Yinchuan, a city of about 750,000 people and the capital of Ningxia, is a major trading center and a center for stone appreciation in northwestern China. Yinchuan is an autonomous region in the dry, desert-like region in northwestern China just South of Inner Mongolia. It is served by the Yinchuan People’s Airport and can be reached by several major cities including Beijing and Shanghai. Yinchuan once was the capital of the ancient Western Xia Empire (1038-1227 A.D.). The Yellow River flows through Ningxia and adjacent to Yinchuan.
The viewing stone community is fortunate to have an outstanding museum featuring, but not limited to, the stones of northern China. It is a great place to visit to learn about stones from the vast stretches of the Gobi Desert. The extensive range of stones from the Gobi Desert is difficult to visualize for most westerners. The extensive range of ventifact stones as well as mined stones from the Gobi Desert is astounding; however, a visit here will help develop a better perspective. The Ningxi Qishi Museum in Yinchuan is a large multi-storied building housing an extensive collection of stones. Some of the small wind-blown and sand-shaped stones resemble different types of food. Several tables are covered with these stones, all arranged to appear like different foods. It is an extraordinary display.
The Ningxia Qishi Museum is located at 281 Hubin West Street, Yinchuan City 750001, Ningxia.
The Ningxia Qishi Museum