Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region

Ningxia Travel Guide

Ningxia Map'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.

Yinchuan City Center
Yinchuan City Center

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.

West Xia Imperial Tombs
West Xia Imperial Tombs
Camel riding in desert, Yinchuan
Camel riding in desert, Yinchuan
Liupan Mountain is located in south Ningxia. This is an area famous for its picturesque scenery and it certainly lives up to its reputation as the 'green islet'.

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.
Sand Lake, Yinchuan, Ningxia
Sand Lake, Yinchuan
Shapotou, Yinchuan
Shapotou, Yinchuan
Shapotou on the southern rim of the Tengger Desert: There one will find the Desert Research Centre, established in 1956 to find ways of preventing the sands from encroaching onto the railways, and one of China's four singing sand dunes. Sliding down the sand dune gives one the ethereal feeling of descending from the sky. The peculiar geological structure of the place causes the sand to emit a resonance that reverberates like the tolling of a huge bell or the beating of a big drum. Limpid water flows gently in a knee-deep stream at the foot of the dune.

Ningxia is the home of Chinese Muslems. When you go, please be respectful of the unique local customs and habits of the Hui people.

Questions & Answers on Ningxia Travel
Asked by Sally from SINGAPORE | Apr. 18, 2018 04:31Reply
What would be the expected weather at Ning Xia at first week of Jun?
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Answered by Michelle from FINLAND | Apr. 18, 2018 21:09

Ningxia is a big province, and the weather varies a lot in different parts. So I’ll take its capital city, Yinchuan, as the example.
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!
Asked by Torsten from LUXEMBURG | Jan. 13, 2018 15:21Reply
Are there busses from Lanzhou to Zhongwei?

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?

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Answered by Sherry from CANADA | Jan. 15, 2018 01:58

I know there is one before and it leaves from Dongou Internatinal Children City at 16:30. But it was in 2016, and I am not sure whether it still exists.
Asked by Beatrice from ITALY | Sep. 05, 2017 22:27Reply
6 days in Ningxia
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?

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Answered by Amy from SINGAPORE | Sep. 08, 2017 04:10

Hi, Beatrice! I’m glad to answer your question.
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
Asked by Hélène from FRANCE | Jul. 17, 2017 22:57Reply
wine from Ningxia
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 ?
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Answered by Lisa from SINGAPORE | Jul. 18, 2017 01:58

You are suggested to go to Funing Street, Xingqing District, which is a bar street.
Asked by Riyadh from YEMEN | Aug. 01, 2015 01:01Reply
Is this binglou city within ningxia province
What are the specifications of this binglou city
What are the cities that follow this province
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Answered by Wendy from CAMEROON | Aug. 01, 2015 22:12

I don't know the Binglou City, but I am sure it is not in NX. Well, the NX Hui Aotomomous Region covers Yinchuan, Shizuishan, Wuzhong, Guyuan, Zhongwei, Lingwu and Qingtongxia cities.
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