henan opera
- Zhongyuan Tower
Zhengzhou, along with Xi'an, Chengdu, Chongqing and Wuhan, is one of the most important cities in inland China. It is the second largest city in central China, after Wuhan. It is the economic center of the province and the surrounding areas such as southeastern Shanxi and southwestern Shandong. Due to its strategic location in one of the most populous areas in the world (nearly 100 million people in Henan alone) and in China's railway, road and aviation transport networks, Zhengzhou is increasingly attracting domestic and international investment as well as migrants from other areas, transforming the city into one of the largest economic centers in China. GDP per capita of Zhengzhou was RMB40,398 in 2008.
By the end of 2006, Zhengzhou had a total population of over 7 million, of which 2.88 million lived in rural areas. Its main products include apples, paulownia, tobacco, maize, cotton, and wheat. In addition, Zhengzhou also produces Yellow River carp, Zhengzhou watermelons, Xinzheng jujube, [Xingyang] dried persimmons, Guangwu Pomegranate and Zhongmu garlic, all of which are specialties that are rarely found outside the region.
Mining and Manufacturing 
Zhengzhou and the surrounding area have large reserves of coal and other minerals. Coal mining and electricity generation are traditionally important in the local economy.
Zhengzhou has been one of the major industrial cities in The People's Republic of China since 1949. The city's staple industry is textiles. Others manufactured items include tractors, locomotives, cigarettes, fertilizer, processed meats, agricultural machinery, and electrical equipment. Some high-tech companies in new material, electronics and biotechnology are also growing rapidly during the recently years, especially in the high-tech industrial park in the northwest of the city.
- Yutong, China's largest bus producer.
- Shaolin Bus, a famous small-to-medium-sized bus producer.
- Zhengzhou Nissan, a subsidiary of Dongfeng Nissan, specializing in the manufacture of SUVs and pickup trucks. In 2010, Nissan opened its second plant in the city.
- Zhengzhou Unique Industrial Equipment Co., Ltd., a large tractor and agricultural equipment manufacturer.
The service industries of Zhengzhou include retail, wholesale, hospitality, finance, exhibition, transport and delivery, tourism, and education. With a number of domestic and international institutions having regional offices in the city, Zhengzhou is becoming the financial center in central China. Zhengzhou Commodity Exchange (ZCE) is one of the only three future exchanges (inc. Shanghai Future Exchange and Dalian Commodity Exchange) in China and is becoming an important global player specialised in agricultural future exchange. Equipped with newly built facilities such as Zhengzhou International Conference and Exhibition Center. Third party logistics (3PL) in Zhengzhou has also been experiencing industrial boom during the past few years. As a transit and tourist center of Henan Province and central China, Zhengzhou is the center of Henan cuisine.
- Dennis, a regional retail chain.
- Henan Construction, a large real estate developer, which owns one of the China Super League's soccer clubs.
Economic Development Zones 
The Zhengdong New Area, also known as Zhengzhou Eastern New District, similar to Hangzhou Bay New Area in Ningbo and Hengqin New Area in Zhuhai, is just one of dozens of major economic zones that are currently developing in various regions of China.
The provincial and municipal governments established and developed Zhengdong New Area, Mr. Kisho Kurokawa, a Japanese world-renowned planner and architect, was appointed to design the overall planning scheme for Zhengdong New Area. He brought in advanced ideas including ecological city, co-existing city, metabolic city and ring city ideas. The scheme won the "Prominent Award for City Planning Design" at the first session of Annual Meeting of the World Architects Alliance in 2002.
Industrial Zones 
- Zhengzhou New & Hi-Tech Industries Development Zone
Zhengzhou High & New Technology Industries Development Zone was established in 1988, and approved by the state Council of PRC to be a state development zone on Mar.6,1991. It was appraised to be advanced high tech zone of China respectively in 1993, 1998 and 2002. The Zone currently covers a total area of 18.6 square kilometers. An extension plan was approved by Zhengzhou Municipal Government, the various construction work started in 2004. Under the development strategy of “multiple parks in one zone”, the Zone has been making great efforts to promote the development of software,information technologies, new materials, bio-pharmaceutical and photo-machinery-electronic industries.
- Zhengzhou Economic and Technological Development Zone
Zhengzhou Economic and Technological Development Zone was approved as state-level development zone on February 13, 2000. The zone has a developed area of 7 square kilometers. Industries encouraged include Electronics Assembly & Manufacturing, Telecommunications Equipment, Trading and Distribution, Biotechnology/Pharmaceuticals, Instruments & Industrial Equipment Production, Medical Equipment and Supplies, Shipping/Warehousing/Logistics and Heavy Industry.
- Zhengzhou Export Processing Area
Zhengzhou (Henan) Export Processing Zone was established on June 21, 2002 with approval by the state council. Its planned area is 2.7 square kilometers. Zone A is located in Zhengzhou National Economic & technological Development Area and began to operate on June 1, 2004. The area of land developed is 0.893 square kilometers at present. Zone B is located in Zhengzhou Airport Area and is adjacent to Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport on the north and it covers a planned area of 5 square kilometers with bonded logistics zone, bonded processing zone and supporting industry zone, etc.
Zhengzhou, where the Longhai railway (east-west) meets the Jingguang railway (north-south), is a major railway hub in China. Nearly all trains on routes to Beijing, Shanghai and Xi'an pass through Zhengzhou. It is officially recognized as one of the eight major railway centers by the Ministry of Railway of China. Zhengzhou is easy to reach from Beijing (between 5–8 hours) and Shanghai (6–14 hours) by train. Journeys to Xi'an North Station using the Zhengzhou-Xi'an high-speed rail line are possible in approximately two hours.
In the new national high-speed railway network under construction, two most important lines -- Jingguang (Beijing to Guangzhou), Xulan (Xuzhou to Lanzhou, extended to Shanghai and Urumuqi) intersect in Zhengzhou, which guarantees the city a strategic transport advantage for the future. When completed, the high-speed railway network will provide fast train service from the city to Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing, Xi'an and Wuhan at a speed of 350 km/h. The new high-speed railway station (the New Zhengzhou Station), as one of the largest in Asia, is under construction in Zhengdong New Area.
The surrounding area of Zhengzhou, along with Yangtze Delta (Shanghai), Pearl River Delta (Hong Kong-Guangzhou) and Beijing Metropolitan area, has the highest highway density in China. Zhengzhou is the center of Henan highway network that provides roughly one hour road trip to the surrounding cities of Kaifeng, Xinxiang, Xuchang, Jiaozuo and Luoyang. Other major cities within the province can be reached in 3 hours. National highway network also links Zhengzhou to all major cities in China.
The first project of Zhengzhou Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) System was completed in 2009, which provides a 30 km long circle line (B1) along the Second Ring Road in the city. The BRT B1 buses run on exclusive lanes at both clockwise and anti-clockwise directions. There are branch BRT routes (B11 to B19) linking B1 route and other important part of the city.
Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport is 37 km southeast of the city centre.
The plans of Zhengzhou Metro lines 1 and 2 were approved by the National Development and Reform Commission in Feb. 2009. Zhengzhou Subway will be a rapid transit rail network that serves both the urban and suburban districts of Zhengzhou municipality. As planned, those two projects will start from 2009 and will be finished in 2013 and 2015 respectively. Also as referenced in the long term plan, there are another 4 lines pending approval, Line 3 and Line 4 will be under construction during 2015-2020 and will be in operation by 2020, project on Line 5 and Line 6 will begin since 2020.
Colleges and universities 
- Zhengzhou University (郑州大学)
- Henan Agricultural University (河南农业大学)
- Henan University of Technology (河南工业大学 formerly Zhengzhou Institute of Technology)
- Henan University of Finance and Economics （河南财经学院）
- Zhongyuan Institute of Technology (中原工学院)
- Zhengzhou University of Light Industry (郑州轻工业学院)
- Zhengzhou Institute of Aeronautical Industry Management (郑州航空工业管理学院)
- North China Institute of Water Conservancy and Hydroelectric Power (华北水利水电学院)
- Henan University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (河南中医学院)
- Henan Textile University (河南纺织专科学校)
- Henan Normal University (河南师范大学)
- Zhengzhou College of Economics (郑州经济专修学院)
- Huanghe S&T University (黄河科技学院)
- Sias International University (郑州大学西亚斯国际学院)
- Shengda Economics, Trade and Management College of Zhengzhou (郑州升达经贸管理学院)
Notable people 
- Bai Juyi (772 – 846), Tang Dynasty poet.
- Deng Yaping (1973 – ), a four-time table tennis Olympic champion.
- Du Fu (712—770), Tang Dynasty poet, born in Gongyi (now in Zhengzhou).
- Wei Wei (1920—2008), a modern era writer.
The current mayor is Wu Tianjun ( wutianjun) from February 2006.
List of the CPC Party Chiefs of Zhengzhou:
- Gu Jingsheng (谷景生): October 1948-December 1948
- Wu Defeng (吴德蜂): December 1948-June 1949
- Zhao Wucheng (赵武成): June 1949 - April 1953
- Song Zhihe (宋致和): April 1953-August 1956
- Wang Lizhi (王黎之): August 1956-January 1968
- Wang Hui (王辉): March 1971-January 1974
- Zhang Junqing (张俊卿): January 1974-December 1977
- Yu Yichuan (于一川): December 1977-December 1979
- Li Baoguang (李保光): December 1979-May 1983
- Jiang Jinfei (蒋靳非): May 1983-September 1984
- Yao Minxue (姚敏学): September 1984-August 1987
- Cao Lei (曹磊): August 1987-July 1990
- Song Guochen (宋国臣): July 1990-May 1992
- Zhang Deguang (张德广): May 1992-December 1995
- Wang Youjie (王有杰): December 1995-June 2001
- Li Ke (李克): June 2001-
Twin towns — Sister cities 
Zhengzhou is twinned with:
- Jinju, South Gyeongsang, South Korea
- Saitama City, Japan
- Richmond, Virginia, United States
- Samara, Russia
- Schwerin, Germany
- Shumen, Bulgaria
- Cluj-Napoca, Romania
- Irbid, Jordan
- Joinville, Brazil
- Campo Grande, Brazil
- Mariental, Namibia
- Naples, Italy
- Namur, Belgium
See also 
- "郑州市情" (in zh-hans). 商都网. 2009年05月25日.
- Supersized cities: China’s 13 megalopolises
- "隞都郑州与郑州小双桥遗址" (in zh-hans).
- Epstein, Israel (2005). History Should Not Be Forgotten. China Intercontinental Press. p. 70. ISBN 7-5085-0694-4.
- 经书威、郑州市地方史志办公室 (2002). 《郑州大辞典》. 中州古籍出版社. ISBN 7-5348-1822-2, 9787534818226 Check
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- "郑州GDP4000亿意味着什么" (in zh-hans). CNTV. 2011年03月24日.
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- Henan Shaolin Auto Co., Ltd.
- "Zhengzhou New Area". Retrieved 1 Nov 2009.
- RightSite.asia | Zhengzhou Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone
- RightSite.asia | Zhengzhou Economic and Technological Development Zone
- RightSite.asia | Zhengzhou Export Processing Area
- (Chinese) "郑州地铁获国务院批准 每公里成本近6亿今年开工" 河南日报大河网 Dahe.cn Feb. 13, 2009
- (Chinese) "地铁未来将出现在郑州市" 中广网 CNR.cn Feb. 13, 2009
- (Chinese) "国务院批准郑州地铁建设 6条地铁轨道线走向" 大河网 Dahe.cn Feb. 13, 2009
- (Chinese) "郑州地铁规划获国务院批准" 大河网 Dahe.cn Feb. 13, 2009
- "郑州市国际友好城市结对一览表" (in zh-hans). 郑州市外事局. 2009-03-09.
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