Top things to do

Cave in Gùyuán

Xūmí Shān

These magnificent Buddhist grottoes (Xūmí is the Chinese transliteration of the Sanskrit sumeru, or Buddhist paradise) some 50km northwest of Gùyuán are southern Níngxià’s must-see sight. Cut into the five adjacent …
Park in Gùyuán

Liùpán Shān Guójiā Sēnlín Gōngyuán

Those on the trail of Genghis Khan will want to visit southern Níngxià’s Liùpán Shān, where some maintain the great man died in 1227. Legend attests that the Mongol emperor fell ill and came here to ingest medicinal…
Historic Site in Gùyuán

Gùyuán City Wall

Largely demolished during the tenure of Mao Zedong, Gùyuán's city wall has mostly vanished, but you can explore its earthen remnants between the two gates of Hépíng Mén (和平门) and Jìngshuò Mén (靖朔门). Just around the …
Market in Gùyuán

Xiǎochī Night Market

This alley of food stalls runs till the break of dawn and specialises in delicious shāguō (砂锅; mini hotpot), as well as shāokǎo (barbecue) kebabs and noodles. Dishes are on display, so you can pick and choose. It’s …
Museum in Gùyuán

Gùyuán Museum

For such an out-of-the-way place, Gùyuán’s museum is rather good, with Neolithic-era artefacts, Tangut ceramics and some fine figurines from the Northern Wei dynasty. Decent English captions, too. At the time of wri…
Taoist Site in Gùyuán

City God Temple

A rare vestige of old Gùyuán is this smoky and dusty, single-hall affair, with colourful banners flapping in the breeze outside and the City God enthroned within.