China - Ningxia (Chapter)
This is the Níngxià chapter from Lonely Planet’s China guidebook.
Níngxià was once the frontline between the empires of the Mongols and the Han Chinese and there is a host of historic sites here, ranging from little-seen Buddhist statues to the royal tombs of long-past dynasties, as well as ancient rock carvings that predate any emperor. And as the homeland of the Muslim Hui ethnic minority, Níngxià is culturally unique, too.
- head to the imperial Western Xia Tombs outside Yínchuān, a rare reminder of this long-extinct culture
- slide down the sand dunes at desert playground Shāpōtóu
- visit the little-seen Buddhist grottoes with hundreds of statues at Xūmí Shān
- restaurants & accommodation
Coverage includes: Yínchuān & around, Zhōngwèi & around, and Gùyuán & around.
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