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Kaifeng

While Kaifeng is today a small city by Chinese standards, being home to nearly 5 million, the city is believed to have once been the largest city in the world for over a century. As one of the Eight Ancient Capitals of China, Kaifeng intermittently served as the political, economic, and cultural center of China for seven dynasties. Kaifeng was at its grandest during the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127) when it was one of the most developed and prosperous cities in the world. Today, Kaifeng is a calm city with beautiful historical and cultural remnants that testify to its magnificent past.

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