Helan Mountain Scenic Area
Introduction to Helan Mountain Scenic Area (贺兰山风景区)
The Helan Mountains are an isolated desert mountain range forming the border of Inner Mongolia and Ningxia. They are about 200 kilometers from north to south, form 15 to 50 kilometers wide and about 2,000 meters in altitude. Their highest peak is 3,556 meters.
In Western Xia Empire, Helan Mountains are regarded as the summer resort for the royal families where a great number of temporary imperial head-quarters were built. Gunzhong Pass is the most renowned summer resort of the Helan Mountains, which is a perfect spot for hiking and admiring the scenery of Yinchuan.
Helan Mountain Scenic Area boasts towering mountains, dense forests, beautiful natural scenery and unique landscape. You can find Chinese red pines, temple junipers and dragon spruces, rare shrubs and Mongolian almond everywhere in the forests and valleys. Old trees standing between cliffs, snow remaining on the mountain tops and vast areas of pines and misty clouds in a peaceful atmosphere, makes it one of the most memorable sights in Yinchuan.
Helan Mountain Scenic Area comprises several historical interest sites including Twin Pagodas at Baisikou and Rock Paintings. The ancient people carved their lives and legends on the rocks. The rock paintings in Helan Mountain were done by various nationalities in northern China, approximately between 3,000 and 10,000 years ago. Helen Mountain Scenic Area is also home to the Suyukou National Forest Park.
Helan Mountains are considered an area suitable for wine production. The famous brand Helanshan as well as a few large Chinese wine companies have begun development here. Together they now own 20,000 acres of land for wine plantations.
Helanshan, Yinchuan, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region
Twin Pagodas at Baisikou, Rock Paintings, Suyukou National Forest Park
Admission: 15 RMB
Opening Hours: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Take Tourist Bus Line 2 at Xinyue Square in Yinchuan and you will get there. The bus leaves at 8:00 and 9:00 am every day from April 20th to October 20th.
1. Avoid visiting during school holidays and Golden Week in October as there will be large numbers of local tourists.
2. Best season to visit: from May to October.
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