Located between the Yellow River and the Taihang Mountains, Xinxiang is an ideal tourist destination. Providing relaxation and enchantment with its abundant natural scenery, travellers often visit Xinxiang's rural splendor, enjoying local mountain regions and taking refuge in its quaint cottages. Covering thousands of square kilometers, the southern Taihang Mountains present a natural expanse of waterfalls, streams, peaks and verdant woods. Meanwhile the mighty Yellow River winds through Xinxiang with grassy banks and shadowy forests lining its ever-flourishing shores year round."
In addition to its bountiful ecological wonders, Xinxiang offers many cultural points of interest, including the Mausoleum of Prince Lu and the Temple of Bi Gan. Arts and entertainment aficionados do well when opting the Henan Opera, or simply enjoying Xinxiang's many traditional folk customs. Regional culinary specialties also abound, providing ample savory dishes such as: pot-cooked pork, Simahuai chicken, fried fish with sweet sauce, Changyuan deep-fried dough sticks with eggs, red braised mutton and Yuanyang Rice."
Historically, Xinxiang represents extraordinarily diverse cultural roots. With traces of human inhabitants dating back to 6,000 BC, the Chinese regard this city as one of the "cradles" of their civilization. The site of several notable historic events, Xinxiang bore witness to the conflict and warfare of the Warring States period and of the Han Dynasty. During the Shang Dynasty, Xinxiang was the site of the Muye Battle, during which King Zhou was driven to self-immolation. As for the name of this ancient city, Xinxiang has undergone several iterations. First named Yong State in the 6th century AD, the city was ruled under two separate kingdoms during the Spring and Autumn Period as well as the Warring States Period. Then, during the Han Dynasty, the city was renamed Huojia State until the year 586 AD, when the Sui Dynasty established Xinxiang's current moniker.
Xinxiang is known for the many historical luminaries either born in the city or having notable associations to it. Among Xinxiang's celebrities, ancient and modern, are: