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Shapotou scenic spot, located 16 kilometers west of Zhongwei county in northwest Ningxia Hui autonomous region, has become a must-see site for tourists in the region. Wang Wei, a famous poet during the Tang Dynasty (618-907), recorded the beauty of Shapotou in a poem, in which he said that “in the vast desert rises straight, lonely smoke, the grand, long river reflects the round setting sun”. Shapotou means “the end of desert” in Chinese. In fact, Shapotou lies at the intersection of the Yellow River and Tengger Desert, where you can enjoy both the magnificent desert and beautiful riverside scenery. The park has a lot of activities on offer, including rafting over the Yellow River and sliding down the dunes on a sand board.
Shahu Lake is one of the top ten resorts in Shizuishan city of Ningxia Hui autonomous region in Northwest China. It is surrounded by lush marshes and deserts, and is known as the “pearl of the desert” along the Silk Road. Located at the foot of Helan Mountain, the lake covers an area of 80 square kilometers, of which the sand covers 22.52 sq km and the lake covers 45 sq km. Every April, herons and egrets nest at Shahu Lake. Black swans, geese and ducks also find their homes near the lake. In addition to fish there rich in Omega-3, visitors can also try speed boating and parasailing. The lakeside beach, where the 1995 movie A Chinese Odyssey was shot, attracts many tourists too.
Located 19 km west of Yinchuan, the capital of Ningxia Hui autonomous region in Northwest China, Shuidonggou Scenic Area has a history dating back more than 30,000 years. It is the only paleolithic site excavated in the Yellow River basin. The area is known as “the birthplace of China’s prehistoric archaeology” and has “historical evidence of cultural exchanges between East and West”. Covering an area of 7.8 sq km, Shuidonggou boasts more than 20 spectacular sights created by the unique Yardang landform, including Ghost Town, Cyclone Cave, Lying Camel Ridge, Ferris Cliff, Broken Cloud Valley and Strange Willow Gully, all of which reveal evidence of the growth and lives of our ancestors over the past 30,000 years. The military defense system – the ancient Great Wall -- is composed of “Cross-City Edge”, beacon smoke stations, city barriers and camps, as well as the Ancient-Troop Hiding Cave, which is the most complete military defense architecture in China.
Zhenbeipu Western Film Studio, located in Yinchuan, capital of Ningxia Hui autonomous region, was built by Chinese writer Zhang Xianliang (1936-2014). Featuring ancient castles and pristine, desolate natural scenery, the studio has produced many world-famous films, including Zhang Yimou’s Red Sorghum, which won the first Golden Bear for China in 1988. Zhenbeipu was founded in 1500, the 13th year of the reign of Hongzhi Emperor in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), and was once the frontier fortress of China for defending against the invasion of nomads. Today, the studio has become one of the most important tourist destinations in western China, integrating sightseeing, entertainment, leisure, catering and shopping.

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