A Sip of Desert Wilderness
3-Day Zhongwei Desert Tour with Winery Experience
Laughing and hurtling down a high dune, walking into the desert to the sound of camel bells, peeking out of a tent to see the Milky Way in the sky... You don't have to go to the Sahara to have these wonderful desert experiences!
Located on the southeastern edge of the Tengger Desert, the fourth largest desert in China, Zhongwei is easily accessible and offers ultimate desert fun and special accommodation experiences as well as a special visit to taste the best wine in China.
Tour 'Wow' Points
Feel the Adrenaline Rush during Dune Bashing and Sand Sledding
Hop on the dune bashing bus and play Mad Max. Sled down a dune that's 156 meters high. How fast do you dare to go?
Go on a Desert Trek on a Two-humped Camel
Walk into the desert with camel bells clanging and the enjoy mystical landscape of shifting sand dunes.
Experience Sheepskin Rafting on the Yellow River
It's the oldest ferry method on the mother river of China.
A Starry Night in the Desert Tent
When was the last time you saw the Milky Way? A night in the desert has a good chance of fulfilling a starry wish in a spectacular way.
Enjoy the Taste of Helan Mountain Wine
The wine from the corridor on the east side of the Helan Mountains has been winning awards at international wine tasting events. Enjoy the wine and view in a unique winery.
Relax for a Night in a Hotel with the Perfect Balance of Wilderness and Luxury
Suji Yellow River, the boutique hotel by the Yellow River in the Tengger Desert, is a destination in itself.
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What Our Customers Said
GREAT Forbidden City tour!
We took a guided tour with Ivy through the Forbidden City. She had everything perfectly organised, knew all the amenities and explained the most important facts around history and design of the palace in an enticing manner. Can absolutely recommend her as a guide, we had a great day!more
Oct 2022, Adam A
Beautiful Day at Great Wall in Mutianyu
We had a wonderful day visiting the Great Wall together with our guide, Ivy. The organisation - from the pick up to the return - was excellent, we had nothing to worry about. So It was a lovely and relaxed day profiting from the experience to the fullest without having to trouble about transport or tickets. Ivy explained well the history and knew about all nice parts of the part of the wall that we visited. She is very nice company. We had a very good experience.more
Oct 2022, Nina
Excellent time in Beijing
Ivy was a true professional who spoke excellent English and engaged us with stories of the very rich Chinese cultural heritage and history. We went away with so much more knowledge with her as our guide giving us a live commentary as we walked around. She brought us to the off the beaten track spots, less crowded corners of the attractions and very importantly, knew which toilets were clean and more foreigner friendly. Highly recommend Ivy to any future visitors to Beijinmore
Oct 2022, JCCEBJ
Our travel planner Monica is kind, very attentive, and there is no pressure or "hard sale". Great service and highly recommended!more
Sep 2022, Julia
A great tour
Our trip to Beijing was brilliantly organised and stress free. As usual with China Highlights our guide Ivy was really well prepared, knowledgeable and dealt with all the security, covid checks and tests etc. It made the trip really easy.more
Aug 2022, Peter F
Trip to Beijing
I spent a couple of excellent days in Beijing thank to this agency and my private guide Ivy! An adorable journey, I swear! If you want to immerse yourself in the atmosphere of historical Beijing, here’s the place to address! I can’t recommend it enough. Ivy was just adorable, she woke up my curiosity with her methods of leading me through the historical time line by challenging my imagination and rationality at the same time. All the facts were given in the context which I especially appreciate, she had the answers to all of my questions, and moreover she knew what made me ask them! The service was 10/10. The driver and the guide were both very patient, resourceful and attentive to their clients problems and little suggestions. It literally took them 1 day to organize everything for me as I decided to go to Beijing at the very last moment; every single member of the China highlights team was attentive to my needs and wishes.more
Aug 2022, Take_the_money
Trip to Beijing
Zac is helpful and very professional。more
Aug 2022, Take_the_money
Successful Trip to Beijing from Shanghai Shortly after Lockdown
As always, Monica has helped us with all the travel arrangements, planned our trip and followed up with us during the whole travel. It was challenging coming from Shanghai to Beijing shortly after the massive lockdown so we appreciated this attention a lot. It was too hot, so first day in the Forbidden City was a challenge but Ivy was helping us find as much shade as possible. We also visited Mutianyu Great Wall section, Temple of Heaven, Universal Studios, Summer Palace, Olympic Site and went on Hutong tour. Even though it might seem a lot, our small children managed well and loved everything about this trip. Ivy was very flexible with the length of explanations and rerouting our travel depending on temperate and tiredness. Overall, it was a success and we will for sure travel again with China Highlights.more
Jul 2022, ondrej1980
Itinerary Quick Look
Here is a suggested itinerary. We are happy to customize a tour according to your interests.
This trip is recommended from April to October.
Pickup at Yinchuan Hedong Airport is followed by a private transfer to Xige Winery. Enjoy wine tasting and an organic lunch alone with the view of the vineyard.
Stay overnight in a tent in the desert.
Have a whole day of fun in Shapotou, where you can experience dune bashing, sand sledding, camel trekking, and sheepskin rafting.
Learn how to make wheat grass squares and turn a little piece of desert into grassland.
Stay overnight at the Suji Yellow River. The butlers of the hotel will take you over from your tour guide and arrange the rest of your trip.
Desert, the Yellow River, the Great Wall, and an ancient village — where these elements come together, Suji Yellow River can simultaneously satisfy and surprise your imagination regarding northwest China, bringing you a unique holiday experience.
You may choose to stay there longer. The butlers of the hotel can also arrange the transfer to the airport for you when you're ready.
—the Icing on the Cake
Boutique hotels are recommended to enrich your travel experience.
- Private air-conditioned business car with big windows and ample space
- English speaking local guide
- Activities, hotels, and meals listed in the itinerary
- 24/7 helpline for while you are traveling
Tour code: nx-2