Best things to do in Henan and sightseeing in Henan
Zhenping Jade Market - Henan
This is a massive ancient marketplace, with hundreds of shops set up into long rows of buildings along the street. It's known as the Jade Market, but there are actually a ton of other products sold along there as well. This is where a lot of the merchants buy their jade in bulk from the makers, to then re-sell to consumers in jewelry stores. You are supposed to get a pretty good discount here, although I didn't find anything. The history of the place, the small carnival going on nearby, and the sweet people made it worth our while though :)
Lao Jie Ling - Henan
I cannot give you a precise location, because it doesn't have a name. We ended up stopping at a small farming outdoor restaurant for lunch. The restaurant is located close to the mountain scenic area, alongside the path up to our shuttle bus site. It was tucked away into the back corner of this little farming village. The farmer had a home, where his wife, daughters, mother, and grandmother all cooked the meal (for 27 people!!). Outside the home, there were little tin-roof shelters like you see at a park, and three tables with plastic/little metal stools surrounding them. We all sat on the stools and ate the delicious food as they served us about 8 different dishes per table. Rice, vegetables, chicken, fish, mushrooms, bread. They had it all! So good.
Zhao Ping Hu - Henan
Stopped by here on our way home. It's a massive lake with a little boat trip. Not my favorite spot, although the kids LOVED the boat ride. Personally, I couldn't get past all the trash and diesel fuel rubbish in the water. Fun for kids, but otherwise not recommended.
Dragon Pool Valley Scenic Area - Henan
Dragon Pool Valley Scenic Area is a giant park where you can clime up the mountain and follow a series of waterfalls as they carve their way down to the bottom below. The waterfalls are gorgeous, as are the little pools and creeks in between. Many vendors along the path were selling swimming wear, nets to catch the little minnows, and yummy food. Most people make a day out of it! The hiking was great for exercise, but not as intense as the day before.