Shapotou Tourist Zone
Shapotou Tourist Zone
4.5
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Zhongwei, Ningxia, China

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TravelThings
Vancouver, Canada50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
The area is separated into two - a desert zone and a river zone. There is an entrance ticket to access the zones, but each activity within the zones cost additional money. There is an all inclusive package that allows you to access everything, but it is very expensive.

We only went to the river zone, which is the area with the sand slide, zip line, a viewing platform, glass bridge, and sheepskin raft. Note that all these activities cost extra money on top of the entrance ticket. We only paid for the sheepskin raft as we already experienced the other activities elsewhere before.

The sheepskin raft was a pretty cool experience and would recommend for all first timers to try it out. It's the traditional mode of transportation on the Yellow River since the ancient days. Our guide was amazing, answered all of our questions and even sang for us as we floated down the river. It was like experiencing a moment in time before our modern day transportation was invented.

If you don't want to pay for the cable car up the slope, there is a free escalator at the very end of the area that can take you up the sand dune for a better view of the Yellow River. The viewing platform on top gives a pretty good view of the entire area, although it can be crowded if you run into those big tour groups.

The only way to access the desert zone is to pay for the package, which we didn't do. We already did most of the desert activities in Tenggeli so we didn't think it was necessary to do them here again.

We spent 2-3 hours here doing the sheepskin raft and just enjoying the views, but you can easily spend a full day here if you plan on doing all the activities they have available.
Written July 16, 2023
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jing M
16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Shapotou, go beautiful once at a time. The sunset of the Yangtze River is full, the same color as the river and the sky. The desert is lonely and straight, and you can lie in the tent. This is a modern sand slope head. The starry sky tent realizes the dream of staying in the desert at night. Listen to the lonely sound and feel the horror of the night. I recommend you to eat fragrant goat lamb, which is very delicious. The accommodation is also very convenient, very worth feeling and immersive.
Written November 17, 2022
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马亚楠
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Shapotou may be the most interesting place in the Zhongwei. Shapotou, as its name implies, has a lot of sand.But this place is more suitable for brave people, not for old people.
The sand skating and desert racing here are very exciting, and you can't help screaming,and Bungee jumping is a very challenging project. The height is very high. The Yellow River is the place to jump. People who are timid should not try.There is also a glass bridge just entering the scenic spot, which allows you to enjoy the Yellow River running underneath from mid air, and will make you afraid of falling down.The most meaningful thing when you come to Shapotou is to slide on the Yellow River on a sheepskin raft,However, close contact with the Yellow River is also very dangerous.
In a word, Shapotou is full of challenges and courage, which is very exciting, but if you are timid or old, you should not try it easily.
Written November 17, 2022
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Ze S
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
This summer vacation, I went to Shapotou, Ningxia with my parents.Shapotou is a famous tourist attraction in Ningxia.It was an unforgettable trip for me.

The scenery in Shapotou is very beautiful.There are also many interesting activities.But it's cold at night.

I got up early that morning.It took us about an hour to get there by car. Then we saw the wide Shapotou. The blue sky and yellow sand were very beautiful. I felt comfortable walking on the sand,because the sand was soft.

Finally, we went to play a lot of activities.My favorite activity is sand skiing,because it's exciting.This activity is a good choice for the brave people.It can strengthen the body and improve your courage.

But if you go there at night, the temperature will be cold and the sand will be dry.You have to wear more clothes.

It was a memorable experience.
Written November 17, 2022
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Wsea3h
Asia4,026 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2013 • Couples
Shapotou Tourist Area is very large, looks very new, from toilets to all the gates. Very few people were there in April 2013. Entrance ticket 90 Yuan. If you take boat for river trip on the left, buy ticket. We didn’t so we walk to the right to take bus for 20 Yuan to reach another gate. Keep this return ticket so you can go back later. Here you’ll see the gorgeous high sand hill looking like a wall. They have lift and ropeway for you to go up for 20 to 30 Yuan. Many people just walk up. We walked too. Was a bit tired when you’re almost at the top. Wear sports shoes as the sand is hot in the afternoon. When you finish the whole tour, they have sand sliding down for 20 Yuan. You also can hold something which looks like 2 electric wires to slide down crossing the river. Can’t recall how much.

From this gate, you buy another ticket for 10 Yuan to reach Camel Riding Area. Keep the bus ticket for the return trip. Camel riding 80 Yuan both ways. I suggest you buy one way for 50 Yuan. Reason is: after the 1st ride, camels bring you to a stop so you can walk around to take pictures. There’s a tall wooden house for you to go up for better view. We didn’t so we missed the view. Here you can buy tickets for bumping cars to go further on sand hills. When you finish, walk to the place to take the camels back. This trip is too short so I recommend you just walk. Bring a few water bottles with you as I think I didn’t see anyone selling water. Bring your hats and wear long sleeves to protect your skin from the sun. If you go late April and you often feel cold, bring a light jacket as the wind is strong in some places. But by the time you exit the gate, you will feel hot. When you sit on the camel, wearing your backpack is better than wearing your handbag. You need a free hand to take photos. They’ll ask the camel to sit down for you to sit on her back. Hold the rail tight. When the camel stands up, don’t be panic because you’ll move back & forth. It’s a sudden move and you may fall down if you don’t hold the rail tight. The camel is very big and it’s a big distance with the ground when she stands. Be careful not to drop your camera. I saw water bottles and caps people dropped on sand hills. As the camels walk in group, if you drop something not important, I believe they won’t stop the camels to collect for you.

Write the word Shapotou 沙坡头 and local people will tell you where to catch the bus from Zhongwei downtown. We waited for this bus on the big street one block away from Zhongwei Train Station. On the way back, the bus go through the town. Bus 5 Yuan. Took about 40 minutes. Went through narrow roads sometimes. From memory, the bus runs every half an hour and last bus returning to Zhongwei is 6:30pm. Check with the staff to be sure.

I also took a packaged tour to Kubuqi desert, Qixinghu Tourism Special Line, Ordos when I stayed in Baotou. Compared with it, Shapotou is more interesting. People controlling camels are more relaxing to let you touch camels when taking pictures. In Kubuqi, they didn’t want me to touch and my packaged tour was too short. When going with a tour, they just quickly let you use all services you pay for, so they can take you to the next place.

If you stay in Zhongwei, you can do Shapotou totally by yourself or you can hire a taxi for 30 Yuan return trip. For me, I never know when I can finish the trip so I just take my time. When I have enough, I just go out to wait for the bus.
Written May 25, 2013
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bojackham
Perth, Australia7 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Couples
Came here in winter, bought the basic entry tickets to the two zones - desert and river (RMB50) because we don't mind the walk. According to the staff there, the desert zone is only accessible through the cable which is not free. The free escalator to the top was closed in winter. Totally a ripoff, the scenery is the same as every other place, you could see the Yellow River or sand dunes pretty much everywhere in Ninxia, why come to this ripoff place of boring "resort".

Written November 26, 2018
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abigalem2016
Fergus, Canada111 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013 • Family
We were looking forward to an experience in the desert but Shapotou was disappointing. We paid 100 Yuan per person to enter, but then needed to pay extra to do anything once inside. 10 Y per person for the golf cart to get to the sand slide; 40 Y per person for the cable car; 20 Y per person to get to the camels; 80 Y for the camel ride, etc etc. It was our most expensive day in Ningxia by at least double.
The bathrooms look new but smelled disgusting.
Written August 25, 2013
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bcheong
Shanghai, China26,658 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Business
About 3-4 hours from ningxia city, this is a tourist wonderland in the desert next to the Yellow river - sand slides, river cruises, ziplines, bungee jumping

Entry fee RMB80, there is an almost all inclusive ticket for RMB299

Worth half a day here, just put on sun protection, wear a cap
Written August 2, 2023
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WorldGlutton
London, UK20,860 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
At the entrance of Shapotou Tourist Zone , there is a big poster map clearly display Shapotou Tourist Zone. After we got our group ticket, we took the battery car ride to Yellow River Gate entrance.

After the Gate , along the walkway are trees, some flourishing with fruits either apples or dates. Next is a high sand hill where I see young boys , a mother with her baby sliding down the sand dunes on a sand board and flying fox above us.

We took the Desert Escalator to access the high desert areas where we enjoy the beautiful view of Yellow River and its surrounding sceneries. A great place for photography.
From here ,we took another battery car to the main Desert Area. Some of our group went on the double hump camel ride. Besides Camel Ride there are Desert Sleigh, Desert Kart, Desert 4 wheeled Motorcyle and Desert Warrior, but we prefer to walk around to enjoy the view of this boundless oasis

We took another battery car to take the cable slide station for a thrill slide ride across the sand hill.

Last on our list to tour Shapotou Tourist Zone is walking on 3D Glass Plank Bridge across Yellow River.

Tourists would experience the thrill of 3D paintings walking on this 210 meters long and 2.6 meters wide glass bridge and at the same time take time to enjoy the beautiful landscape of the flowing Yellow River under their feet.

Shapotou Tourist Zone is worth the time spend to enjoy both sightseeing and activities.
Written October 24, 2019
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The Vista Seeker
New York City, NY325 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Friends
This is the first time I visited a place west of Xi'an, and the first time I'm a in the Yellow River. Rafting on sheep skin floats in a slowly running river feels magical. Riding camels in the desert is quite different. The most thrilling thing we did is sand sliding down a slope of 65 degrees. It looked somewhat scary, but I did it quite smoothly to my own surprise.

This park is rated five stars. Highly recommended.
Written July 27, 2019
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