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Tour Overview

Ningxia, located in the remote, arid northwest, is the smallest Chinese province, rich with historical heritages: Buddhist statues, royal tombs of very ancient dynasties, and cave inscriptions.

Join us on a journey to the capital Yinchuan, where you will gain an in-depth understanding of the region’s history on a visit to Ningxia Museum, explore the beehive-shaped imperial tombs of the Western Xia Dynasty, have fun at the spacious, magnificent Tenger Desert, and overlook the Yellow River at Qintongxia Grand Canyon…

Highlights of this tour:

1. Explore the ancient rock carvings of Helan Mountain, dating back thousands of years, depicting scenes of hunting, animals, and Xixia inscriptions praising the Buddha.
2. Visit the Western Xia Imperial Tombs, the best-preserved mausoleums of the Western Xia Dynasty, showcasing the Tangut civilization’s rich history and culture.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. Spend an unforgettable night camping in the Tengger Desert, enjoying a breathtaking sunrise view and immersing yourself in the tranquility of the desert.
6. Discover the magnificent Qingtongxia Grand Canyon, known for its impressive geological formations, and explore the Shuidonggou Site, a historic Paleolithic excavation site and Great Wall defense base.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. Welcome to Yinchuan! Today we will pick you up from the airport. Then escort you to check in the hotel.

    Yinchuan is a famous historical and cultural city in China, which was once the capital of the Western Xia Dynasty (1038-1227) in history. After a good rest at the hotel, you can take a leisurely walk in the downtown city.

    Accommodation: in Yinchuan

  2. Today, we will first go to visit Ningxia Museum, where there is a rich collection of paleolithic, zoolith, bronze, ironware, bamboo ware, brick sculpture, and currency, showcasing the region's history and religion, buildings, cultural life, marriage, and funeral of local Hui Nationality.

    Ningxia Museum
    Ningxia Museum

    Then, explore Helan Mountain Rock Art, a captivating collection of ancient petroglyphs, etched onto the rugged cliffs. These remarkable carvings offer insights into the cultural and artistic heritage of the region, dating back thousands of years.

    Next, take a guided tour to the Western Xia Imperial Tombs, which are 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 Ningxia
    Western Xia Imperial Tombs

    Before return back to the hotel, we will spend a nice time tasting the wines grown at a local featured winery and enjoy the sunset over the vast vineyards.

    Accommodation: in Yinchuan

    Ningxia Wine Tasting
    Wine Tasting

  3. After breakfast, drive to Shapotou Scenic Area, amidst the stunning Tengger Desert, a remarkable destination offering a diverse range of activities for both 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 Sand Sliding Ningxia
    Experience Sand Sliding in Shapotou

    Following is the highlight today - heading to the camping base to experience overnight in the desert. (Only public washrooms are available due to the limited accommodation facilities in the desert)

    Accommodation: Tengger Desert Camping Base

    (If you want, we can also arrange a hotel for you. You Have to stay overnight in a hotel between November and the end of April due to the cold weather)

  4. Enjoy an amazing sunrise view in the camping base before breakfast.

    Then, drive about 2 hours to Qingtongxia Grand Canyon. It is a breathtaking natural wonder that mesmerizes visitors with its rugged beauty. Carved by the flowing Yellow River, the canyon showcases steep cliffs, deep gorges, and stunning rock formations.

    Ningxia Qingtongxia Grand Canyon
    Qingtongxia Grand Canyon

    Explorers can hike along scenic trails, witness the river's power, and admire the picturesque landscapes that make this canyon a true spectacle of nature.

    After lunch, head towards the Shuidonggou Site, an important archaeological site that offers a glimpse into ancient human history. With its well-preserved artifacts and evidence of early human activities, this site provides valuable insights into the prehistoric cultures and lifestyles of the region.

    Accommodation: in Yinchuan

    Ningxia Shuidonggou Site
    Shuidonggou Site

  5. Enjoy your free time in the morning before your driver picks you up at the hotel at about 14:00.

    Accommodation: N/A

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 conditioner;
  • Excellent English-speaking guides & experienced drivers;
  • 3 nights at boutique hotels with daily breakfasts;
  • Desert camping;
  • Entrance tickets to the scenic spots as mentioned in the itinerary;
  • 1 bottle of mineral water per person per day;
  • China Travel Insurance.

Price Excludes

  • Flight to/off Yinchuan;
  • Lunches or dinners throughout the itinerary;
  • Self-paid activities in Shapotou;
  • Any item not mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Single room supplement fee;
  • Tips to the guide and driver.
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