Henan Province banks on religious tourism
A jewel in central China, Henan Province is going all out to promote its cultural icons and spectacular landscapes include the Shaolin Temple, Longmen Grottoes and the scenic area of the Yellow River to discerning tourists.
Situated at the east part of central China, Henan Province is the cradle of ancient Chinese civilization. It is the birthplace of China's great historic figures, and the origin of the unique Chinese inventions and martial arts. Among 8 ancient capitals in China, four are located in Henan province, namely Zhengzhou, Kaifeng, Luoyang and Anyang. Emperors of 20 dynasties chose to build their capitals there. China's long history and rich culture have bestowed Henan province an array of world-renowned historic and cultural heritage and variety of famous tourist attractions. The historical heritage sites, such as the Historic Monuments of Dengfeng, Longmen Grottoes and Anyang Yinxu are world-famous. To take the Longmen Grottoes as an example, it embodies the profound mutual influence of cultures between our two countries. It has already attracted many Indians to visit it. The White Horse Temple in Luoyang, the Indian-style Buddhist Hall of which was inaugurated by Indian President Pratibha Patil, is also a key draw for Indian visitors.
With rich historical and cultural heritages and attractive scenery, Henan Province has already become a very popular tourist destination for domestic and foreign tourists. Regularly tourist events, such as the International Mayors Forum on Tourism (IMFT), Luoyang Peony Fair, and International Yellow River Festival in Sanmenxia, are organised which serves as useful platform to promote cooperation between China and other countries, including India.
Henan's vast history, ethnic and cultural diversity presents the traveler with many possibilities on how to spend your time in the province. For the first-time visitor to this region, the must-see cultural icons and spectacular landscapes include the Shaolin Temple, Longmen Grottoes and the scenic area of the Yellow River.
Henan Province, China participated in the 25th edition of South Asia’s largest travel and tourism exhibition – SATTE 2018. SATTE serves as a platform for Henan Tourism to engage with the biggest and most influential B2B and B2C partners in India and all over the world. At the recently concluded SATTE 2018, Henan Tourism along with its partners highlighted the destination’s growing portfolio of bespoke and affordable experiences, whether travelling for business or leisure.
Hundreds of visitors were entertained centre stage with Taichi performance hosted by Henan Tourism. Henan Tourism's booth saw much traffic as vendors and buyers showed increased interest in learning the history and culture of the “Cradle of Civilization.” “We are very proud to bring Henan to India for all to see,” said Tian Xin, Director of New Delhi for China National Tourism Administration.