Ningxia Travel Guide
'Ning' is the colloquial term for the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region. Find it on the map in northwest China and into the middle and lower reaches of the Yellow River. It is bordered by Gansu to the south, Shaanxi to the east, and the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region to the north, and is one of the five ethnic minority autonomous regions in China. Ningxia covers a total area of 66,000 square kilometers (about 25,484 square miles) and has a population of 5.62 million; one third of who are Hui minority people. It has a temperate continental climate of long, cold winters and short, hot summers with the temperature being lowest in January, averaging from -10C to -7C and highest in July, averaging from 17C to 24C. Annual rainfall averages from 190 - 700 millimeters.
Cities in Ningxia
Ningxia, a region as culturally rich as the entire area south of the Yangtze River, continues to be admired for its resplendent cultural heritage garnered from the long river of history. During the time of the Tang and Han Dynasties (206 BC - 907 AD) Ningxia was the main place for trade and transportation between the eastern and western regions of ancient China. Ruins of the Great Wall of the Ming Dynasty can be found in its east region.
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What to See
A unique landscape, unique local customs and habits, and ancient history, all add up to make Ningxia an interesting tourist area for those wishing to discover a rich and diverse region.
Yinchuan City (also called 'Phoenix City') is the capital of the region situated in the remote northwest of China. The 1000-year-old city is a famous cultural city beyond the Great Wall. The old sector of Yinchuan City to the west is green and peaceful, and contains all the places of interest. It includes the 1500-year-old Haibao Pagoda; the famous Buddhist architecture from the West Xia Kingdom Pagoda of Chengtian Temple; and the Western Xia Imperial Tombs known as the 'Pyramids of China'. One can also find there the mystic Helan Mountain Rock Painting, created by the ancient nomads who dwelled in the regions of the Helan Mountains in northwest Ningxia. They used a bold and descriptive chiseling and drawing technique, to which they added dazzling colors, to depict the history of a splendid Chinese civilization.
Sand Lake Scenic Resort is the national tourist trump card for those looking for a place with a lake, sand dunes, reeds, birds and fish. During the May-September period, the lake becomes a veritable paradise for a dozen or so varieties of precious bird species, such as swans, white and grey cranes, black storks, and wild geese.
Ningxia is the home of Chinese Muslems. When you go, please be respectful of the unique local customs and habits of the Hui people.
The other is from the Tourist Coach Station. The schedule is also 08:00. Hope helpful!
It may be rainy and cloudy during the period, and the temperature is around 20-30C. You can take your t-shirts, dress, and thin jacket. Enjoy your time!
I know there are Trains from Lanzhou to Zhongwei (5-6h). And I know there busses from Lanzhou to Yinchuan (6h). But I cannot find anything about busses from Lanzhou to Zhongwei? Does anyone know if there are such busses, from where they leave and their schedule?
As with a friend we're considering travelling there for Golden Week would anybody be so nice to suggest a a 6-7 days itinerary?
First of all, you need to charter a local car when you arrive in the city, since the city transport is not very convenient.
Day one is a day for you to find a hotel and have a rest, if you have enough time and energy, you can pay a visit to Shuidonggou, which is near the airport.
Day 2: Zhongwei is a good place to visit, and you can go to Shapotou and Tonghu Grassland.
Day 3: Mausoleum of Xixia Dynasty- the West Program Tourism Town in Zhenbeibao
Day 4: Helan Mountain, Rock Paintings in Helan Mountain.
Day 5: Shahu Lake-Nanguan Great Mosque
Day 6: Huangsha Gudu
I'm in Yinchuan, Ningxia, these days, for holidays. I'm desperate : I don't manage to taste Ningxia wine : would you have any adress of wine bar there ?