Zhengzhou is the capital of Henan Province in the central part of the People’s Republic of China. It is one of the National Central Cities in China, the centre of Central Plains area and serves as the political, economic, technological, and educational center of the province, as well as a major transportation hub in China (highway, railway, aviation, communication). The Zhengzhou metropolitan area (including Zhengzhou and Kaifeng) is the core area of the Central Plains Economic Zone.
Zhengzhou is a National Civilized City, State-list Famous Historical and Culture City, one of the Eight Ancient Capital Cities and one of the birthplaces of Chinese Civilization, and the birthplace of the Yellow Emperor. Historically, Zhengzhou was the capital of China for a thousand years (five times). Currently, there are two World Cultural Heritage Sites (including 15 places) in Zhengzhou. The Zhengzhou Commodity Exchange (ZCE) is China’s first futures exchange, Zhengzhou Airport Economy Zone is China’s first Airport Economy Zone.
The city lies on the southern bank of the Yellow River, and is one of the Eight Great Ancient Capitals of China. As a center of China’s national transportation network, there are railways connecting Zhengzhou and Europe, and a bustling international airport (Asia, Europe, Africa, America, Oceania).
Zhengzhou has a population of 10,120,000 inhabitants, and had a GDP of 1,014 billion(RMB) in 2018. The city is one of the main built-up areas of Henan region. Greater Zhengzhou was named as one of the 13 emerging mega-cities in China in a July 2012 report by the Economist Intelligence Unit, and officially named as the eighth National Central City in 2017 by the central government in Beijing.
In 2011, a Journeyman documentary showcased the developments of the Zhengdong New Area of Zhengzhou as a ghost city. However, by 2016, the district had over 1.42 million residents and became the financial hub of Henan Province.