郑州 Zhengzhou河南省 Henan  

Zhengzhou is my home for the next year. It's busy, smelly, dirty and contains little of real historic value, but I love it! Its lack of beautiful or touristy sights makes it an unsullied slice of industrialising China, and makes me one of only a couple of hundred foreigners in the whole city.

Henan province is the size of a small country, and the city feels massive to me, with millions of warren-like alleys, so even if I were here for years and years I don't think I'd feel I knew the whole place and how it fitted together. However, I'm doing my best, so I'll add places that I discover in and around Zhengzhou here as and when I discover them.
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About ZZ

Some history, trivia, etc. pulled from books, conversations and internet

Huanghe S&T South Campus

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Stuck out in the southern suburbs (by suburbs I mean industrial sprawl) of the city, the campus is like an oasis of cleanliness (relative to its surrounds) and quiet. Lots of basketball courts, two gyms, big canteens with a wide choice of cheap and tasty food, a variety of small shops with everything you'd need from eggs to bike repairs, and some nice green spaces. 


Westgate

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With a few cheap places to eat, a clinic, some shops and a 'supermarkeet', Westgate is handy and within easy reach of campus. Good place for dumplings and dumpling soup and lots of fruit stands to get your 5-a-day. Can get tuk-tuks from here and the #81 bus goes from just across a dirt track. Also the place to get honey - a man with bee hives is based around here.


Eastgate

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Not a lot here - a busy intersection, a nice restaurant (great peanuts and delicious pak choi or broccoli with garlic), some stalls selling lamb kebabs, and a market for new mopeds and tricycle-trucks. Easy walking distance from college and a small market at night selling clothes, shoes, home-stuff up the street on the way.


Century Mart

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8Y in a tuk tuk or a short cycle away from college, Century Mart is the closest supermarket (proper supermarket) to campus. It sells everything except sausages, cheese and decent wine. Ground floor is clothes, first floor is household stuff, third floor is food. Expect a lot of packaged stuff - instant noodles etc - but there's also plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, bags of rice and flour, and so on.


Er Qi Tower

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Parkson

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Big department store in the centre of Zhengzhou. Lots of high-end brands and some bargains. Places to eat - sushi and Chinese food mostly. A food hall selling Chinese ingredients, and a cinema on the top floor which sometimes shows films in their original English with Chinese subtitles.


Be There or Be Square

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Plant Market

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Kaifeng

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Scary Alley

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A great place for a massive variety of street food. Spicy fried tofu, odd but tasty things on sticks, buns with spicy lamb and pak choi inside, dumplings, fried noodles, sweet things, doughy breads with sesame or spice, the list goes on. Near to a long night market selling clothes, furnishings, etc, and there is a good shop for DVDs (may or may not be legitimate copies, but a variety are in English).


Football Stadium

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