Kaifeng

Rem Sapozhnikov / October-November 2008
The city of Kaifeng (开封 - Kāifēng) is situated in 70 km to the east from Zhengzhou, administrative center of the Henan province. All guidebooks say that the population of Kaifeng is 4.7 million people. And only some of them add that the minority of the population — 800 thousand dwell in the city, whereas the rest — are rural residents, living somewhere nearby.

I want to tell you at once that I liked the city and I'm sorry that I spent there only one day.

The date of the city foundation is thought to be 364 B.C. Then the city was called Daliang and was a capital of the Wei kingdom. Since then Kaifeng used to become a capital several times, but last time it was in 1368, when it became a capital of the Henan province.

The most prosperous the city was in the XI century. Then it was called Bianliang, and it is now thought to be the most populated city in the world at that time — 600 — 700 thousand people, until 1127 when the Jurchen nation from the northern state Jin destroyed and plundered it. However, 30 years after, the rulers of Jin started to build here the «southern capital».

In addition to wars, diseases and plunder the city was flooded many times by the Huang He river, which caused destruction and death of thousands and even hundreds of thousands of residents.
Kaifeng and the Bao lake early in the morning
Kaifeng and the Bao lake early in the morning --- ↑ Click on photo to see larger image ↑
Lake Bao
Lake Bao.
Lake Bao
Lake Bao.
Lake Bao.
Morning exercises
From 6 to 9 am residents of Kaifeng like to do exercises at the embankment of the Bao lake.
Morning exercises
Morning exercises.
Kaifeng and all China is under active construction
Kaifeng and all China is under active construction.
Restoration of the city wall
Restoration of the city wall.
What is the man with a racket doing there?
At one of the streets of Kaifeng
At one of the streets of Kaifeng.
Kaifeng
Kaifeng.
Kaifeng
Kaifeng --- ↑ Click on photo to see larger imag ↑
Road along the southern part of the Bao lake
Road along the southern part of the Bao lake.
Glist
Glist. Glist in Russian means intestinal worm.
Market
Market.
Kaifeng Mosque
Mosque.
Stock exchange?
Stock exchange?
Yingbin Lu (street)
Yingbin Lu (street).
Yingbin Lu (street), 99
Yingbin Lu, 99
Here you can buy a train ticket.
Kaifeng
Kaifeng.
Kaifeng
Kaifeng.
Kaifeng TV Tower - 268 m (879 ft)
Kaifeng TV Tower - 268 m (879 ft).
Kaifeng TV Tower
Kaifeng TV Tower.
Kaifeng and the Bao lake at night
Kaifeng and the Bao lake at night --- ↑ Click on photo to see larger image ↑
Magpie
Magpie.
Shengfu Jie
Shengfu Jie.
3 dogs
I have never seen so many large dogs possessed by one Chinese.
Kaifeng railway station
Kaifeng railway station.
This train brought me to Kaifeng
This train brought me to Kaifeng.
Platform on Kaifeng railway station
Platform on Kaifeng railway station.
This train is just going to take me to Wuxi
This train is just going to take me to Wuxi. I will cover 800 km for 5 hours and 15 minutes.
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