There are two viewing stone markets in Yinchuan.
These markets, in addition to the stones available for viewing at the Ningxia Qishi Museum, provide stone enthusiasts with considerable opportunities to learn about and buy stones from the Gobi Desert, Yellow River, and other parts of northern China. There are two viewing stone markets in Yinchuan. The West Tower Antique Market is located in the West Tower Xingqing District in Yinchuan City, while the other, the Yinchuan Culture Market is located at 269 Beijing Road, also in Yinchuan City. Our recommendation is to take one day visit both markets. Learn the range of stones that are available and determine the initial prices vendors are asking for the stones. Then, return on a different day to focus on the stones that appealed to you. Be prepared to bargain. Visitors will find various fossils for sale in Yinchuan, but, please remember that it is illegal to take fossils of early mammals, dinosaurs, dinosaur eggs, crinoids, and other animals out of China.
Of particular note are Yinchuan’s stone festivals, during which hundreds of vendors descend upon the city with thousands of stones for sale. The 10th Yinchuan Stone Tourism Festival was held from May 30 until June 8, 2012. A festival is held in Yinchuan each year in May or June. It is an exciting time to be in Yinchuan.
If you travel to a future stone festival in Yinchuan, consider taking a day trip to see the famous Xixia Tombs--remnants of many tombs of the ancient Western Xia emperors. They are located just 30 km West of Yinchuan. This provides a rare opportunity for westerns to see ruins of this age.
Stone Markets in Yinchuan