Helan Mountain Rock Paintings
Yinchuan has a large number of rock paintings depicting the activities and thoughts of the ancient inhabitants, the most representative of which are the Helan Mountain rock paintings. They are unique in style, with animals, figures, weapons, plants, tools, buildings, and various abstract symbols, recording details and events of the lives of the original clan tribes, such as grazing, hunting, sacrificial ceremonies, and fighting on the vast land of the Ningxia Plain. The artistic style is similar to that of Chinese Neolithic pottery and primitive sculpture. It reveals the animism, fetishism, and totem worship of the primitive clans. It explores the complex and often ritualistic relationship of humans with each other and nature, and its impact on their lives.
Traffic: Shuttle bus from Xinyue Square to the scenic spot every morning.
Shahu (Sand Lake)
About 56 kilometers north to Yinchuan, Shahu is a place where water meets the desert. A stunning contrast between the golden sand and the clear lake sculpts the landscape. Taking in the breathtaking view while traveling on the ferry across the lake, it is easy to forget that the western part of China is known for its drought. An odd serenity permeates the landscape, which simultaneously bursts with life due to the variety of aquatic life found in the lake and the bleak desolation that surrounds it. Due to the influx of groundwater of the Yellow River, it remains filled with water year round, providing a much needed respite for the surrounding arid regions. As the lake originates from streams from the upper reaches of the Yellow river, the water is pristine and unpolluted, making for fine fish and shrimp to flourish.
Traffic: Tourist Line from Beimen Tourist Bus Station on Qinghe North Street, Yinchuan City.
Western Xia Museum
Located in the Western Xia Imperial Tombs extent, the museum displays the history of the rise and fall of the Western Xia regime.The museum is modern and exotic, occupying an area of 5,300 square meters. It has nine exhibition halls which exhibit historical and cultural relics. In addition to the world-famous Western Xia monument, there is also a quaint Muyuan Tower, a national treasure class relic that reflects the superb architectural design at that time. Besides, copper pots, gold bowls and chains also boast typical ethnic characteristics.
Traffic: Shuttle bus from Beimen Tourist Bus Station at Yinchuan to the location.
Located in Zhenbeibao Town, Xixia District, Yinchuan, it is one of the three major studios in China. The studios provide settings that is primitive, wild and desolate, allowing storytellers to bring their dazzling tales to life. There are more than 200 important scenes of various films and TV shows, which have developed into a miniature ancient small towns in northern China. They have concentrated a large number of traditional Chinese material cultures and intangible cultural heritage, recreating the lifestyle, production, and entertainment of ancient Chinese. The founder of the studios is Zhang Xianliang, a famous Chinese writer, whose novel was put into the film Herdsmen which was filmed here. In addition, a number of outstanding films and TV shows were produced here, such as Red Sorghum, A Ballad of the Yellow River, A Chinese Odyssey, and The New Dragon Gate Inn.
Traffic: Tourist line from Xinyue Square at Yinchuan City to Zhenbeibao Studios.
Ethnic Hui’s Cultural Park
It is located in Najiahu Village, a well known village with a long history and culture. The park and the ancient Najiahu Grand Mosque stand together. In the park, one could see the Islamic architecture, Hui’s traditions on religion, etiquette, agriculture, commerce and cuisine. There is a museum in the park, which allows visitors to learn the history of ancient Hui people and the profundity of the Hui culture. The park is heightened by a golden ceremonial hall, which is a multi-functional art hall. Visitors are advised to respect the sanctity of the religious sites: They are required to take off their shoes and cover their heads properly for women. Loud noise, lying on the gound, and gestures from non-Islamic religions are prohibited.
Traffic: Bus 302