Yellow River Scenic Area is a national AAAA scenic area 20 kilometers away the northwest of Zhengzhou City, Henan Province, China. It borders Yellow River in the north and Mountain Dai and Mountain Guangwushan in the south. This area is covered by green trees dotted by pavilions and towers. A north view by standing on a high place shows that the Yellow River keeps running forward.
The park is composed of four parts: Wanglongfeng Scenic Spot where the Water Conservancy Project to divert the Yellow River water to Zhengzhou was built in 1972; Yueshan Temple Scenic Spot where the Zijin Tower and Iron Chain Bridge are found; Luotuo (Camel) Bridge with its 10-meter-tall statue of the Great Emperor Yu nearby, the Stele Forest of the Yellow River with some 570 pieces inscribed by famous contemporary calligraphers; Hanba Erwangcheng Scenic Spot, which is made up of East and West Guangwu cities, two royal cities built in 203 BC by Liu Bang, first Han emperor and Xiangyu, ruler of the State of Chu when the two pitted their forces against each other there.
At the foot of the hill is a statue of a mother and son with 5 meters in length and 12.5 tons in weight. And it was sculpted into a gentle mother embracing a sleepy baby which symbolizes the feeding of mother Yellow River, and also represents the great mutual affection that the river and the people of China hold. The Yueshan temple is probably the best of the sights here, within which there is a statue of the “Great Yu”, the legendary king of ancient China. Most prominent of the statues has to be the 100 meters tall statue of the emperor’s Yan and Huang, who were both believed to be of Henan origin.
In the scenic area, there is also a geological museum, where visitors can experience simulated dust storms and earthquakes. Furthermore you can also go to the Peacock Garden to have a look, where keeps relatively rare white peacocks. Located in the Yellow River, there are many small shops on cruise ships, visitors can enjoy these carp or white shrimp snacks, tasting pretty good, but the price is relatively high.
Major interest sites inside the Yellow River scenic area are connected by tourist shuttle buses. You may take the bus to get to one site to the other. There are also ropeways or hovercrafts available, but you need to pay extra fee to take them.
【Chinese name】: 黄河风景区
【Best time to visit】: July to October is the most appropriate time to see Yellow River, because during this time the river has the maximum flow water. So it is the best time to water the Yellow River.
【How to get to Yellow River Scenic Area using public transportation】: You may take Bus Route 1 or 16 in Zhengzhou downtown to reach the scenic area directly. It takes about 1 hour to get there.