Ningxia - Yinchuan Hiking Tours

Yinchuan01: Yinchuan - Suyukou National Forest Park - Rock Paintings
Suyukou National Forest Park, located in Mt. Helan Natural Reserve, is about 50 kilometers northwest of Yinchuan City. National Highway No.101 connects Suyukou with the downtown. If you want to take a bus to go to Suyukou, Yinchuan Tourism Bus Station is recommended. It's located at No.40 Donghuan Bei Lu (Donghuan Road North), Yinchuan.

In Mt. Helan Natural Reserve, you may go to see the famous Helan Rock Paintings. At present, thousands of ancient rock paintings have been found at the east foot of the Helan Mountain. Helankou, situated in Jinshan Village, boasts most rock paintings. The rock paintings show the life scenes of the ancient ethnic groups in North China.
Yinchuan 02 : Yinchuan- Qingtongxia Reservoir - the Grottoes of Shikong Temple - Gao Temple - Shapotou - Tengger Desert
Depart from Yinchuan and walk along the Yellow River, and you will get to the Qingtongxia Reservoir. Around the reservoir, there are three attractions highly recommended, including Ox Head Mountain (Niushou Shan), 108 Pagodas and Qingtongxia Bird Island. The Ox Head Mountain is a sacred place of Buddhism, located on the north bank of the Yellow River. Most of the temples on this mountain were first built before the Tang Dynasty (618-907). On the other side of the Yellow River, opposite the Ox Head Mountain, stand 108 pagodas. You can go there through the dam of Qingtongxia Reservoir.

Go on to walk along the Yellow River after a visit to the pagodas, and you will see the Grottoes of Shikong Temple (Shi Kong Si) and Gao Temple (Gao Miao) on the way. They are situated on the south edge of the Tengger Desert. 

Continue your trip along the river and you will arrive at Shapotou. At Shapotou, sand skiing is a very popular game. Finally, you can hike through the Tengger Desert from there.
Yinchuan 03 : Yinchuan - Sand Lake - Emperor of Heaven's Pavilion - Baotou
Start from Yinchuan and go northwards along National Highway No.109, and you will reach the Sand Lake (Sha Hu), which is about 56 kilometers from the downtown of Yinchuan. The Sand Lake Scenic Spot possesses a large area of water, sand hills, reeds and lotus pools. It's a paradise for fish and birds. 

After visiting the Sand Lake, you may continue your trip and get to the Emperor of Heaven's Pavilion (Yuhuang Ge), which is the unique existing example of the ancient wooden-structure pavilion in Yinchuan.
 
Tip: If you can endure a long-distance hiking, you may go from Yinchuan to Baotou (in Inner Mongolia). According to the above itinerary, depart the Emperor of Heaven's Pavilion and walk northwestwards along the National Highway No.110, and you could enter Inner Mongolia. skiing is a very popular game. Finally, you can hike through the Tengger Desert from there.
Questions & Answers
Asked by Paul Wotherspoon from NEW ZEALAND | May. 17, 2016 18:54Reply
Solo travellers
What is the possibility of travelling casually for the solo traveller in Ningxia Hui Province? And where is a good contact for accommodation inquiries?
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Answered by Lee | May. 18, 2016 21:38
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Hi, I am afraid that it would be hard for foreign travelers visiting Ningxia independently. You'd better to find a local English speaking guide to accompany you.
Answered by PAULWOTHERSPOON | May. 19, 2016 05:56
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Thank you for that Lee. I would be interested to read why you advise against solo travel in Ningxia Hui. Though having limited language skills I have travelled widely in China and Central Asia and have always managed to get to my destination and find accommodation. A recent two week trip was Xi'an, Yan' an, Yulin, Datong, Hohhot and back to Beijing. How would this compare with Zhongwei, Wuzhong, Yinchuan, Shizuishan etc?
Answered by Lee | May. 19, 2016 20:11
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Ningxia is not a popular tourist place, actually it is less developed, so the hotel and transportation condition is not so convenient as that of big cities like Beijing, Shanghai or Xi'an. You may not find someone who can speak English, even in some big hotels or attraction spots. In some small places, like Zhongwei and Wuzhong, most of locals even can not speak Mandarin. They can only communicate in their local language. Although you travel a lot in China and know some Chinese, I suggest you search more information and get fully prepared.
Answered by Eva Amrein from HOMLESS | Jul. 06, 2018 03:45
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Hello Paul, thank you for the Infos. I am from Switzerland, just now in June/July outside of Yingjuan and sure I am exotic here... but the people are helpfully. Without any english, sometime with the smart translation of WeChat on my Chinese phone :-) I should tell you it works. I am alone traveling for 3 month in China - be color - Full of passion and humorous.
Answered by Anne from CHINA | Oct. 04, 2018 02:27
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I live here and it can be a little difficult to find information in English about what to do here, why not check out this blog to help you find extra things to do and get some information on how to get around:
yinchuantravels.wordpress.com
This is an amazing part of China, and there are so few foreigners here, it is really worth checking out before it becomes too popular!
Answered by Paul Wotherspoon from NEW ZEALAND. | Oct. 04, 2018 03:36
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Thank you for your replies Eva and Anne ( I am writing to both of you rather than individually so saving repeating myself). . I got as far as Gansu last year (2017) for one month and found so much to do there that I ran out of time. I am spending this year at home (New Zealand) but hope to get to Ning Xia Hui next year. The information you have both given is reassuring and helpful. I do not know who has supplied the Ningxia-Yinchuan Hiking Tours information but it is also of interest and provides useful information. Along with Gansu, may i recommend Xinjiang Province as well as Kazakhstan and Kyrgistan. Do the loop from Almaty to Astana via Semay and Pavlodar and back by the western route, then south into Kyrgyzstan. But i would advise against being tempted to to take the train to the Caspian. Happy travelling. Paul.
Answered by Paul wotherspoon from NEW ZEALAND | Oct. 04, 2018 15:07
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Thank you for your replies Eva and Anne ( I am writing to both of you rather than individually so saving repeating myself). . I got as far as Gansu last year (2017) for one month and found so much to do there that I ran out of time. I am spending this year at home (New Zealand) but hope to get to Ning Xia Hui next year. The information you have both given is reassuring and helpful. I do not know who has supplied the Ningxia-Yinchuan Hiking Tours information but it is also of interest and provides useful information. Along with Gansu, may i recommend Xinjiang Province as well as Kazakhstan and Kyrgistan. Do the loop from Almaty to Astana via Semay and Pavlodar and back by the western route, then south into Kyrgyzstan. But i would advise against being tempted to to take the train to the Caspian. Happy travelling. Paul.
Asked by Mr.Oscar from CHINA | Apr. 09, 2010 02:27Reply
Hi,

A group of 6 is interest on a tour guide to take us to Alashan:

Desert hiking to Swan Lake (approx. 10km), desert driving to Orchid Lake, camp under stars
Desert hiking (approx. 10km), Mosquito Lake, Moon Lake, optional camel ride, drive to Bayanhaote, Stone Market side trip, Helan Mountains hike (approx. 7km), Guangzong Temple, Yurts, back to Beijing

Please let me know if you do this tipe of trips.
Thank you
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Answered by Mr.Beta | Apr. 09, 2010 03:55
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I asked the same question days before. They don't provide hiking tour service.
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