Ningxia & Shaanxi: Wave Canyon, Tongwan Ancient City, Yanchi Great Wall, and Sarawusu Gorge (5 days)
Hike by both archeological and geological history with a trip that touches Ningxia, Shaanxi, and a little bit of Inner Mongolia. Highlights include a visit to the ‘Wave Canyon’ landform, an 8km hike that follows Ming-era Great Wall between forts on the plains by Yanchi, a hike in the Sarawusu Gorge, plus visits to Tongwan Ancient City, the One Hundred and Eight Pagodas, and more.
|Day One main activities||Meet up in Yinchuan. 3-4 hour hike following Ming-era Great Wall between old forts. Overnight in Yanchi, Ningxia.|
|Day Two main activities||Morning and afternoon hikes in the Wave Canyon Landform area. Overnight in Jingbian, Shaanxi.|
|Day Three main activities||3-4 hour hike to Tongwan Ancient City, afternoon exploration of Tongwang Ancient City ruins. Overnight in Jingbian.|
|Day Four main activities||Hike the Sarawusu Grand Canyon, walking tour of Youzhou Ancient City. Overnight in Yinchuan.|
|Day Five main activities||Visits to the One Hundred and Eight Stupas and surrounding area, trip finishes in Yinchuan.|
Yanchi Great Wall hike
A different kind of Great Wall hike compared to what we do in Beijing, with a low rammed-earth wall leading us between old forts and camps on a flat plain.
‘Wave Canyon’ Landform
‘Wave Canyon’ is an area of wave-shaped rocks with ripples, very reminiscent of the Instagram-famous canyons in Arizona, USA. We’ll visit two different parts of the landform.
Tongwan Ancient City
Castle-like rammed earth walls show the outline of what was the capital of the Xia State, a minor dynasty during the Sixteen Kingdoms period (304-439 AD). The last mention of Tongwan in official dynastic records was in the early 1400s, and the site was left mostly untouched until the 1990s.
A river canyon carved out of the loess plateau, flowing through a mix of scenery including grassland and desert. We’ll do a hike that follows the river through the sandy loess landscape.
And more …
Also in the itinerary: Youzhou Ancient City, Gaoping Fort, Huamachi Ancient City, One Hundred and Eight Pagodas, Yellow River Altar, Bronze Canyon.