Dengfeng is a county-level city in Zhengzhou, Henan province, smaller than Luoyang and Kaifeng. Dengfeng has a long history, and it is known for the old and large religious sites, temple buildings and martial arts academies.
In ancient times, it was known as Yangcheng Dengfeng has an area of 1220 square kilometers and a population of 630,000, but the cultural connotation behind this place make it as a must-see place for both locals and travelers. The township is located in the Songshan Mountains, about 45 miles from the provincial capital, Zhengzhou, and 50 miles east of Luoyang.
Located at the foot of Mt. Songshan, a birthplace of Shaolin Culture, Dengfeng is full of Chinese Kongfu smell. The city is one of the most renowned spiritual centres of China, home to various religious institutions and temples, such as the Taoist Zhongyue Temple, the Buddhist Shaolin Temple, as well as the Confucian Songyang Academy, hence its poetic expression derived from Chinese literature as the spiritual "centre of heaven and earth".
The first Xia Dynasty capital Yangcheng was built west of Gaocheng Township on the Yin River under the sacred Mt. Songshan.The famous Shaolin Monastery, traditional origin of Zen, is located in Dengfeng.
The area of Songshan Mountain has some of China's biggest and most important temples and schools for Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism. It is one of China's centers for martial arts and was where the Shaolin style of martial arts originated.
The city has been important as one of China's main centers for the development of Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, and martial arts.It was said to be the capital of the earliest dynasty in the area of China, the Xia Dynasty, though historians are not sure about whether their rule was truly dynastic. The area has a number of large ancient sites.
It has some of the the country's major schools and training centers for Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism. There is the Shaolin Temple where the founder of Zen used to live. Zen was China's most popular kind of Buddhism. Zhongyue Temple is the biggest Taoist Temple among the temples of the Wu Yue (China's five sacred mountains). Songyang Academy was one of the four great Confucian academies in ancient China. The other three academies were Yuelu Academy, Bailu Dong Academy, and Yingtian Academy.
You can also appreciate the mountainous landscape and hike, see the countryside, learn about geology, learn about the development of Chinese architecture and visit the museums and archaeological sites, some thousands of years old.