Also known as the City of the Phoenix, Yinchuan is the capital of the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region. It is located in the heart of the Ningxia Plain, with Mt. Helan in the west and the Huanghe River in the east. Yinchuan has a population of 910,000 and an area of 4,399 square kilometers and is 1,110 meters above sea level. It has been listed by the Chinese government as one of China's 100 Ancient Cultural Cities. Yinchuan has many places of interest reflecting the culture of the Huanghe River region. It served as the capital of the state of Western Xia (1038-1228), and the royal mausoleum of the Western Xia State is historical evidence of the combination of the Chinese culture and the culture of the Western Region.
Yinchuan has convenient transportation. Air and rail lines from Yinchuan reach major cities in China, including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Van, Lanzhou, Chengdu, Wuhan and Urumqi. Telecommunications is under program control in downtown area. There are six star-rated hotels and 30 hotels that receive foreigners with a bedding capacity of 3,000.
Yinchuan is rapidly transforming itself into a center of economy, finance, trade, transportation, science, technology, culture, and tourism in the eastern part of northwestern China. It is ready to welcome friends from all parts of the world.
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