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A guide to Ningxia's delicacies, scenery and travel
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    Hey, have you noticed that every city has its own character, every road has its own flavor, and every cuisine has its own story? Let's check out the delicacies of Ningxia Hui autonomous region with this Guide to Ningxia's Delicacies, Scenery and Travel.

    Shizuishan city

    The first ton of coal, the first kilowatt-hour of electricity, and the first furnace of steel in Ningxia all came from Shizhuishan city. Just by its name, the Monument of Five Lakes and Four Seas (meaning every corner of the country) on Century Avenue reveals the inclusiveness of this city's taste.

    Among the diverse gourmets from every corner of the country, a bowl of liangpi (cold noodles made from wheat or rice flour) finds the greatest common denominator of different tastes, successfully conquering various palates and captivating taste buds from afar.


    A serving of Shahu Lake fish head, prepared in different ways, caters to both northern and southern tastes. Even a strong-willed eater cannot resist this unique and gentle flavor of the oasis in Northwest China.

    Opposite Yumin Road Stadium, various spices mixed with a variety of chili peppers simmer to create a pot of Ningxia-style spicy paste - lahuhu, boiling up the taste of childhood.

    Thirty kilometers from the city center, Huangqu Bridge is renowned for its stir-fried lamb.  National Highway 109, a major road connecting the inland areas with Tibet, is the road for the locals to prosperity. For 40 years, Huangqu Bridge has served plate after plate of stir-fried lamb, rewarding weary travelers for traversing through dusty winds, bidding them farewell with a wish for a safe journey ahead.

     Yinchuan city

    Once a key border town, it is now bustling like never before! Yes, it's Huaiyuan.

    The night market on Huaiyuan Road in Yinchuan gathers a thousand flavors with various styles. Even with friends, one usually buys only a portion of latiao (a spicy gluten snack) to share with them, and so shared are also potato cakes. This camaraderie of "buying flowers and wine to share with friends" fulfills the dreams of eighteen-year-old youths.

    In the south of the city, the enticing aroma of scallion night markets drifts along Zhengyuan Street to the north, wafting into the tourist night market.

    One can see the revitalization of Zhenxing Road with their own eyes. Wineries dot the landscape, a red wine town rises against the mountains, and wine aroma fills the Amnor Hotel. Zhenxing Road is also the vibrant route of the wines produced at the eastern foothills of the Helan Mountains.

    Skyscrapers, streets, lights, neon signs and delicacies hidden in this mystical city await each encounter.

    Wuzhong city

    People in Wuzhong city have different perspectives on life, with tranquility as the backdrop of their lives. Old shops maintain their authenticity to earn the title of Chinese time-honored brands, while newcomers shape new flavors through innovation.

    The morning tea noodle restaurant is located on Wenwei Street. Besides a variety of dishes, artistic condiments are indispensable. Like an art exhibition, one must visit this noodle restaurant and appreciate that being able to enjoy morning tea noodles all day is a slow-paced model to savor the beauty of life.

    On Huanghe Road, the people of Wuzhong have turned lamb offal into an art gallery.

    As mealtimes approach, the hand-grabbed lamb eatery on Litong Street bustles with customers at the front and with a busy kitchen in the back. With high-quality lamb and seasoned expertise, the taste is naturally extraordinary.

    Amidst the hustle and bustle of life, the people of Wuzhong find inspiration to create delicious flavors, perceiving life through gastronomy and finding tranquility within it.

    Zhongwei city

    Using a pole, leveraging one’s body weight to bounce and squeeze continuously, allowing the dough to gradually stretch, such effort is put in just to make a bowl of noodles. Xiaoji Water Noodle Restaurant on Gulou East Street, when it comes to history, is on par with the Drum Tower at the east end of the street. Passed down through five generations, the wooden pole has changed many times, but the taste remains the same.

    Similarly, Yvy Zhenling's Haozi (Artemisia annua seeds) noodles are also an intangible cultural heritage, embodying a clever cooking technique. Through the influence of Artemisia annua seeds, a bowl of noodles transforms its original flavor. These special noodles have transformed her life, and she hopes to train more apprentices in her noodle shop on Yucai Road.

    Skillful hands, delicate thoughts. People in Zhongwei always manage to turn the ordinary into something unique. They have paved a path where there was none, offering innovative delicacies and the stunning beauty of the desert and the Yellow River to travelers from afar.

    Guyuan city

    In the eyes of the generous people of Guyuan, variety comes second, and quantity is the key to victory.

    The magnificent Liupan Mountain stands still. Simplicity is the essence, defining the character of this land and the people's philosophy towards food.

    Every city has its own Beijing Road. On Guyuan's Beijing Road, hidden treasures await to delight the palate. A whole sheep is cut into six pieces, boiled in clear water, presented whole on the table, served with two thin pancakes as a base, and accompanied by lamb broth and vegetables. This way of eating will surely astonish newcomers to Guyuan, although it may lack refinement, it is thoroughly satisfying your palate. After indulging in meat, there's a carb feast of potato buns, sesame buns, local soft buns, fried buckwheat donuts, and oat noodles to choose from.

    Heading out of the West Gate along the ancient city wall of Gaoping city from the Han Dynasty (206 BC-AD 220), there's a hidden gem of a small eatery beloved by food connoisseurs. Its appearance may deter many, but those with a taste for it always relish it.

    A road, a story, a flavor, an adventure. Delicious tastes travel along the intricate network of paths across 66,400 square kilometers, constantly migrating, blending, and taking root. We sincerely invite every friend who has a passion for food and life to come to this magical land of Ningxia. We look forward to sharing this feast of culinary culture and exploring more of the wonderful "tastes" of Ningxia together.

    In the 2024 Ningxia Food Culture Promotion Event, let's embark on a culinary journey in Ningxia together and savor the region's flavors!

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