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7 Days Ningxia tour

By Minjun Xu

August 17

As major outposts on the ancient Silk Road, Ningxia and its oases were an intersection for many cultures in Chinese history – primarily Muslim, Han, Jewish and Mongol.

As major outposts on the ancient Silk Road, Ningxia and its oases were an intersection for many cultures in Chinese history – primarily Muslim, Han, Jewish and Mongol.

Ningxia in China’s desertified northwest was originally made its own a region to give the Hui people an autonomous area. But while its known mainly for Muslim culture and desert landscapes, there’s much more to this (relatively) uninhabited region than that.

Day 1 Shapotpu Scenic Area 沙坡头风景区

Shapotpu Scenic Area [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/Zhang Xu]
In the Tengger Desert 20km west of Zhongwei City, Shapotou Scenic Area is a blend of typical desert landscape and water town sceneries which are mostly seen in southern China. It also has exciting activities like sandboarding and bungee jumping.

Entry: 100 yuan/person (April – Nov.); 65 yuan/person (Dec. – March)

Opening hours: 08:00 a.m. – 06:00 p.m.

Day 2 Shahu Lake 沙湖

Shahu Lake [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/Han Bo]
Shahu Lake [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/Han Bo]
Shahu Lake is a beautiful oasis 50km northwest of Yinchuan City. It has two islands that are great for bird-watching as well as other exciting activities such as dune buggy riding, fire balloon riding, and glider riding.

Entry: 60 yuan/person (April – Oct.); 40 yuan/person (Nov. – March)

Opening hours: 08:00 a.m. – 06:00 p.m.

Day 3 Mount Liupan National Forest Park 六盘山国家森林公园

Mount Liupan [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/Yang Suping]
Mount Liupan [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/Yang Suping]
Mount Liupan, part of one of China’s youngest mountain ranges, has been an important military fortress for ages. Made famous by Chairman Mao’s poem “Mount Liupan”, its excellent natural scenery makes it a great spot to experience both history and the outdoors.

Entry: 65 yuan/person

Opening hours: 07:00 a.m. – 05:00 p.m.

Day 4 Shuidonggou Archaeological Site 水洞沟遗址

Shuidonggou Archaeological Site [Image Credit: china.org.cn]
Shuidonggou Archaeological Site [Image Credit: china.org.cn]
Shuidonggou Archaeological Site in Lingwu City was the first unearthed Paleolithic site in China. The site contains invaluable information about human life 30,000 years ago. The surrounding canyons are spectacular in their own right.

Entry: 60 yuan/person

Opening hours: 08:00 a.m. -06:00 p.m.

Day 5 Cave Paintings in the Helan Moutains 贺兰山岩画

Cave Paintings in Helan Mountains [Image Credit: hebei.com.cn]
Cave Paintings in Helan Mountains [Image Credit: hebei.com.cn]
The Helan Mountain Caves contain a series of rock art inscriptions chiseled by northern ethnic minorities in ancient China that depict their customs and daily life. The Cave Painting Museum exhibits many stone rubbings and Helan Mountains cave images with additional information. Make sure to visit the Helan Waterfall as well.

Entry: 70 yuan/person

Opening hours: 08:00 a.m. -06:00 p.m.

Day 6 Western Xia Tombs 西夏王陵遗址

Western Xia Tombs [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/He Dongping]
Western Xia Tombs [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/He Dongping]
At the foot of the Helan Mountains, the Western Xia Tombs, cover an area around 53 . They include nine imperial mausoleums and more than 200 tombs of imperial relatives and officials, making them one of the largest existing imperial mausoleums in China.

Entry: 75 yuan/person

Opening hours: 08:00 a.m. – 06:30 p.m.

Day 7 The China Western Film Studio 镇北堡西部影

The China Western Film Studio [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/Pan Wenjun]
The China Western Film Studio [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/Pan Wenjun]
On the site of an ancient frontier fortress, the China Western Film Studio, also called Zhenbeibu by locals, is the birthplace of many internationally acclaimed Chinese films, such as Red Sorghum (红高), The Herdsman (), and Ballad of the Yellow River (黄河). In the film studio, you can rent costumes and do role-plays in authentic movie settings where those famous films were shot.

Entry: 100 yuan/person

Opening hours: 08:00 a.m. – 06:00 p.m. (April 15th – Oct.15th); 08:30 a.m. -05:30 p.m. (Oct.16th – April 14th)

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