Yinchuan is the capital of the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region and its political, economic and cultural center as well, with an area of 9,555 sq km, and a population of 1.41 million.
Located in the center of East Asian Continent and North China, Yinchuan is bordered by Helan Mountain in the west and the Yellow River in the east.The abundant tourism resources, a great number of cultural and natural scenic spots, many religious sites, wonderful landscapes, ethnic minority customs and lifestyles add unique glamour to Yinchuan. A large number of cultural sites of the Western Xia Dynasty, picturesque waterside towns, unique scenery along the Great Wall and colored customs of the Hui people make Ningxia become one of the most attractive cities in West China.
A brilliant culture has contributed to Yinchuan being a famous tourist city. There are over 60 historical sites including mosques, pagodas, pavilions, temples, and imperial tombs as well as natural scenery such as Helan Mountain, Sand Lake Scenic Resort (Sha Hu) and Shapotou, etc.
Yinchuan is a multi-nationality city including Han, Hui, Manchu, Mongolian, and Chaoxian peoples. Among them, the Hui people account for 26.3 percent of the total population and they have maintained the traditional folk customs and life style that are unique to other ethnic group.
Here you can taste the local dishes or snacks of rich Islamic flavor, such as Yangrou Paomo and Shouzhua Yangrou. Hotels of different grades are available to visitors, providing you warm and comfortable places to relax yourself.
Most of the drinking water for Yinchuan is underground hard water and has relatively high hypsography to which some visitors will not be acclimatized, so it is helpful to take some medicine in case this causes you any discomfort. And eating more fresh vegetables and fruit will help ease the dryness of the city climate.
According to Hui ethnic custom, pork, blood of all the animals and fierce animals are taboos. Wine, alcohol and tobaccos are not allowed for Muslims, either. Huis have high regard for tea, and they will treat their guests to Gaiwancha (a kind of tea) before providing a feast of melons, fruit, and seedcakes, etc.