Discover the rich architectural and social makeup of Henan, by taking a little road trip to other villages, cities and towns around Zhoukou. Two places within a relatively short distance of Zhoukou are Luohe, 35 miles (56 kilometers) to the east, and Xuchang, 55 miles (89 kilometers) to the southeast.
Uncover the region's rich cultural tapestry within Henan's excellent history museums.
Take your own gear or rent the gear locally, and make the most of the region's water sports. Rafting is one great activity. Another option is boating.
Before you set off on your adventure in Henan, do what the smart travelers do and take the time to learn a variety of useful lines in Mandarin. "Nǐ yào bú yào gēn wǒ tiàowǔ" ("Would you like todance with me?") is a handy phrase to remember. "This gentleman/lady will pay for everything" is another good one know, so learn to pronounce "Zhèiwèi xiānsheng huì qīngdān"
When it's finally time to head off and say "Zàijiàn", you'll have many happy memories to keep forever.