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We had an absolutely perfect day with our tour guide - Rogin Luo - who took us for a hike along The Great Wall! Didn't know what to expect and were thrilled to have him as our guide. Very imformative, knowledgable and fun! We go to experience a part of The Great Wall that was unrestored and see all its natural beauty. Got a long history lesson along the way!

After the hike, we all went to lunch at a small place at the bottom of the hill. Located in a house, we ate lunch in the proprietors bedroom! What a hoot! Rogin is the Best of the Best! This tour company delivered for us and we are extremely grateful.

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Yinchuan Travel Guide
Yinchuan, the capital of Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, lies in the middle of the Ningxia Plain, close to Yellow River and sheltered from Helan Mountain.

Yinchuan is a famous ancient fortress with more than 1300 years history.
The city of Yinchuan was first built in the early times of Tang dynasty. In the times of emperor Wudi in Han, there was a city called Diannong. The people of Han nation called it Lv City, but the people of Xiongnu and Xianbei nations called it Yinhan City. And this city was Yinchuan in the past.
In the early period of 5th century BC, the emperor of Hsia called Helianbobo built here as an advertisement and stationing place named Lizi Country. In 1227, after Yuan wiped out Xi-Hsia, the city was set up Xi-Hsia Zhongxing province, then changed the name into Ningxia province.
In 1958, Yinchuan became the capital city of Ningxia Hui nation Autonomous Region.
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.

It is served by a river port at Hengcheng, about 15 km to the east. Until the 1950s, the river, which is navigable downstream as far as Baotou in the Inner Mongolian autonomous region and upstream to Zhongwei and Zhongning, was the chief communication link. Ningxia has a civil aviation airport which is in the southeast of Yinchuan City and has direct flights to scores of cities, such as Beijing, Xian, Lanzhou and Baotou.
Highways also link the city to Baotou along the river, to Lanzhou in Gansu province to the southwest, to Wuwei in Gansu to the west, and to Xi'an in Shaanxi province to the southeast.
Since 1958 the city has been on the railway from Lanzhou to Baotou and is thus linked to other parts of China by rail.

Most of the food in Yinchuan is strongly Islamic influenced, since almost 30% of the population here is of the Muslim Hui Minority. Muslim restaurants and food stalls are found on almost every street.
The most common of these dishes are of the lamb and beef variety, accompanied by dumplings and noodles, varieties of naan style bread, flagelliform nostoc and blended teas.
The local food includes Saute Cyprinoid with Sweet and Sour Sauce, Dove Fish, Plain Steamed Lamb Meat, Sweetbread of Lamb, Mutton Eaten by Hands, etc.
You can also taste the Western food and seafood in Yinchuan.

The night scene of Yinchuan city is beautiful. Visitors could enjoy the sunset at Lanshan Park, walk along Tuanjie Road and Yuehaiwan CBD, and take photos at Drum Tower, Yellow River Pagoda, South Gate. To taste the local snacks, visitors could go to the Metropolis MiddleStreet, Huaiyuan Night Market, The Eyes of Ning Xia, Gulou Shangjie. In summer, visitors could also enjoy the light show at Xixia Culture Park.

Yinchuan has a desert climate with cold and windy (but dry) winters, dust-laden springs, hot and somewhat humid summers, and rather short autumns.
Monthly means range from −7.9 °C (17.8 °F) in January to 23.5 °C (74.3 °F) in July, with the mean for year at 9.0 °C (48.2 °F). Rainfall, is not heavy during any season, not even summer. Diurnal temperature differences tend to be large due to the aridity, which also partly contributes to the high annual sunshine hour total of just over 2,900 hours. There are 158 frost-free days.

West Xia Imperial Tombs
Located on the eastern slopes of the Helan Mountains, about 35 kilometers west of the city of Yinchuan, 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. All the mausoleum gardens faced south, and their architectural forms above ground have some unique
characteristics, though they are quite similar to mausoleums of the Tang and Northern Song dynasties in Gongxian County.
At present, only two tombs are open to the public, of which the mausoleum of Emperor Hao (the mausoleum of Weiming Yuan Hao) is the most prominent.
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Sand Lake Scenic Resort
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, black cranes, red-crowned cranes, swans, wild ducks and mandarin ducks. Yinchuan Travel Guide

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.
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.

Chengtiansi Pagoda
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. The admission fee is RMB 22.

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