Dengfeng (Chinese: 登封; pinyin: Dēngfēng; postal: Tengfeng) is a county-level city under the jurisdiction of Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan Province, China. In ancient times, it was known as Yangcheng (simplified Chinese: 阳城; traditional Chinese: 陽城; pinyin: Yángchéng).

Dengfeng has an area of 1,220 km2 (470 sq mi) and a population of 630,000.[1] It occupies the southwestern corner of Zhengzhou and is its westernmost county-level division.

Dengfeng is located at the foot of the Mount Song, one of the most sacred mountains in China. The city is one of the most renowned spiritual centres of China, home to various religious institutions and temples, such as the Taoist Zhongyue Temple, the Buddhist Shaolin Temple, as well as the Confucian Songyang Academy, hence its poetic expression derived from Chinese literature as the spiritual "centre of heaven and earth".


The Daoist Zhongyue Temple
The Daoist Zhongyue Temple
Location in Zhengzhou
Location in Zhengzhou
Dengfeng is located in Henan
Location in Henan
Coordinates: 34°27′19″N 113°1′31″E / 34.45528°N 113.02528°ECoordinates: 34°27′19″N 113°1′31″E / 34.45528°N 113.02528°E
CountryPeople's Republic of China
Prefecture-level cityZhengzhou
 • Total1,220 km2 (470 sq mi)
 • Total630,000
 • Density520/km2 (1,300/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+8 (China Standard)
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Official nameHistoric Monuments of Dengfeng in "The Centre of Heaven and Earth"
  1. Taishi Que Gates, Zhongue Temple
  2. Shaoshi Que Gates
  3. Qimu Que Gates
  4. Songye Temple Pagoda
  5. Architectural Complex of Shaolin Temple
  6. Huishan Temple
  7. Songyang Academy of Classical Learning
  8. Observatory
CriteriaCultural: (iii)(vi)
Inscription2010 (34th Session)
Area825 ha (2,040 acres)
Buffer zone3,438.1 ha (8,496 acres)


The first Xia Dynasty capital Yangcheng was built west of Gaocheng Township on the Yin River under the sacred Mount Song.

The famous Shaolin Monastery, traditional origin of Zen, is located in Dengfeng.


In 2010, UNESCO inscribed several of the most renowned sites across Dengfeng onto its World Heritage List under the title "Historic Monuments of Dengfeng in 'The Centre of Heaven and Earth'."[2] The World Heritage Site includes several historic gates, temples (including the renowned Shaolin Temple), a Confucian academy and the Gaocheng Observatory:[3]

Shaolin Temple



Mt. Shaoshi Cliff - 少室山峭壁 - panoramio - Aaron Zhu

Mt. Shaoshi

The Observatory, Dengfeng, 2015-09-24 08

Gaocheng Observatory

The Dengfeng Observatory1

Dengfeng Observatory

Huishansi dadian

Huishan Temple

Songshan Shaolin (4)

Shaolin Temple

Shaolin Monk Cemetery - panoramio

Pagoda Forest, Shaolin temple


Shaoshi Que


Fawang Temple

Fawang Temple Pagoda Dengfeng

Fawang temple Pagoda

Pagoda of Songyue Temple, 2015-09-25 20

Pagoda of Songyue temple


Taishi Que

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Songyang Academy


Zhongyue Temple

Shaolinsi chuzuan dadian

Chuzu Temple

Medicine Monk Statue @ Shaolin Temple - panoramio

Monk Statue at Shaolin Temple


  1. ^ (in Chinese) Introduction to Dengfeng, official website of Dengfeng Government, visited on April 12, 2008.
  2. ^ Historic Monuments of Dengfeng in "The Centre of Heaven and Earth." UNESCO World Heritage Centre
  3. ^ Historic Monuments of Dengfeng in "The Centre of Heaven and Earth." UNESCO World Heritage Centre

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Ren Changxia

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Ren was killed in an apparent car accident. Upon receiving news of her death, over 200,000 Dengfeng citizens poured the streets to mourn her, even though she was only in Dengfeng for 3 years. Impressed by her influence in her community, top Chinese leaders Hu Jintao, Wen Jiabao and Luo Gan called for a national propaganda campaign to learn from her.

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