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Shapotou Scenic Area

 Zhongwei Attractions

Shanhaiguan Great Wall

Introduction to Shapotou Scenic Area (沙坡头旅游景区)

20km away from Zhognwei city center and near the Yellow River, Shapotou Scenic Area  has vast desert, rolling Yellow River, lush oasis and mountains.A perfect blend of grandeur and elegance, with ultra luster by its profound history, has earned it the favor of National Geography.

Shapotou area is the critical point where the Yellow River suddenly makes a turn and gets gentle. Thus the wonderous landscape in Shapotou is formed. Thick layer of sands forms a slope measuring 2,000m wide and 200m high at a 60 degree angle.

Back to 1956, a desert research centre was founded in Shapotou to battle the ever worsening desertification in northwest China. Later amusement faclities and activities were developed to form today's Shapotou Scenic Area. Besides marvelling at the wondrous natural landscapes, visitors can enjoy sand slide, Yellow River cableway slide and Yellow River drift, desert museum, desert escalator along the slope, and wetland park.

Shanhaiguan Great Wall


Yingshuiqiao Town , Shapotou District, Zhognwei, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, China

Shanhaiguan Great Wall

Main Sights

Tengger Desert, Wangwei Observation Deck,  Tonghu Grassland Scenic Area, desert escalator, Desert Museum, Jinsha Echoing Sand Dunes

Shanhaiguan Great Wall 

Travel Information


December - March:CNY65

April - November:CNY100 (including escalator riding)

Opening Hours: 08:00AM - 06:00PM

Shanhaiguan Great Wall


From Zhognwei city center:
In Zhongwei Bus Station, take a special line bus for Shapotou Scenic Area, departing every 25min from 06:30AM to 06:30PM, taking about 1 hour at CNY4 for single-way journey.

From Yinchuan:
In Yinchuan Nanmen Coach Station, taka a coach bound for Zhongwei from 08:30AM to 05:00PM, departing every 25min or 50min. The journey takes 3 hours.

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Travel Tips 

Recommended length of visit: 1 - 2 days

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