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'''Kaifeng''' (开封; ''Kāifēng'') is on the southern bank of the Yellow River in northern [[Henan]] Province.  
'''Kaifeng''' (&&^^^:D019298usy98923; ''Kāifēng'') is a [[Vegetable]] whose species is [[Sunflower]] under [[Mutated]] in northern [[Singapore]] Province.  
The city was the capital of China during several dynasties, and was visited by [[On the trail of Marco Polo|Marco Polo]]. Around 1,000 years ago, when it was the capital of the Song dynasty, Kaifeng was the most prosperous and busy city in China and the world.
As a small seedling, Kai Feng grew. And grew. And grew! Ok I'm getting boring of this boring growing let's go on to his more exciting city life.
Countless expats immigrated right here and lived their whole lives, especially Arabians and Persians, who afterwards formed a new ethnic group in China, named Hui (回族).  Also Jews settled in Kaifeng in the Bible Hutong (教经胡同; Jiaojing Hutong), still visited by tourists from israel.
==City Life==
==Get in==
On a.B.C. 19022302394752089790287, Kai Feng was taken to [[Indonaseo]] by [[Pokemonssssss]] and tested in [[Lab****]] which was pretty f***ed up. The experiment was a failure, and he mutated into a [[Sunflower]] from his birth plant [[Venesaur]].
===By plane===
The nearest airport is in Zhengzhou Xinzheng Airport (FTAT Code:CGO), an hour away and a ¥160 taxi ride. An alternative way from the airport to Kaifeng is to take a shuttle bus from just outside the arrival gate to Civil Aviation Hotel (民航大酒店)in Jinshui Road (¥15), then walk east for around 20 minutes to the mini bus station Deyi Bus Station (德亿汽车站) from where you can take a bus to near Kaifeng Railway Staion (¥7).
Kai Feng found out about his [[Horrible Histories]], and escaped [[Scholastic]] which made that book. Eww. I mean like, seriously. And then he lived happily ever after. No. F*** you. He won't have a happy ending.
===By train===
===JEF saga===
Kaifeng is on the Shanghai-Xi'an line.  Hard seat tickets may be difficult to obtain but next day (or even same day) hard-sleeper tickets (from Shanghai, 6.5 hours, ¥222; from Xi'an, 7 hours, ¥140) are readily available outside peak periods.  The train from Zhengzhou is around 45 minutes and costs ¥11-19.
He escaped to [[Singapore]] and became part of the [[JEF saga]], playing a [[minor]] and [[f***ed-up]] role of being himself, a [[Veggie]].
Kaifeng now has high speed rail connections- 1 hour from Zhengzhou.
===By bus===
There are buses to Kaifeng from other places in Henan, including from Zhengzhou Long-Distrance Bus Station and Luoyang Long Distance Bus Station.
==Get around==
===By taxi===
Taxis are ¥5 for the first 3km and ¥1 for each additional kilometer. Rides within the city will not exceed ¥10.
===By bus===
Local buses go everywhere within the city and cost ¥1. Bus 20 is a sightseeing bus going to all the major sights.
There is a bus stop at the corner of the carpark in front of the train station. From here bus no 9 and bus no 1 will take you into town - fare 1 yen.
===By rickshaw===
One very good way to get around Kaifeng and see the sites is to take what the locals call "bengbeng"; essentially a tuktuk or motorised rickshaw. 6 kuai will take you from the train station to Henan University's old campus, essentially the length of the city. Short trips should be two or three kuai.
===Landmarks and buildings===
*<see name="Daxiangguo Temple" alt="大相国寺; Dà​xiāng​guó​sì​; lit. Temple of the Chief Minister" address="Ziyou Road" directions="Bus 9 or 20" phone="" url="" hours="" price="¥30" lat="" long="">This temple was first built AD555 during the Qi Dynasty with new buildings added in 1661 and 1766. The entire complex has 64 temples but the three main halls are of the greatest interest. The large rectangular Tathagata Hall (Daxiongbaodian) is where monks perform daily chanting rituals in front of three huge Buddhas. In the middle is an impressive bronze Sakyamuni, left is Amitabha and right is the Medicine Buddha, each with a silk hood surrounding their head. At the back of the three Buddhas is a Goddess of Mercy standing on a dragon's head and flanked by a various golden figures. Rising behind them to the roof are a multitude of heavenly figures supported on clouds. Along the side are sculptures of some peculiar looking Arhats; look for the one with an abnormally long arm reaching almost to the roof. The octagonal Arhat Hall (Louhandian) is beautifully constructed with upturned eaves and painted roof beams. The hall houses a breathtakingly beautiful four-sided golden Avalokitesavara said to be carved from a single tree over 50 years. She has six main arms, one set holding aloft a Buddha and 1000 other arms radiating outward with an eye in each palm. The rear Tripitaka Hall has two floors, the upper holding sutras and the lower a white Burmese jade Buddha in the Burmese style and a glass replica of the Emerald Buddha in Thailand’s Grand Palace. Unfortunately, all halls have a ''No Photo'' policy which is rarely adhered to even by local tourists, and rarely enforced by the attending monks.</see>
*<see name="The Site of Kaifeng Synagogue" alt="21 South Jiaojing Hutong 南教经胡同21号" address="" directions="" phone="+86 13781152704" Email="[email protected]" url="" hours="" price="50 RMB" lat="" long="">Esther Guo Yan is a descendant of Kaifeng Jews, who moved from to Kaifeng via India in the Northern Song Dynasty around 1,000 years ago. She was formerly a Chinese teacher who now works full time at the Kaifeng Jewish History Memorial Center, to preserve and restore Jewish culture in the city. Listen to her stories on how her ancestors came to China, the current presence of Jews in Kaifeng, her sense of Jewish identity and her plans to restore the ancient synagogue buried under the ground. Just give her a call on her mobile - she is very passionate about her cause and eager to share her stories. All contributions go towards her cause </see>
* <see name="Baogong Memorial Temple" alt="" address="" directions="At the bank of Baogong Lake, buses 1 and 20" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="8AM-5:30PM" price="&yen;20">Temple built to honor Lord Bao.</see>
*<see name="Yanqing Taoist Temple" alt="" address="Western end of Dazhifang Street" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="¥15" lat="" long="">A small temple containing a two-story pagoda with a beautiful blue glazed tile balcony and painted carvings on the front gate. It appeared to be closed for restoration at last visit. (02/09)</see>
*<see name="Shudian Jie" alt="Bookstore Street" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Running north from Gulou Square this busy street is lined with a mix of old wooden and newer concrete buildings in various styles. Originally called ''Big Store Street'' in the Ming Dynasty it was renamed ''Bookstore Street'' in the Qing Dynasty when it became the center for shops selling books, paper and pens. Carved doors, shuttered windows and painted roof beams peek out from between oversized billboards but there is still plenty of facade remaining visible to give a feeling of the old street.</see>
*<see name="Dragon Pavilion" alt="" address="Northern end of Zhongshan Road" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="¥35" lat="" long="">The area around Dragon Pavilion was the site if the Ming dynasty palace of Prince Zhou. At the southern end of the street leading to Dragon Pavilion stands a reconstructed Wu gate. The remainder of the street is lined with many old buildings. In the late Ming period the palace was destroyed by floods, leaving only the foundations buried 5m under modern Kaifeng, however the city walls were later built along the same axis. A long bridge divides Yangjia Lake leading to the pavilion itself. Much the same views of the pavilion and lake can be seen by walking around the right side of the lake (without buying a ticket) as from inside the park.</see>
*<see name="Iron Pagoda" alt="" address="Next to North Gate on Jiefeng Road" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="¥30, ¥15 concession" lat="" long="">Built in 1049 the 13 story octagonal pagoda is said to be the ''most famous pagoda in China''. It got its name in Yuan Dynasty due the brown glazed tile covering its exterior giving the appearance of iron. It is still in good condition and can be climbed using the internal stairs for ¥10 (not for the claustrophobic and not really worth it as there is no viewing platform, just a deadend at the top). There is a Buddhist temple located near the pagoda and a small lake.</see>
*<see name="The city wall" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Surrounding the city is the old city walls punctuated at various points with gates. Of most interest are the North gate and Little South gate on either end of Jiefeng Road that resemble the arched gates in Xi'an. The other gates are merely gaps in the wall.</see>
*<see name="Kaifengfujian Street" alt="Kaifeng Tourist Theme Park" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="¥50" lat="" long="">Set on the edge of Baogong Lake this new construction is supposed to be a recreation of old Kaifeng and is of little interest unless you are into hourly parades of people dressed up like Song dynasty officials.</see>
===Parks and nature===
* <see name="Banjiang Park" alt="" address="Next to Xinkai Gate" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="¥10" lat="" long="">Just outside the city walls at XinKai Gate, a large statue of a heroic looking Mao fronts this unremarkable park. Inside are various gardens, statues and a rusting ferris wheel.</see>
* <see name="Millennium City Park" alt="清明上河园; Qīng​míng​shàng​hé​yuán​" address="5 Longting West Road, Longting District (龙亭区龙亭西路5号; Lóng​tíng​qū​ Lóng​tíng​xī​lù​)" directions="Bus 1, 15, 20" phone="+86 378 5663819" email="" fax="" url="" hours="9AM-10PM" price="&yen;80">This park is based on a Song Dynasty painting called ''Going Upriver for Qingming Festival''.  It illustrates Song Dynasty daily life, shops and workshops.  The origianl painting can be seen the Forbidden City in Beijing.  Copies can be bought in the park.</see>
* <see name="Cooking Museum" alt="" address="" directions="On the West Gate" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price=""></see>
* <see name="Kaifeng Museum" alt="开封博物馆; Kāi​fēng​ Bó​wù​guǎn​" address="26 Yingbin Road (迎宾路26号; Yíng​bīn​lù​)" directions="Next to Baogong Lake, bus 1, 4 or 9" phone="+86 378 3933624" email="[email protected]" fax="" url="" hours="Tu-Su 8:30AM-11:30AM, 2PM-5PM" price="&yen;10">Exhibits on Kaifeng's history in first half of 1900s as well as Kaifeng's period as capital of Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127).</see>
* <do name="Walk inside the wall" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Take a walk along the inside of the wall between Xinkai Gate and Song Gate to see houses made from bricks scavenged from the wall.</do>
* <do name="Chrysanthemum Festival" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="Each autumn" price=""></do>
* <do name="Yellow River" alt="" address="" directions="Besides taxis, there is a city bus which leaves from near the Northern entrance to Iron Pagoda park (Bus 6)" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax=""></do>
===Local products===
* '''Embroidery''' &mdash; dates back to the Northern Song Dynasty
* '''Fighting Kites'''
* '''New Year Posters''' &mdash; originally made in nearby Zhuxianzhen and dates back to the Tang Dynasty, shows rural scenes with persons from famous legends.
* '''Watermelon''' &mdash; the local watermelons are considered especially tasty
* '''Spiced Bean Curd''' &mdash; the local tradition for spiced bean curd dates back at least 2000 years
* '''Peanut Cake''' &mdash; has been made here for more than 1000 years
===Markets and shopping streets===
* <buy name="Shidun Street Market" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Great varity of products for sale including clothes, cosmetics and kitchenware.</buy>
* <buy name="Daxiangguo Temple Market" alt="" address="Ziyou Road" directions="Just outside Daxiangguo Temple" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">The largest market in town, offering clothes, electronics and much other.</buy>
* <buy name="Song Street" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Tourist shops selling souvenirs.</buy>
* <buy name="Sihou Street" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">The main shopping street in town.</buy>
* <buy name="Renmin Department Store" alt="" address="23 Madao street" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">State owned department store offering clothes and much other.</buy>
* <buy name="Kaifeng City Antiques Store" alt="" address="Zhongshan Street" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price=""></buy>
You will find a lot of snack stands around, which include Sandao (made of flour, bee honey, sugar and stuff), peanut cake, sesame cake etc.  There are also many other cheap options.
* <eat name="Night Market" alt="" address="Gulou Square (Gulou Guangchang)" directions="In the center of the city" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Wonderful selection of foods.</eat>
* <eat name="Simen" alt="四门儿" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">This is one of the many Muslim restaurants in the city.  The mutton soup is just perfectly boiled, try it for breakfast during the winter.</eat>
* <eat name="Diyilou Restaurant" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">A famous place to get the Kaifeng specialty, baozi, in best quality.  These baozi contains soup, so be careful when eating them.</eat>
* <eat name="Nanyangshi" alt="南羊市" address="" directions="Opposite No. 7 Middle School" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Serves hula soup, which is the main choice of breakfast for the locals (other similar food stands are almost everywhere).  They only serve in the morning time should it be sunny.</eat>
* <eat name="No. 3 Chemical Factory" alt="化三" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">This food might make you guys feel weird, but it is highly recommended.  This is a donkey meat soup shop. Buy it, sit there, close your eyes if you really doubt its taste, and eat! Do not worry, the bosses of the soup shop and the chemical factory do not know each other.</eat>
* <eat name="Youyixin Restaurant" alt="" address="23 Drum Tower street" directions="" phone="+86 378 2552888" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Serves traditional local food.</eat>
Taiwan style milk tea stands in Bookstore Street (Shudian Jie).
* <drink name="Hangtian Night Club" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Karaoke, disco and billards.</drink>
* <drink name="Zuitaibei" alt="" address="Drum Tower Square" directions="" phone="+86 378 5251619" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Soft music and dance.</drink>
*<sleep name="Kaifeng International Youth Hostel" alt="" address="30 Ying Bin Road" directions="head towards the eastern part of Bao Gong Lake" phone="0378-2231050" url="" checkin="" checkout="noon" price="¥40-125, discount for YHA membership" lat="" long="">The only real budget option when it comes to Kaifeng and is a must to stay at compared to other options in town. Kaifengs only YHA (run by a friendly Australian ex-pat) which brings with it all the usual things - Cheap rooms that are sparkling clean and quiet (dorm with western toilet/shower - ¥40-45, Standard spacious ensuite rooms (3 star standard) with flatscreen TV - ¥95-125), Free fast internet incl. WiFi and popular social network access, young local English speaking staff, western kitchen (great pizzas!), bar including espresso, wine & spirits, DVD's/BBC documentaries on a 36 inch LCD in the bar, Train booking service, Travel info, Bike Hire, Self Laundry service etc etc etc. Located 3km (¥5 taxi) from the main bus/train station next to Bao Gong Lake. Easy walk to the central sites, and simple bus/bike rides to the sights further out</sleep>
*<sleep name="Jin Xue Hotel" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="Standard ¥150-180" lat="" long="">A few doors south of the PSB on ZhongShan Lu. This old hotel is no-frills, no english speaking staff.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Dajintai Binguan" alt="" address="Gulou Jie" directions="" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="Double bed ¥260-300" lat="" long="">Once a budget favourite, its recent price hikes in 12 months by 100% from those listed in the latest edition of a popular guidebook, have elevated this to a terribly overpriced midrange option. Located in the large gray-brick building with tatty red lanterns hanging along the front. Friendly non-English speaking staff and relatively comfortable if gloomy and rundown rooms make it ok if only for its central location, but the price disqualifies it from being a rational choice, given the new budget options in town since early 2011 (see above). Rooms often stink of cigarette smoke. The attached ‘business centre’ provides photocopying (¥1 per page) and email (¥5 p/hour)</sleep>
* <sleep name="New Century Grand Hotel Kaifeng" alt="开封开元名都大酒店" address="开发区大梁路人民检察院对面" directions="" phone="+86 378 3399999" email="" fax="+86 378 3398888" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="Listed rates for doubles &yen;1,280-2,280, inluding breakfast">Five star hotel with rooms with free internet.</sleep>
==Get out==
Small town with mainly Karaoke Bar and restaurant to hang out. You can get a taxi ride to the "Huang He" (Yellow River) which is quite near from Kaifeng.
By train or bus, the bus station is across the street from the train Station.
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Revision as of 07:39, 23 April 2012

Kaifeng (&&^^^:D019298usy98923; Kāifēng) is a Vegetable whose species is Sunflower under Mutated in northern Singapore Province.


As a small seedling, Kai Feng grew. And grew. And grew! Ok I'm getting boring of this boring growing let's go on to his more exciting city life.

City Life


On a.B.C. 19022302394752089790287, Kai Feng was taken to Indonaseo by Pokemonssssss and tested in Lab**** which was pretty f***ed up. The experiment was a failure, and he mutated into a Sunflower from his birth plant Venesaur.


Kai Feng found out about his Horrible Histories, and escaped Scholastic which made that book. Eww. I mean like, seriously. And then he lived happily ever after. No. F*** you. He won't have a happy ending.

JEF saga

He escaped to Singapore and became part of the JEF saga, playing a minor and f***ed-up role of being himself, a Veggie.