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Essential information

At a glance

Best time to go
Year round
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When to go and weather

Getting to Ningxia

Níngxià’s capital Yínchuān is the major flight hub, although Zhōngwèi has an airport, as does Bayanhot (for connections within Inner Mongolia). Trains connect Yínchuān, Zhōngwèi and Gùyuán with neighbouring provinces, as do long-distance buses.

Getting around Ningxia

Níngxià is so small you can cross it by vehicle it in a few hours. Buses go everywhere, sometimes slowly, while trains connect the major towns.

Health and safety


  • Comprehensive travel insurance to cover theft, loss and medical problems is highly recommended.
  • Some policies specifically exclude dangerous activities such as scuba diving, motorcycling, skiing and even trekking: read the fine print.
  • Check that the policy covers ambulances or an emergency flight home.
  • Find out in advance if your insurance plan will make payments directly to providers or reimburse you later for overseas health expenditures.
  • If you have to claim later, make sure you keep all documentation.
  • Paying for your airline ticket with a credit card often provides limited travel accident insurance – ask your credit card company what it is prepared to cover.
  • Worldwide travel insurance is available at www.lonelyplanet.com/travel-insurance. You can buy, extend and claim online anytime – even if you’re already on the road.
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