Zhongwei is located to the southeast of the Tengger Desert, one of the top four deserts in China. [Photo/nx.gov.cn]
Zhongwei is situated in the central and western regions of Ningxia, where the Yellow River meets the Tengger Desert - an important site on the ancient Silk Road. It has a registered population of 1,220,800 and covers an area of 17,000 square kilometers, administrating Shapotou district, Zhongning county, Haiyuan county and Haixing development zone.
Zhongwei city is a melting pot of desert nomadic culture, Yellow River farming culture and the history of the border fortresses; a place of mountains, rivers, deserts and oases. In recent years, it has begun to prioritize the development of its tourism sector, as part of its quest to build itself into a relaxing and ecologically beautiful city.
Zhongwei's tourist resources are rich and unique. It contains a charming desert, a splendid river, the time-honored Silk Road, distinctive ethnic culture, a healthy environment and urban beauty.
Zhongwei is located to the southeast of the Tengger Desert, one of the top four deserts in China. It is the closest city to a desert nationwide, and has the only national desert ecological nature reserve in the country. In the middle of the last century, the people of Zhongwei, together with sand control workers, built a world famous desertification control project, which was put on the "Global 500 Roll of Honor for Environmental Achievement" by the United Nations and given the Special Prize of China's State Scientific and Technological Progress Award. The city is known for the first batch of national 5A scenic spots, deserts, the Yellow River, mountains and valleys, rock paintings and Silk Road oases.