Ningxia Shapotou
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Tour Overview

Our 3-day Ningxia Shapotou tour with wine-tasting experience is an incredible journey that will take you to a special local winery to taste some of China’s finest wines, take a jeep ride through the vast desert, and visit some of Ningxia’s most classic cultural sites. Now join us to explore the mysterious and beautiful Ningxia!

Highlights of this tour:

1. Visit the Western Xia Imperial Tombs, the best-preserved mausoleums of the Western Xia Dynasty, showcasing the Tangut civilization’s rich history and culture.
2. Indulge in a delightful wine-tasting experience at a local featured winery, savoring the flavors of the region’s renowned wines amidst the picturesque vineyards.
3. Experience the beauty of Shapotou, one of China’s most stunning deserts, with camel rides, sand tobogganing, and a boat trip down the Yellow River.
4. Experience the wooden movable-type printing with professional guidance – checking, typesetting, inking, and printing.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. Welcome to Yinchuan, a famous historical and cultural city in China! It was once the capital of the Western Xia Dynasty (1038-1227) in history. (It's suggested to arrive before 2 pm)

    After picking you up from Yinchuan Hedong Airport, your driver and guide will transfer you to Western Xia Imperial Tombs in about 3 hours. It is a magnificent testament to the grandeur of the Western Xia dynasty. These elaborate burial sites feature majestic mausoleums, statues, and intricate carvings, providing a glimpse into the imperial history of the region.

    Western Xia Imperial Tombs
    Western Xia Imperial Tombs

    At the end of the tour, you will be guided to experience wooden movable-type printing - checking, typesetting, inking, and printing. After that, escort you to your hotel in Yinchuan (50 mins) for the night. In the evening, you can enjoy local snacks and delicacies near the hotel on your own.

    Accommodation: in Yinchuan

    Ningxia Wooden Movable-type Printing Western Xia Imperial Tombs
    Experience wooden movable-type printing

  2. This morning, we set off to visit Shuidonggou Site Complex. With its unique Yardang landform, Shuidonggou has created more than twenty fantastic landscapes, in addition to the most complete underground soldier city left from the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and the late Paleolithic sites from 30,000 years ago. You will have a simulated live earthquake experience here.

    Ningxia Shuidonggou Site
    Shuidonggou Site

    After lunch, we will go to a local Winery, a vast circular building with the characteristics of ancient Chinese cities and a modern feel, made of nearly 200,000 Helan Mountain stones. Here you will have a 2.5-hour wine-tasting experience, accompanied by a look at the development of several wines.

    After the tour, head to Zhongwei for an overnight stay. (about a 3-hour drive)

    Accommodation: in Zhongwei (After mid-April, we will arrange for you to stay in a tented camp)

    Ningxia Wine Tasting
    Wine Tasting

  3. Have breakfast at the hotel and then go to Shapotou Scenic Area, amidst the stunning Tengger Desert, a remarkable destination offering a diverse range of activities for adults and children.

    Visitors can enjoy thrilling activities like sand sliding, quad biking, and camel riding. The area also boasts the famous "singing sand dunes" and a unique desert oasis. You can immerse yourself in the beauty of the desert landscape while experiencing exciting adventures and serene natural surroundings. In addition, you have the opportunity to experience sheepskin rafting on the Yellow River (at your own expense).

    Shapotou Camel Ride Ningxia
    Experience camel riding with your kid

    If there's not a lot of traffic, you will be taken on a tour of Route 66, which follows the Yellow River upstream through undulating reddish-brown valleys with a straight stretch as far as the eye can see.

    At the end of the day, you will be escorted to the airport for your flight home. (It's suggested to book a flight after 7 pm)

    Accommodation: N/A

    Recommended Items: Outdoor sand-proof, sunglasses, sunhat, sunscreen, headscarves (also cover your neck), desert boots or climbing shoes, sand-proof shoe covers, and covers to protect your phone and camera from the sand.

    Ningxia 66 Route
    66 Route

Tour Price Per Person

The price varies depending on the activity, number of people, travel date, and selected hotel. Please contact us for a specific price.


Price Includes

  • Private van with good air conditions;
  • Excellent English-speaking guides & experienced drivers;
  • 2 night's well-selected hotels with daily breakfasts;
  • Entrance tickets to the scenic spots as mentioned in the itinerary;
  • 1 bottle of mineral water for each person per day;
  • China Travel insurance.

Price Excludes

  • Flights to/off Yinchuan;
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Any optional activities inside the attractions, such as camel riding;
  • Any item not mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Single room supplement fee;
  • All kinds of gratuities for guides, drivers & others.
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