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Friday, March 11th, 2011
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West Xia Imperial Tombs

Plan your Ningxia Tour? As the capital of the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, Yichuan is an often-overlooked city that is irrigated by the mighty Yellow River amidst the arid landscape of China’s dry northwest. Making up 28% of the city’s population, the Hui influence throughout the city is obvious.
Yinchuan has a desert climate (Köppen BWk) with cold and windy (but dry) winters, dust-laden springs, hot and somewhat humid summers, and rather short autumns.

 
Features & Attractions
Sand Lake Scenic Resort
West Xia Imperial Tombs
Chengtiansi Pagoda
Haibao Pagoda
Jade Emperor Pavilion
Nanguan Mosque
Shapotou
Helanshan Rock Carving
Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region Museum
 
Sand Lake Scenic Resort
Located on the desert plains of
Ningxia, just 56 kilometers outside the capital city Yinchuan, The Sand Lake is one of Ningxia’s well-renowned scenic destinations, famed for its spectacular scenery of the peaceful lake, soft sand, aquatic reed and amazing sand sculptures.
The desert of the scenic area spans an area of 12.7 square kilometers on which tourist and experience exciting desert activities such as motorbike sliding and camel riding. To the east of the desert flows the mighty Yellow River, to the west lays the towering Helan Mountain Range.
Ticket Price: 60Yuan (peak seasons); 40 Yuan (low seasons)
Opening Time: 08:00-18:00
How to get there: get a bus from Yinchuan Beimen Tour Bus Station to thr Sand Lake Scenic Area
 
West Xia Imperial Tombs
The West Xia Imperial Tombs are 25 kilometers (15.5 miles) west of Yinchuan on east side of Mt. Helan. The Western Xia Empire was founded by Emperor Yuanhao in 1038 and established itself as a popular empire amongst the Qiang Minority of
Ningxia.
At the height of its power and splendour, the empire was amalgamated into an area of around 830, 000 square kilometers, including Ningxia, Gansu, East Qinghai, North Shaanxi, East Xinjiang, West Inner-Mongolia and the south part of the Republic of Mongolia. The empire passed through 10 emperors in its short ruling duration of 190 years and was conquered by the Mongolian empire in 1227.
Ticket Price: 40Yuan
Opening Time: 08:00-19:00 (Wu Imperial Tomb); 08:00-21:00 (Museum and Art Museum)
How to get there: Buses No. 1, 2, 4 or 18 to the Train Station, and then rent a car to the West Xia Imperial Tombs
 
Chengtiansi Pagoda
Chengtiansi Pagoda (the ”Western Pagoda”) is located in Yinchuan’s Chengtian Temple (Chengtian Si) and is known to be the tallest ancient brick pagoda in the region, dating back to 1050.
Chengtiansi Pagoda is the only one to record its actual building time in writing. Chengtiansi Pagoda has been well preserved and become one of key protected cultural relic sites. In addition, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region Museum is located in the Temple. It mainly displays rare cultural relics of the Western Xia Dynasty and Ningxia, and has now become one of the most important places to visit for both sightseeing and recreational purposes.
Ticket Price: 5Yuan
Opening Time: 08:00-17:00
How to get there: take Bus No .2 from Nanmen
 
Haibao Pagoda
Located about 1.5 kilometers northwest of downtown Yinchuan in the 
Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, the Haibao Pagoda Temple is one of the major Buddhist temples opened to public in China. And, the pagoda in the temple is the most ancient Buddhist architecture in Ningxia, and is among the first group of national key cultural relics sites.
Surrounded by exuberant poplars, willows and other trees, the temple has a quiet surrounding. It is said that there was a lake here long ago and the Haibao Pagoda was situated on an island in the lake. Bulrushes grew thickly in the lake and a lot of fish stayed in the water. Every March 4 of the lunar year, people got out of the city and crossed the lake by boat to attend the annual temple fair.
Entrance Fee: CNY 10
Opening Hours: 09:00-17:00
How to get there: take a taxi to Haibao Pagoda from downtown area
 
Jade Emperor Pavilion
Situated at the crossroads of Jiefang Road and Yuhuangge Street in Yinchuan City, Jade Emperor Pavilion has a  history of more than 600 years. As the name suggests, the Jade Emperor’s Pavilion is dedicated to the worship of the Jade Emperor, or Thni Kong.
The Jade Emperor Pavilion is the main structure within a group of buildings and has a height of about 22 meters (72 feet) and covers an area of about 1040 square meters (1244 square yards). It stands on a rectangular rammed-earth base, through which runs a north-south archway; there are steps providing access to the pavilion on the north-western side.
Ticket Price: free
Opening Time: the whole day
How to get there: Bus No. 1 from the train station
 
Nanguan Mosque
The Yinchuan Nanguan Mosque is an Arabic style Mosque located in the heart of a thriving metropolis, and is the home of the Islamic Cultural Center in Yinchuan, as well as the main location of prayer.
The Nanguan Mosque is endowed with Islamic architectural style that is characterized by grand domes, long tines and arch doors and windows. The temple is stylishly outfitted with fountains adoring all the gardens, the walls are covered in marble and as well as several ancient artworks and frescos, many imported or inspired by works from the Middle-East.
Ticket Price: 10Yuan
Opening Time: the whole day
How to get there: Buses No. 1, 2, 3, 11, 19, or 20 to Nanguan Mosque; or take a taxi to get there
 
Shapotou
Shapotou, situated in Zhongwei city, about 200km away from Yinchuan, was appraised by the National Tourism Administration as the AAAA class.
Shapotou Tourism Area is regarded as one of the five most beautiful deserts in China, and is widely recognized as the Capital of Sand. Standing on the sand hill, one can see the desert extending to the north, and to the south, a boundless oasis. Both the grandeur of the north of China and the elegance of the south come together in this lovely place.
 
Helan Shan Rock Carving
Helan Mountain Scenic Area, home to The Suyu Canyon Naional Park, is located 50 kilometers outside of Yinchuan. there are tens of thousands of rock carvings by ancient nomadic tribes, which are known as Helanshan Rock Carvings.
According to the textual research by specialists, these rock carvings can be dating back to 6000 years before the dynasties of Ming and Qing. Most of the Helanshan Rock Carvings are concentrated at Helankou Pass. The paintings were drawn in various styles with profound connotation and scattered only in certain areas. Helanshan Rock carvings have produced a great influence on the world.
Ticket Price: 10Yuan
Opening Time: 08:00-16:00
How to get there: You can rent a car to Helan Shan Rock Carving from Zhengbeibao which will cost you 20 Yuan with half a hour journey.
 
Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region Museum
The 
Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region Museum, located in the capital of the region, l Yinchuan city, in the old city district, is a comprehensive historical museum of provincial level in China. The Museum was prepared in 1959 and officially completed in 1973.
The Museum has collected over 10,000 cultural relics, of which 45 are Class One collection. The overwhelming majority of the relics collected by the Museum were obtained from archeological survey and field excavation with the exception of small quantity of collected items and the items left over through the ages.
Ticket Price: free
Opening Time: 08:00-18:00 (closed on Monday)
How to get there: take Buses No .2, 17, 20, 25, 31, 32, 33, 45 or 102 to get there
 
 

Top 10 Attractions in Yinchuan, Top Things to Do in Yinchuan

Thursday, January 13th, 2011
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Plan your Yinchuan tour?  Ningxia’s capital city of Yinchuan is often your springboard to start your exploration into the scenic province.  Yichuan itself is also worth your 2-3 day trip.   The top 10 attractions list below may help you plan your short trip to Yinchuan.

No. 01: West Xia Imperial Tombs (西夏王陵)
Located on the eastern slopes of the Helan Mountains, about 35 kilometers west of the city of Yincuan, the West Xia Imperial Tombs covers an area of about 50 square kilometers.

According to records, the tombs were patterned after Song Tombs in Gongxian County, Henan Province. Like other imperial tombs, Western Xia mausoleums were composed of two architectural units, the mausoleum gardens above ground and underground palaces. At present, only two tombs are open to the public, of which the mausoleum of Emperor Hao is the most prominent.

Entrance Fee: CNY 40
Opening Hours: 08:00-19:00 (Wu Imperial Tomb); 08:00-21:00 (Museum and Art Museum)
How to get there: take Buses No. 1, 2, 4 or 18 to the Train Station, and then rent a car to the West Xia Imperial Tombs

West Xia Imperial Tomb

West Xia Imperial Tomb

No. 02: Western Film Studio (西部影视城)
Located at Zhenbeibu, the northwest of Yinchuan Zhenbeibu China West Film Studio is one of the three biggest film studios in China and the most famous film studio in western China.

The West Film Studio was set up by famous Chinese writer Zhang Xianliang in 1992. More than eighty movies have been filmed in this film studio. There is a special service for visitors. If you want to be a part of your favorite movie, the film studio can make it come true. With its complete facilities, they can make a short video for you. It will be a fantastic experience.

Entrance Fee: CNY 100
Opening Hours:
How to get there: the minibus from Wenzhou Shangcheng to Huaxicun will take you to the Western Film Studio

Western Film Studio

Western Film Studio

No. 03: Sand Lake Scenic Resort (沙湖)
Sand Lake, located in Pingluo County of the Ningxia Autonomous Region, is one of the most exciting lakes to visit in China. The Sand Lake is about 80 square kilometers with reaching 45 square kilometers of water surface and 22.52 square kilometers of desert surface.

In possession of nearly 10,000mu water areas, 5,000mu sandbanks, 2,000mu bulrush, 1,000mu lotus root ponds, Shahu Lake district is abundant in fishes and fowls. Every year during spring and autumn, over one million migratory birds stop at Sand Lake. It is a paradise for the birdwatcher as well as a great variety of birds, including white cranes, swans, wild ducks and mandarin ducks.

Entrance Fee: CNY 60 (peak seasons); CNY 40 (low seasons)
Opening Hours: 08:00-18:00
How to get there: get a bus from Yinchuan Beimen Tour Bus Station to thr Sand Lake Scenic Area

Sand Lake Scenic Resort

Sand Lake Scenic Resort

No. 04: Chengtiansi Pagoda (承天寺塔)
Chengtiansi Pagoda, also known as the Western Pagoda in the Chengtian Temple, is situated in the southwest of Yinchuan, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region.
The pagoda was first built in 1050 during the Song Dynasty.

The pagoda underwent repeated repairs in the Ming and Qing dynasties. It was originally built in 1050 with a height of 64.5 meters, 13-story structure and octagon in shape, and a flight of wooden stairs reach to the 11 floors. Chengtiansi Pagoda has been well preserved and become one of key protected cultural relic sites.

Entrance Fee: CNY 5
Opening Hours: 08:00-17:00
How to get there: take Bus No .2 from Nanmen

Chengtiansi Pagoda

Chengtiansi Pagoda

No. 05: Haibao Pagoda (海宝塔)
Located about 1.5 kilometers northwest of downtown Yinchuan in the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, the Haibao Pagoda Temple is one of the major Buddhist temples opened to public in China.

A 53.9-metre-high 11-floor pavilion like brick structure with a history of 1,500 years, HaibaoPagoda is the city emblem of Yinchuan. Haibao Pagoda is a pavilion-style pagoda, with nine tiers and eleven flights of stairs. A wooden stairway inside the pagoda conducts to the 9th floor for a look at the city’s landscape. The Haibao Pagoda Temple has become an important scenic spot with its entirely new appearance.

Entrance Fee: CNY 10
Opening Hours: 09:00-17:00
How to get there: take a taxi to Haibao Pagoda from downtown area

 Haibao Pagoda

Haibao Pagoda

No. 06: Jade Emperor Pavilion
Situated at the crossroads of Jiefang Road and Yuhuangge Street in Yinchuan, the Jade Emperor pavilion, with its history of more than 600 years, was built originally during the Ming Dynasty.

The Jade Emperor Pavilion was built on a rectangular rammed-earth platform 37 meters long, 28.1 meters wide, and 8 meters high. This is the only remaining traditional wooden structure in Yinchuan and you are sure to be left with a deep impression.

Entrance Fee: free
Opening Hours: the whole day
How to get there: take Bus No. 1 from the train station

Jade Emperor Pavilion

Jade Emperor Pavilion

No. 07: Helan Shan Rock Carving (贺兰山岩画)
Around the hillsides of the Helanshan, 40 km off the Yinchuan
City, there are tens of thousands of rock carvings by ancient nomadic tribes, which are known as Helanshan Rock Carvings.

According to the textual research by specialists, these rock carvings can be dating back to 6000 years before the dynasties of Ming and Qing. Most of the Helanshan Rock Carvings are concentrated at Helankou Pass. The paintings were drawn in various styles with profound connotation and scattered only in certain areas. Helanshan Rock carvings have produced a great influence on the world.
Entrance Fee: CNY 10
Opening Hours: 08:00-16:00
How to get there: You can rent a car to Helan Shan Rock Carving from Zhengbeibao which will cost you 20 Yuan with half a hour journey.

Helan Shan Rock Carving

Helan Shan Rock Carving


No. 08: Nanguan Mosque
The Nanguan Mosque, one of the largest mosques in the Ningxia in North China, is located at the Yuhuang Pavilion South Street, Xingqing District, southeast of the Yinchuan city.

As the biggest mosques in Yinchuan, Nanguan Mosque has a high status among the Hui people. The Nanguan Mosque has a 22-metre-tall, 945-wquare-metre Prayer Hall that can seat 1,000 worshipers. On top of the main building, there stand five green hemispherical decorations in center. The Nanguan Mosque is famous for its unique, graceful structure and classical Islamic architectural style.Entrance Fee: CNY 10
Opening Hours: the whole day
How to get there: take Buses No. 1, 2, 3, 11, 19, or 20 to Nanguan Mosque; or take a taxi to get there

Nanguan Mosque

Nanguan Mosque


No. 09: Suyukou National Forest Park (苏峪口国家森林公园)

Suyukou National Forest Park is located in the Helan National Natural Reserve, about 25 kilometers away from the southwest of Yinchuancity.

The Suyukou National Forest Park is rich in natural scenery spots and has unique cultural landscape which covers an area of nearly 1,000,000 hectare.Visitors can enjoy the rich culture of the park, such as Religious culture, Western Xia culture, and rock carvings culture. Every slope has a name, every turning has a legend and every mountain has a story.


Entrance Fee: CNY 60
Opening Hours: 08:00-17:00
How to get there: You can rent a car form Zhenbeibao which will cost you about 60 RMB

Suyukou National Forest Park

Suyukou National Forest Park


No. 10: Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region Museum
The Museum of Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, located at the Chengtian Buddhist Temple in Yinchuan City, is a comprehensive historical museum of provincial level in China.

The Museum has collected over 10,000 cultural relics, of which 45 are Class One collection, among which are the ink-stick unearthed from a Han tomb at Guyuan County of Ningxia, the gold-plated copper bull unearthed from a Western Xia (1038-1227) tomb, and a silk banner presented to the leader of the Hui nationality by the Red Army.

Entrance Fee: free

Opening Hours: 08:00-18:00 (closed on Monday)
How to get there: take Buses No .2, 17, 20, 25, 31

Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region Museum

Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region Museum

Tip:  Hassle-free Yinchuan Guided Tours
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If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for Yinchuan Guided Tours:

Yinchuan One Day Excursion Tour  from US$ 95 p/p
Yinchuan 3 Day Tour   from US$ 235 p/p
Yinchuan Car Rental with Driver

Further Readings


Top 10 Attractions in Yinchuan
How to Visit Yinchuan in 2 Days
Western Xia Imperial Tombs
Helan Mountain Rock Art
Great Wall at Shuidonggou
West Film Studio
Yinchuan Taxi

Any questions, just drop a line.

Yinchuan Taxi: Yinchuan Taxi Fares, Tips and Phones

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010
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Plan your Yinchuan tour? At the time of my writing, Yinchuan has currently over 5,000 registered taxis. The present number has a large gap with the national standard that the number of taxi should not be less than 2 per thousand persons. So, it is still a little difficult to hail a taxi on the streets in Yinchuan.
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If you want to rent a car with driver to visit Yinchuan on your own way, check out the link for more information: Yinchuan Car Rental.

Taxi Models in Yinchuan
The main type of taxi in Yinchuan is Xiali, Lingyang, Fukang, Jetta and Kia.

Yinchuan Taxi Fares:
•A flat fee of RMB7 covers the first 3km
•RMB1 with each additional 1.4km
•At night, all the charges increase by 20%

Taxi Call in Yinchuan
Tel: 0951-5056601

Hailing a Yinchuan City Taxi
•The best places to hail a taxi is near the Station, Scenic Spots, Hotel.
•It is very easy to hail a taxi on the streets. People prefer to hail a taxi near a bus stop instead of those taxi stands.

Yinchuan Taxi rider’s rights
As a taxi rider, you have the rights below:
Direct drive to your destination and no compulsory car pooling
Go to any destination in and beyond Yinchuan
Your car driver knows the streets in Yinchuan and the way to major destinations in Yinchuan;
Your driver should know and abide by all traffic laws;
Air-conditioning on demand;
A radio-free trip;
No Smoking
A clean passenger seat area;
A clean trunk
A driver uses the horn only when necessary to warn of danger;
No Tipping

Yinchuan Taxi Stands
There are no particular taxi stands in Yinchuan. People just hail a taxi anywhere it is safe.

Yinchuan Taxi Complaints
If you have any problem with a taxi in Yinchuan, pleas contace the following:
Yinchuan Taxi Complaining No. Tel: 0951-1996/6739183

Yinchuan Taxi Useful Information
•Using a meter instead of bargaining with the cab driver
•Refusing a forced pooling taxi
•The Long-distance Bus Station – Yichuan Hedong Airport: RMB80-100
•Yinchuan Hedong Airport – YInchuan City Center : RMB100
•The Railway Station – the City Center: RMB15

Tip:  Hassle-free Yinchuan Guided Tours
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If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for Yinchuan Guided Tours:

Yinchuan One Day Excursion Tour  from US$ 95 p/p
Yinchuan 3 Day Tour   from US$ 235 p/p
Yinchuan Car Rental with Driver

Further Readings


Top 10 Attractions in Yinchuan
How to Visit Yinchuan in 2 Days
Western Xia Imperial Tombs
Helan Mountain Rock Art
Great Wall at Shuidonggou
West Film Studio
Yinchuan Taxi

Any questions, just drop a line.