Trip in Ningxia ---Grasslands, Forests Park & Dersert
I went to a mysterious land in north China this summer -- Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region.
It was a short but nice trip with a lot
Yinchuan is the capital of Ningxia province, covered by desert, rivers, and
We went to the grasslands near Yinchuan on the first day.
The grasslands are located in Erdos, a city in another province (Inner Mongolia), but it’s quite close to Yichuan, only
about 50 min by car. It was cloudy at noon, but sunny at sunset time. The
weather was changing fast on the wild grasslands, just like that of the sea. You could stay in the yurts and have meals in the scenic area. But the meal is just so so, and there are a lot of shows you could enjoy, sucn as horse racing, marriage ceremony of Mongolian people, and bonefire evening etc.
Next day we went to Suyukou Forest Park, which belonged to Helan
Mountains. There are
luxuriant trees, steep cliffs and murmuring streams.
The magnificent Helan mountains and beautiful views still could be seen even under the hazy weather. And you could also see the shiny green moss all over the mountains, and different mushrooms.
The third day, we went to our final stop, a place full of fun as well as amazing scenery—Shapotou.
Shapotou, situated in Zhongwei
County, lies on the north bank of the
Yellow River where it crosses the southeastern border of the Tengger Desert.
Shapotou Tourism Area is regarded as one of
the five most beautiful deserts in China. Standing on the sand hill,
one can see the Yellow river waving to the
east, Xiang mountains rolling to the distance, as well as a large area of oasis
And there are a lot of entertainments there such as sand slide, camel riding, river drifting etc. You could have special
experiences in such a beautiful place. For example:
The Yellow River
Floating along the Yellow
River on a sheepskin raft - the most unpretentious of vehicles -
is something of a special thrill. When a sheep is killed the locals will remove
the skin and skillfully make a balloon out of it. A number of these balloons
are strung together to form a buoyant base for a floor of bamboos. This
sheepskin raft may look flimsy, but it is eminently safe. Experienced boatmen
will make sure that you cannot only sense the excitement but also enjoy the
fascinating scenery along the way.
Yellow River Cableway Slide
The cableway slide across the Yellow River at Shapotou has won fame as the First Yellow
River Cableway Slide. The cableway here is 820 meters (about 897 yards) long,
54 meters (about 59 yards) high above the water and the slide is at an average
speed of 8 m/s (about 26 feet per second). The cableway at Shapotou is unique
in that it depends totally on gravity to set it in motion.
After the cableway slide, It's the bumgee jumping place! And I jumped. Crazy cool, at the moment when you realized you were already in the sky!!!
Pity that I didn't see the camels due to the rain. But we had a lot of fun there.
In a word, it was a nice trip~~
Fanny from China 30/08/2016