The Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region lies along the western part of the Yellow River and is bordered by Inner Mongolia to the north and west, Shaanxi to the east and Gansu to the south. The region was once a part of the Silk Road that connected China with central Asia and Europe.
Yinchuan is the capital of the Ningxia Autonomous Region and is one of China’s famous historical and cultural cities. During the Song dynasty, the Western Xia Dynasty (otherwise known as the Tangut Empire) was established in Yinchuan. It was a state that existed for 189 years, from 1038 to 1227. As a result, the current Yinchuan is rich in Xia culture, such as Western Xia Mausoleum (Xixia Mausoleum), which is called the Pyramids of China.
On this tour, we are going to visit Western Xia Mausoleum and do some gentle hike on wild Great Wall.
All meals listed as breakfast as B, Lunch as L and Dinner as D.
Day 1 Arrive in Yinchuan, Western Xia Mausoleum
Take the morning flight from Beijing to Yinchuan.
Be greeted by the guide and transfer to the Western Xia Mausoleum. The Mausoleum is located 30 kilometers west of Yinchuan. They were originally created by the founder of the Western Xia Kingdom, Li Yuanhao since the early from the 11th century to 13th century. The mausoleum covers an area of 50 kilometers. It is called as “Pyramids of China”.
In the afternoon, after visiting Western Xia Tombs, transfer to the hotel.
Overnight Tongfu Hotel Yinchuan
OR: Kempinski Hotel Yinchuan
Day 2: The Ming Great Wall, Yinchuan to Beijing
After early breakfast in the hotel, check out and drive to Xiaolongtou section of the Ming Great Wall, which is located on the eastern riverside of Yellow River.
We are going to hike about 2-3 hours on the ancient Great Wall in the morening.
Then, drive about 20 minutes to visit the Shuidonggou ruin area. In Shuidonggou, you will see some impressive scenic sites and the Shuodonggou Ruins Museum. You also can visit the Ming Dynasty Great Wall in that area and Cangbingdong (Hiding Soldiers Cave) etc.
In the afternoon, transfer about 40 minutes to the airport and take the flight from Yinchuan to Beijing.