Ningxia is a significant wine-producing region in the central-north of China. The wide, heavily irrigated
valley between the Yellow River and the base of Helan Mountain has proved to be one of China’s most
promising vineyard areas. A range of wines are made here from grape varieties such as Cabernet
Sauvignon, Cabernet Gernischt and Chardonnay. We will travel to Yichuan, the capital of Ningxia Hui
Autonomous Region to visit some of the best wineraries in Ningxia, probably also in China.
Tour Highlights | China’s wine region: Ningxia
-Autumn’s cooler weather and colourful nature
-Ningxia grape harvest season
-One of China’s most promising vineyard areas
-Ningxia Museum: assembles the Chinese character “Hui” and aims to fully display Hui culture.
-the ruin of Ming Great Wall & earliest Paleolithic site in China, Shuidongguo Site
-UNESCO heritage site: Western Xia Imperial Tombs (1038-1227)
-Rock Art of Helan Mountains dated back to 10,000 to 3,000 years ago
-108 pagodas and Yellow River at Qingtong Gorge
-Indulge in local delicais and Ningxia wine
Brief itinerary | China’s wine region: Ningxia
Day1 Oct 3 Fly to Yinchuan, meet and greet. Ningxia Museum and Silver Highland Winery visit, stay Yinchuan Kempinshi 5* for 3 nights (Lunch)
Day2 Oct 4 Yinchuan Xixia Mausoleum, Mt.Helan Rock Arts, visit Helan Qingxue Winery (Breakfast/Lunch)
Day3 Oct 5 Shuidonggou Scenic area, Nanguan Mosque, visit Canaan Winery (Breakfast/Lunch)
Day4 Oct 6 Yinchuan Qingtong Gorge, The Yellow River Tower, 108 Pagodas, The Yellow River Altar,
Yinchuan departure (Breakfast/Lunch)
Tour details | China’s wine region: Ningxia
Day1 Oct 3 Fly to Yinchuan, meet and greet. Ningxia Museum and Silver Highland Winery visit, stay Yinchuan Kempinski 5* for 3 nights (Lunch)
Fly to Yinchuan with flight MU5691 SA03OCT SHAINC 0810 1100
11:00 arrival Yinchuan, meet and greet, transfer to hotel approx 30 km, hotel check in.
Lunch at Kempinski Hotel, Chinese restaurant
Visit Ningxia Museum which is located in the People’s Square of Jinfeng District, Yinchuan City. The collections reach 40,000 and first-grade historical relics total 159. The museum assembles the Chinese character “Hui” and aims to fully display Hui culture. It consists of eight exhibition halls covering the Hui culture, stone rubbings from the Helan Mountains and Western Xia relics etc. Then visit Silver Highland Winery, after visit transfer back to hotel
Dinner on your own.
Day2 Oct 4 Yinchuan Western Xia Imperial Tombs, Rocks Arts of Helan Mountain, visit Helan Qingxue Winery (Breakfast/Lunch)
Today you will visit The Western Xia Imperial Tombs, Helan Qingxue Winery, and Rock Arts of Helan
Mountain Western Xia Imperial Tombs are the royal mausoleums of the emperors in the Western Xia Dynasty (1038-
1227). It is the best-preserved historic cultural heritage representing the Tangut civilization at the largest scale and in the highest rank.
Rock Arts of Helan Mountain: over 1,000 rock paintings are scattered over the cliffs on both sides of a long valley in the eastern Helan Mountains, only 50 km from Yinchuan. More than half of the rock paintings fall into the category of patterns of anthropoid heads. The rest are depictions of cattle, horses, sheep, donkeys, wolves, other kinds of animals, the sun, the moon, stars, or human hands and feet, inscriptions in the Western Xia language, and pictures of stories and legends concerning hunting and sacrifices to gods and ancestors. The local people call it the art gallery of their nationality. Visit Helan Qingxue Winery before heading back to hotel.
Return to hotel, dinner on your own.
Day3 Oct 5 Shuidonggou Scenic Area, Nanguan Mosque, visit Canaan Winery (Breakfast/Lunch)
Drive approx. 45 km to visit Shuidonggou scenic area. Shuidonggou, featuring a unique Yadan-landform, is known as the ‘Birthplace of Prehistoric Archaeology in China’. Used to be a military defense base along Great Wall in Ming Dynasty (1271 – 1368), the scenic area now still has many relics. You will take the scenic bus, battery car and donkey wagon, ride camel and boat, walk around all scenic spots.
Afternoon visit The Nanguan Mosque, it is endowed with Islamic architectural style that is characterized by grand domes, long tines and arch doors and windows. There are five green domes on the top of this twostorey building. It is said that the biggest one in the center symbolizes the Mohammed, the prophet of Islamism, and that the other four symbolize four famous imams. On the first floor is a chapel, residences for the imams and bathing houses which are connected by the cloisters. Visitors can get to the upper floor by the spiral stairs outside.The spacious prayer hall on the second floor can accommodate about 1,000 worshipers at a time. The tabernacle in the hall is enchased with white marble and is engraved with the lection of Alcoran.
Then visit Canaan Winery, then transfer back to hotel, dinner on your own
Day4 Oct 6 Yinchuan Qingtong Gorge, The Yellow River Tower, 108 Pagodas, The Yellow River Altar, Yinchuan departure (Breakfast/Lunch)
Hotel breakfast, check out
Drive approx. 90 km to visit Yellow River Tower, Qingtong Gorge 108 Tower with cruise ship and Yellow River Altar Ningxia Yellow River Tower is a landmark architecture standing 108-meter tall on the golden riverbanks of the Ningxia reach of the Yellow River.The visitors get to ascend to the top by walking up the stairs and have the whole picture of “The Yellow River only enriches Ningxia”.
You will take a boat ride on Yellow River to enjoy the beautiful sites on both sides of the river. There are many legends about the construction of the 108 Tower. Buddhism attributed the troubles of life to 108 kinds. In order to clear the troubles, 108 pieces of Guanzhu were prescribed, and 108 times of Buddhist scriptures were heard. Building 108 is intended to eliminate troubles. The 108 tower is also a product of this kind of thinking. It is said that people who come here to visit, as long as they worship the tower, can eliminate troubles and bring good luck and good luck.
Lunch at local restaurant near the site. Transfer to airport in the afternoon, fly out (END)
Quotation, Min. 8 guests travelling together, Oct 3-6 2020
CNY 3980 per person twin sharing room
CNY 5150 per person single room
• All private transfers with air-conditional vehicle as indicated in itinerary
• Entrance ticket, sightseeing shuttle bus
• English speaking local guide during the whole trip
• 3 nights hotel accommodation, standard room at Yinchuan Kempinski Hotel
• 3 hotel breakfasts, 4 lunches near the site
• Winery visit and wine tasting on day 1, 2 & 3
What’s Not Included
• In & out flight tickets
• Personal expense, beverages and highlights or sightseeing, which are not indicated in the itinerary
• Tips to guides, porterages & drivers if service is satisfied
Helan Qingxue Winery
Highlight: Workshop, Caller, Vineyard tasting room
Add: 100m to the right at the intersection of Beijing West Road and National Highway 110
Founded in 2005, Helan Qingxue Vineyard, the first demonstration vineyard in Ningxia, is situated at the foothill of Helan Mountain. Helan Qingxue Vineyard shows full respect to the nature and the soil and regarded as one of China’s great wineries. Helan Qingxue and its people are committed to producing wines of great distinction, with a sense of place. Three founders of Helan Qingxue are engaged in viticulturist, winemaker and manager. The wine consultant is Li demei who is professor in Beijing Agriculture College. In 2011 DWWA, Jia Bei Lan Grand Reserve 2009 won the International Trophy, the highest award. This is also the highest award that Chinese wine has ever got. Jia Bei Lan was selected as the Annual Brand in China wine market in 2011 and became one of the best representative wines made in China. Helan Qingxue Vineyard was also awarded as “China’s Charming Winery” and classed as the First Classed Wineries in 2013.
Silver Highland Winery
Highlight: Garage winery, State banquet, Low-key and simple
Add: Hongguang Town Jinshan Village Garden West.
In April 2010, The world’s leading wine master, Jancis Robinson, referred to “another new star in The Chinese Wine Industry” in an article published in the Financial Times. Jesses refers to the “new star” is Ningxia’s Silver Highland winery. Silver Highland Winery was founded by Gao Lin and is currently run by his daughter Gao Yuan. Gao Yuan went to France in 1999 to study winemaking and obtained the French National Winemaker Certificate. The French-influenced Gaoyuan adheres to the traditional French brewing techniques, so the winery’s wines favour the Old-World style. After returning to China, Gao Yuan worked as a training instructor in Dorothy. In 2011, Shangri-La, Kempinski, Marriott and other five-star hotels in the form of tender stoic recommended 10 excellent wines, Gaoyuan seized this rare opportunity, Mao introduced himself to two wines. As a result, these two wines stand out, helping Silver Highland break into the high-end market. On June 12, 2016, Premier Li Keqiang selected the silver Highland Winery’s sage red wine and the family’s collection of Chardonnay white wines at a dinner hosting dinner for German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Summer Palace. Silver Highland Winery has become a private family-owned winery with very few products to enter the state banquet.
Add: On the north side of Xixia Square on Beijing West Road.
Riesling Canaan, known in the Bible as “The Promised Land”, is the Israeli people after 40 years of wilderness, into God-given “water and honey land”, the king of the king of Christianity, because of the hope for the vineyard, so named – The land of South America. Wang Fang lived in Germany for more than ten years, his father Wang Fengyu is a well-known local wine expert in Ningxia, in 2010 Wang Fang left to live in Germany for more than ten years, returned to his native Ningxia, into Ningxia wine industry. The horse series of wines in the South American land – black horse, ponies, small wild horses, on the one hand, from Wang Fang’s preference for horses, in the winery’s decoration is full of “horse” elements; Another special feature of the winery is Riesling. Because of Wang Fang’s life experience in Germany, she has a feeling for Riesling. In Ningxia, a completely different geographical climate with Germany, the city still produces amazing works and is the first choice for wine lovers to taste Riesling in Ningxia.
Hotel Name: Yinchuan Kempinski Hotel
Add: No.160 Beijing Middle Road, Jinfeng, Yinchuan, China, 750001
Information: Kempinski Hotel Yinchuan provides the best in services and amenities. Hotel accommodations have been carefully appointed to the highest degree of comfort and convenience. The hotel’s recreational facilities, which include fitness center, sauna, indoor pool, spa, massage are designed for escape and relaxation. Superb facilities and an excellent location make the Kempinski Hotel Yinchuan the perfect base from which to enjoy your stay in Yinchuan.
Location: The Kempinski Hotel Yinchuan is located across from Renmin Square at the intersection of Beijing Middle Road and Chang’an Avenue and within walking distance to International Convention and Exhibition Center. Kempinski Hotel Yinchuan is 30 kilometers from Yinchuan Airport.