Attractions

Top Choice Buddhist Pagoda in Yínchuān

Hǎibǎo Pagoda

This fantastically well-preserved pagoda in the north of town is a beauty. Its cross-shaped (from above), straight-edged and tapering form was exquisitely built. The pagoda was slightly damaged during the 2008 Sìchu…
Temple in Zhōngwèi

Gāo Temple

Gāo Temple means 'High Temple', and this is one of the most extraordinary temples in China, where the three faiths of Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism are revered, although Buddhist deities are clearly in the ascen…
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 …
Mosque in Tóngxīn

Great Mosque

Of all the mosques in Níngxià, the most hallowed is the Great Mosque. Dating back to the 14th century (although the present mosque was built in 1573 and then renovated in 1791), it was the only one of Níngxià’s 1000…
Historic Site in Yínchuān

Western Xià Tombs

The Western Xia Tombs, which resemble giant beehives, are Níngxià’s most celebrated sight. The first tombs were built a millennium ago by Li Yuanhao, the founder of the Western Xia dynasty. There are nine imperial t…
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…
Archaeological Site in Hèlán Shān

Hèlán Shān Rock Carvings

The most significant sight in Hèlán Shān are these ancient rock carvings, thought to date back 10,000 years. Over 2000 pictographs depict animals, hunting scenes and faces, including one (so local guides like to cla…
Park in Hèlán Shān

Sūyùkǒu National Forest Park

This park is a good place to start exploring the Hèlán mountains. You can hike up the trails from the car park or take the cable car (up/down ¥50/30) straight up to cool pine-covered hills. Bus Y2 (游二路; ¥15, two hou…
Buddhist Site in Yínchuān

108 Dagobas

This unusual arrangement of Tibetan-style Buddhist dagobas, or stupas, is 83km south of Yínchuān, not far from the town of Qīngtóngxiá (青铜峡). The 12 rows of (much renovated) brick vaselike structures date from the Y…
Buddhist Pagoda in Yínchuān

Chéngtiānsì Pagoda

Climb the 13 storeys of steep, narrow stairs of this brick pagoda topped with a green spire for 360-degree views of Yínchuān. The pagoda is also known as Xī Tǎ (西塔; West Pagoda) and dates back almost 1000 years to t…