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Another Name: Phoenix City
Location: Located near the western bank of the upper course of the Yellow River, near the western end of the Great Wall of China in the south-central section of the Helan Shan and Ordos Desert.
Population: with a population of 1.99 million
Yinchuan Overview: Compared with other major cities in North China, Yinchuan is a paradise of fresh air. As the capital of the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, it is a multi-nationality city including Han, Hui, Manchu, Mongolian, and Chaoxian peoples. A brilliant culture has contributed to Yinchuan being a famous tourist city. There are over 60 historical sites including mosques, pagodas, pavilions, temples, and imperial tombs as well as natural scenery such as Helan Mountain, Sand Lake (Sha Hu) and Shapotou, etc.


Yinchuan Travel Guide 2: Yinchuan Culture


Yinchuan China is a famous ancient fortress, which has more than 1300 years' history. Since the ancient times, it has been the important frontier defensive city in the northwestern part in China. And it was called the Jiangnan on the fortress.


There are some historical relics in Yinchuan, such as Haibao Tower, which is called Hebao Tower too and Xi-Hsia Tomb that the tombs of all the emperors of Xi-Hsia.

There are five specialties called red, yellow, blue, white and black. They are Chinese wolfberry, licorice root, Helan Stone, fresh fur coat and black moss. And the five things have a favorable reception both in China and abroad.


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Attractions in Yinchuan


1. Mountain Helan Rock Art: Mountain Helan is a large range of mountains which stretch over 250 kilometers in length. At the eastern foot of Mountain Helan, thousands of ancient rock carvings are discovered. These images depict daily rituals, such as hunting, pasturing, dancing, copulation, battle, and even sacrifice. They were created by the prehistoric tribes who inhabited the area and are dated between 3,000 to 10,000 years.

2. West Xia Imperial Tomb: West Xia Kingdom was once a powerful kingdom, with its capital in Yinchuan shaded by Mt. Helan imperial forests. Its Imperial Tombs reflect the past glories of culture and military. The West Xia Imperial Tombs is a state cultural heritage and state scenic spot. The magnificent labyrinth, the continuous Mt. Helan and boundless desert are worth visiting.


3. Hundred-and-Eight Pagodas: The Hundred-and-Eight Pagodas are located on the east slope of Xiakou Mountain on the west banks of the Yellow River in Qingtongxia City in the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region. All 108 pagodas were erected on an octagonal Sumeru base with a solid, overturned bowl shape. The number 108 probably refers to the 108 dharma bodies recorded in the Vajrashekhara Sutra.

4. Sand Lake Scenic Resort: Sand Lake is one of the best places to see birds from all over the China, with 198 species and more than one million birds. Sand Lake is a paradise for people who come to watch birds. Many birds can be seen there, including white cranes, black cranes, red-crowned cranes, swans, wild ducks and mandarin ducks.


5. Shapotou: Shapotou is regarded as one of the five most beautiful deserts in China and is widely recognized as the Capital of Sand. Standing on a sand hill, one can see the desert extending to the north, while to the south, a boundless oasis stretches out. Both the grandeur of the north of China and the elegance of the south come together in this lovely place.

6. The Yellow River Drift: Floating along the Yellow River on a sheepskin raft - the most unpretentious of vehicles - is something of a special thrill. The feat requires great courage but this does not mean that it is unsafe: experienced boatmen ensure that you not only feel a sense of excitement but also enjoy the fascinating scenery along the way.


7. Shapotou International Sand Slide Center: It is the biggest natural sand slide field in China. When the weather is fine, people sliding down the sand hill can hear the sound of the sand underneath them, a sound for all the world like tolling bells. It is an adventurous, breathtaking, strange and heady experience that is not designed for the weak of heart.

8. Huaxia Western Movie City: It is located in Zhenbeibao Ancient City, to the north of the Yinchuan. There are two ancient castles in Zhenbeibao which were built to defend against the invasion of the minorities to the north of Helan Mountain. Local people call them respectively "Old Castle" and "New Castle", since the former was built in 1500 and the latter in 1740.


9. Zhenbeibao Ancient City: Zhenbeibao Ancient City has a history of hundreds of years. With its classical and glorious style, it arouses the interest of many famous film artists in China and is described as a mysterious treasure. After some years of development, it became a place both for movie making and traveling. Strolling in the City, tourists can appreciate the charm of the ancient city as well as the model building structures seen in some famous films.

  Food in Yinchuan


Yinchuan, as a main cultural center for the Hui people in China, offers a variety of unique Muslim food as well as traditional Chinese fare. Visitors can not only sample authentic Islamic dishes but also taste some of the unique Hui cuisine.

The most representative dishes of Yinchuan are Qingzheng Yanggaorou (steamed lamb), Shouzhua Yangrou (mutton eaten with hands), Yangrou Paomo (shredded cake in mutton and beef soup), and Xiangsuji (spiced crisp chicken).


The traditional Gaiwancha (a kind of tea beverage), which is said to have originated during the Tang Dynasty, is also of Hui origin. This tea comes in a variety of flavors due to the different ingredients added such as brown sugar, white sugar, crystal sugar, five-savory (tea leaf, crystal sugar, longan, raisin, and dried apricot), and eight-treasure ( Chinese date, Barbary wolfberry fruit, walnut kernel, longan, gingili, raisin, white sugar and tea leaf).

In addition, various kinds of fish including cyprinoids, silver carp, and crucians produced around the Sand Lake Scenic Resort (Sha Hu) will surely satisfy your appetite.


Shopping in Yinchuan  

Here one can not only buy unique local products or souvenirs but also enjoy shopping in such an interesting place. Yinchuan China will provide you with many special agricultural products and tourist craftworks.


Yinchuan China is not a big city, yet there are some products here that are of local flavor. The famous 'Five Treasures': liquorice, Helan stone, sheepskin, Barbary wolfberry fruit and facai may be good choices for you. In addition, sunflowers, Chinese dates, tremellas, and folk porcelain can be bought at vendor's stands along the street. You can haggle over the price with sellers in such places.

Xinhua Department Store located in Xinhua Dongjie is the biggest shopping center in Yinchuan China which provides you a variety of commodities and you can buy local products such as flannelette blankets and Helan stone carvings here.


If you want to buy some cultural souvenirs or craftwork, the Cultural Relic Main Store of Ningxia will fulfil your wishes. It has cultural relics dating from the Neolithic Age to the Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties. Articles of bronze and Western Xia culture as well as replicas of cliff paintings of Helan Mountain are much sought after by collectors.

Nightlife in Yinchuan


Hui people are good at singing and dancing. You can enjoy folk songs of strong northwest flavor called Huizu Hua'er. You can listen to melodious music played on a special instrument called a Kouxian in the local showplaces or recreation rooms. Additionally, you can attend wonderful performances every month on the 1st and 15th days of the lunar calendar at Haibao Pagoda.

When the lights are lit each evening, you can wander along Xinhua Jie, Jiefang Jie, and South Gate Square or have a taste of snacks at the night market in Zhongshan Beijie.


In addition, dance halls, bowling alleys, swimming pools, gymnasiums as well as cafes, pubs, teashops, and various other entertainment centers can offer you an escape from the pressures of city life.


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Best Time to Visit Yinchuan China  

The best time to visit Yinchuan China is between May and October. Though summer temperatures soar greatly, the dry climate makes even the hottest days bearable. From June 16 to June 22, Yinchuan holds its annual Motorcycle Tourism Festival. Having convenient transportation, Yinchuan is well-connected. Airlines and railways connect the city with most major cities in China, including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Lanzhou, Chengdu, Wuhan and Urumqi.


Information on Yinchuan Transport  

By Air
Yinchuan is a hub of communications both in Ningxia and the surrounding areas. Located by the Yellow River, Yinchuan Hedong Airport is one of the domestic airports in China. It is presently connected to over 20 cities by either direct flights, or transferring in Xian and Beijing. The terminal building covers a total area of 15,000 square meters and is well equipped with updated checking facilities and services such as, a medical center and restaurants supplying food of Hui Nationality.


By Train
Yinchuan Railway Station is at Bao-Lan Railway is connected to every main line of travel and reaches to most ports in coastal areas. In addition, Zhongbao Railway is connected by the New Eurasia Land Bridge that can take you directly to Middle Asia and Europe via Xinjiang Province. There are nonstop trains from Yinchuan to Beijing, Lanzhou, Hohhot, Baotou, Datong, and Zhangjiakou, etc.

By Long-Distance Bus
Yinchuan Long-Distance Bus Station lies near South Gate Square. There are now nearly 30 long-distance bus routes going to every city or county of Ningxia as well as some areas of Inner Mongolia and Shaanxi Province. No.1 and No.2 bus can take you to the station.

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