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Zhongwei (中卫; Zhōngwèi) is a city in Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region.

Get in[edit]

By train[edit]

Zhongwei Railway Station is on North Street.

  • Beijing - takes about 24 hours
  • Guyuan - takes about 4 hours
  • Lanzhou - takes about 6 hours
  • Urumqi - takes about 20 hours
  • Xian - takes about 13 hours
  • Yinchuan - takes about 3 hours

By bus[edit]

Long Distance Bus Station is on East Street.

  • Lanzhou - takes about 6-7 hours
  • Yinchuan - takes about 2-3 hours
  • Xian - takes about 12-14 hours

Get around[edit]


  • Gaomiao Temple. Multichambered Chinese version of Hell.
  • Shapotou. 沙坡头, Resort situated between sand and water, Shapotou Desert Research Center. Tourist area combines Tenggeli desert, Yellow River, mountain and oasis. Tickets ¥90 for park entrance, you then have to pay more if you want to do the attraction. You can choose a lot of activities in the tourist area - ride a camels, drift Yellow river...(extra tickets).
  • Cultural & Sports Complex. there is a museum to the south of the city across the river, but it is currently closed. The area around it has a library, sports arena, cinema and a cultural centre.


  • Changtan Village. Visit the working 18th century waterwheel at Changtan village then go whitewater rafting down the Yellow River to Shapatou.



There are a number of budget restaurants near Gaomiao Temple for you to choose from, some of which may look awful but serve reasonable food. Zhongwei is a Muslim city so pork is hard to find. Also, most people eat noodles instead of rice.




  • Zhongying Hotel (Zhongying Jiudian), Guluo South Street, +86 953 7091518, fax: +86 953 7091550.
  • Yixing Hotel (Yixing Binguan), 2 Guluo North Street, +86 955 7017666, fax: +86 955 7019993.


  • Zhuoyue Hotel (Zhuoyue Dajiudian), Guluo East Road, +86 955 7037999, fax: +86 955 7022628.


  • Zhongwei Hotel (Zhongwei Dajiudian), 53 Guluo North Street, +86 955 7025555, fax: +86 955 7028829.

Go next[edit]

  • Tengger Desert - one and multi-day trips into the desert can be arranged.
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