On the south bank of the Yellow River, some 16 miles northwest of Zhengzhou
in Henan Province is the Yellow River Scenic Area. And if you're passing through
Henan, especially if you're in the Zhengzhou area, the park is worth a short
visit. The park is just under 10 square miles in size.
A number of cultural points are in the park. The western end of the park
contains the historic battle site where Liu Bang (who later became Emperor
Gauzu) defeated Xiang Yu to cement his rule in 202 B.C. as the first emperor of
the Han Dynasty. Yueshan Temple in the park is interesting. Among its
offering, a large number of pagodas containing the remains a past monks at the
temple. The park also contains its own Stele Forest where 570 steles inscribed
by well known (to the Chinese at least) calligraphers. Hovercrafts and
speedboats are popular on the Yellow River at the park. The park is home to
China's large fleet of tourist-use hovercrafts.