Local Shopping and Activities

Shopping for basic necessities like toiletries, teaching supplies, clothes, and simple home furnishings is easy. Teachers often enjoy KTV (karaoke), renting an electric scooter or bicycle, going to the local park, or sampling the snacks available from the numerous street vendors near campus.

Local Dining

A few local restaurants serve Western food, and a number of inexpensive and delicious Chinese eateries can be found on campus or nearby.


For those wanting a more modern scene, we are about an hour away from Zhengzhou, a large metropolitan city and the present capital of Henan Province. On most weekends, teachers can take a free university bus to Zhengzhou for fun and more shopping options. While there, you can find American favorites such as Papa John’s Pizza, McDonalds, Dairy Queen, KFC, and Wal-Mart, as well as international restaurants. Zhengzhou is also home to a train station and airport.  The train station has sleek high-speed bullet trains and comfortable sleeper cars. Bilingual students and Chinese staff members gladly help with travel reservations and assist you with planning your trip. They may even offer to take you to their homes for a weekend!

Local History

Xinzheng is the birthplace of Chinese history dating back more than 5,000 years. Numerous archaeological sites are close, including the dynastic ruins of several ancient Chinese capitals, including Zhengzhou, Luoyang, and Kaifeng.

China and Asia

The airport in Zhengzhou puts the rest of China, and all of Asia, in close reach! During holidays, teachers will use the hub of Henan as a starting point for traveling to Hong Kong, Dalian, Harbin, Kunming, Chengdu, Beijing, Shanghai, Thailand, the Philippines, Cambodia, Indonesia, Singapore, India and so much more!


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