Yinchuan attractions

Top Choice Buddhist Pagoda in Yinchuan

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…
Historic Site in Yinchuan

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…
Buddhist Site in Yinchuan

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 Yinchuan

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…
Archaeological Site in Yinchuan

Shuǐ Dòng Gōu

The archaeological site of Shuǐ Dòng Gōu, 25km east of Yínchuān, right on the border with Inner Mongolia, has been turned into something of an adventure theme park. The site is divided into two parts; the first is a…
Gate in Yinchuan

Nánxūn Mén

The sole surviving gate of the old town wall, Nánxūn Mén looks south out onto Nanmen Sq (南门广场; Nánmén Guǎngchǎng) from its position east of Nanxun Dongjie. The two viewing platforms were added in the 1970s, making a…
Notable Building in Yinchuan

Jade Emperor Pavilion

Lending its name to Yuhuangge Jie, this imposing Qing-dynasty structure is dedicated to the Jade Emperor and originally served as a Taoist temple. It sadly cannot be accessed, but can be appreciated from the outside…
Historic Site in Yinchuan

Yínchuān Drum Tower

The town's good-looking Drum Tower – any historic Chinese city with any self-worth should have one – presides over the confluence of Jiefang Lu and Gulou Jie. It cannot be entered, so today only serves a decorative …
Mosque in Yinchuan

Nánguān Mosque

This modern Middle Eastern–style mosque is a 1981 rebuild of the Ming-dynasty mosque that was entirely destroyed during the Cultural Revolution
Museum in Yinchuan

Níngxià Museum

Located halfway between the new and old cities, this cavernous, well-mounted museum contains an extensive collection of rock art, Silk Road–era pottery and ancient Korans as well as the requisite hall of communist p…