Kaifeng - Henan Province
An attractive city built close to the Yellow River, Kaifeng offers a host of historical attractions surrounded by well-preserved city walls. The Xiangguo Temple, originally built in 555AD, was the city’s key monument during the Northern Song dynasty era (10th to 12th centuries). It had to be rebuilt after being washed away by flooding in 1642, but despite this misfortune the temple has been at the heart of the city ever since and is today surrounded by a thriving market. Other sites not to miss are the Iron Pagoda, Dragon Pavilion and the Longting Park.