The name Zhengzhou comes from a city in the Sui Dynasty, but its actual location was in modern day Chenggao. During the Tang Dynasty, the name switched here. The area remained an unimportant backwater until it was selected for development by the Chinese Government after 1949. Strategically located in the center of the country, Zhengzhou is now a major transportation hub and rapidly growing city. To travelers, Zhengzhou is a convenient starting point to explore a series of Chinese cultural sites, like Kaifeng, Luoyang and Shaolin Temple.
- 1 Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport (CGO IATA) (is about 30 km outside of town). It has one terminal, confusingly named Terminal 2. Terminal 1 is the old terminal that has been closed, but it could reopen if additional capacity is needed.
An airport shuttle bus leaves from Zhengzhou Hotel, centrally located and costs ¥15.
A public bus runs from the airport to the Aviation Hotel (民航酒店 mín háng jiǔ diàn) on Jin Shui Road （金水路 jīn shuǐ lù). It costs ¥25.
Taxis to the airport will cost around ¥120-140. While the distance implies it should only be ¥60, you’re charged for the round trip driving. Bargaining seldom helps as locals pay this price as well.
The airport is now served by the Zhengzhou Metro Line 2’s Chengjiao (Suburban) extension. The first and last trains depart at 06:30 and 20:00 respectively. Additionally, mainline rail service connects the airport to Zhengzhou and Kaifeng (mostly to Zhengzhou East Station), at intervals fluctuating between approximately 30-60 minutes.