Yinchuan is the capital of Ningxia province. Located along the Yellow River, Yinchuan is a multicultural city with the predominant race being the Muslim Chinese Hui people. It was the capital city of the Western Xia Kingdom during the end of the first millennium. The city enjoys a relatively small population and while it is mostly industrial, there are a few sites to keep visitors passing through entertained for a day.Â YinchuanÂ also contributes a great deal to the agricultural and distribution industry in the region.
The cityÂ is divided into the New and Old Town. The railway station is located in the New Town, with most of the sites concentrated in the old part of the city.Â Enjoy wolfberries when they are in season. Popular sites, such as the Shahu Lake, is located about an hour from the city.
Ningxia is a small and uniquely-shaped province locked between Inner Mongolia to the north, Gansu to the west and Shaanxi province to the east. Ningxia was a part of Gansu province for centuries until becoming it’s individual province during the Republic of China. Thirty year later, Ningxia became China’s first autonomous region when it was renamed the “Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region” in 1958.