Xinyang City lies in the southeast of Henan province in the People’s Republic of China. The southernmost part of Henan, the city lies on the south bank of the Huai River. Xinyang has been a part of Chinese civilization for more than 8000 years. It is documented for its vassal states during the Xia (21st-16th century BC) and Shang (16th-11 century BC) and the vital grain contributions during the Tang Dynasty (618-907). It has now grown into a booming urban environment inhabiting approximately 7.8 million people. This province is divided into two main urban districts that spread over 7 thousand square miles.
Today it is known for Xinyang Maojian Tea, chestnuts, Chinese gooseberry, ginkgo, willow knitting, and ox horn handicrafts. Green tea is thought to originate in China and Xinyang has provided a important place for Chinese green tea, more importantly Maojian Tea. Xinyang Maojian Tea is well-known at home and abroad for its excellent quality and unique style. Not only is it popular in China, but also in more than 20 countries and regions such as Europe, North America, Japan, South-East Asia, Hong Kong and so on. There are several festivals beginning in April each year that celebrate Xinyang tea including the Xinyang Tea Culture Festival.
There are many prominent attractions in Xinyang City that bring tourists from all over. The Jigong Mountain in the Dabie Mountains range is great for hiking. Baoxio (Crowning) Peak of Jigongshan Mountain is perfect for sunrises and sunsets, the reason for its name and ranks among the top five summer resorts nationwide. Buddhist temples and shrines can be found on Lingshan Mountain in Luoshan County. The Lingshan Temple was first built in the Tang Dynasty. Nanwan Lake scenic spot, a state-level forest park, is widely reputed as a gem in the south of Henan Province. Located in the center of Shihe District, it is the earliest flood control project of Huai River. Along the upper reaches of the river are attractions like the Longtan Waterfall and the Wuzuoyun Mountain.