Zhengzhou is most known because of its central location in China, serving as a middle point for cross country train rides. This should make domestic travel fairly comfortable.
In many parts of the province, they are correct in their perception that people in Henan province participate in the primary sector economy. This perception has a lot of staying power due to Henan’s reputation as China’s breadbasket. Henan is the largest producer of wheat and sesame in China, and also produces a great deal of rice, corn, cattle, and poultry.
Perhaps, at one point, Zhengzhou itself looked similar to these pictures, and its capital status today was a product of its being a convenient stop along the Yellow River for farmers to sell their goods. Nevertheless, one would be hard-pressed to accuse present day Zhengzhou of being stuck in the primary sector. In recent years, Nissan, Walmart, and various other big names have set up shop in Zhengzhou. Today, the city has universities, nightclubs, and enterprising entrepreneurs (for a funny and insightful blog post about this, read Ross Katz’ thoughts on the entrepreneurial spirit of the Chinese individual) all throughout the city.