Top things to do in Yínchuān

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…
Top Choice Chinese in Yínchuān

Xiānhè Lóu

This fantastic, cavernous place opens round the clock, serving both big spenders and budget-seekers. You could splash out on the pricey fish dishes or the gorgeous kǎoyángpái (烤羊排; barbecued ribs; ¥108) from the pic…
Top Choice Peking Duck in Yínchuān

Quánjùdé

If you pine for Peking duck, Quánjùdé steps up to the plate. For ¥76 you get half a duck, a meal for one, served with cucumber, scallions and hoisin sauce. Purists maintain that the best Peking duck is served within…
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…
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…
Dumplings in Yínchuān

Dà Mā Jiǎozi Guǎn

This popular place is dedicated to Chinese dumplings which come by the jīn, but you can order a half or quarter jīn, and there are all sorts of beef, prawn and vegie options as well as pot-stickers (锅贴; guōtiē) – de…
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…
Bar in Yínchuān

Liángyuán Bar

This pretty standard, rock-steady bar has been dishing up drinks and live music since 1998. It's a seasoned spot with cratered and scratched tables, Tiffany lampshades and a range of Belgian brews plus other cheaper…
Archaeological Site in Yínchuān

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 Yínchuān

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…