Situated in northeast Henan Province, the city of Jiaozuo lies to the east of Xinxiang, west of Luoyang, and north of the Taihang Mountain, neighboring Zhengzhou separated by the Yellow River to the south. With a total area of 4,071 square kilometers (of which the urban area covers 68 square kilometers) and a population of 3.3 million, it enjoys an advantageous location, for it is an intersection of North and South China as well as a center zone in Neo-European-Asian Continental Bridge. As a crucial joint of the North and South, West and East, it plays an essential role in the transportation of central China.
Due to its rich resources, superior geographical location and cultural relics, Jiaozuo is afforded with unique natural and historical sights, such as the National Yuntai Mountain Resort, Qingtian River, Shennong Mountain, and Fenglin Canyon. The Global Yuntai Mountain Geological Park, consisting of Yuntai Mountain, Qinglong Canyon, Fenglin Canyon, Shennong Mountain and Qingtian River, has been recognized by the UNESCO as one of twenty-eight global geological parks in the world.
Jiaozuo is also the birthplace of the famous shadow-boxing. The vigorous but gentle Chens' Taijiquan derived from one of the villages here called Chenjiagou 300 years ago. It is a very popular sport spread widely across the world and regarded as one of the treasures both in Chinese martial arts and the world cultural relics.
For those interested in local products, Jiaozuo is well-known for its black goats, dried persimmons, preserved eggs and youcha, a gruel made of peanuts, sesame and flour.