中卫市 · ﺟْﻮوِ شِ
Prefecture-level city

Wolfberry fields in Zhongning County, Zhongwei City

Zhongwei in Ningxia
Coordinates: 37°30′36″N 105°10′48″E / 37.51000°N 105.18000°E / 37.51000; 105.18000Coordinates: 37°30′36″N 105°10′48″E / 37.51000°N 105.18000°E / 37.51000; 105.18000
Country People's Republic of China
Region Ningxia
Municipal seat Shapotou
  Total 16,986.1 km2 (6,558.4 sq mi)
  Total 1,041,821
  Density 61/km2 (160/sq mi)
Time zone China Standard (UTC+8)
Postal code 755000
Area code(s) 0955
Website nxzw.gov.cn

Zhongwei (simplified Chinese: 中卫; traditional Chinese: 中衛; pinyin: Zhōngwèi; Wade–Giles: Chung-wei; literally: "middle guard") is a prefecture-level city of Ningxia, People's Republic of China.

It has an area of 16,986.1 km2 (6,558.4 sq mi) and a population of 1,041,821.[1]


Zhongwei's main attraction is Gao Miao, a temple that has hosted Confucian, Buddhist, and Taoist ceremonies. A bomb shelter was also built beneath the temple during the Cultural Revolution. It has since been converted into a rendition of a Buddhist hell.[2] The prefecture is also the location of the beginning of the northern bend in the Yellow River that produces the Ordos Loop.

Administrative divisions

# Name Hanzi Hanyu Pinyin Xiao'erjing Population
(2003 est.)
Area (km²) Density
1 Shapotou District 沙坡头区 Shāpōtóu Qū ﺷَﺎپُتِﻮْ ﺛُﻮْ 350,000 4,633 76
2 Zhongning County 中宁县 Zhōngníng Xiàn ﺟْﻮنٍ ﺷِﯿًﺎ 410,000 2,841 144
3 Haiyuan County 海原县 Hǎiyuán Xiàn هَیْیُوًا ﺷِﯿًﺎ 380,000 6,979 54


Zhongwei Railway Station in December 2015

See also


  1. (Chinese) Profile of Zhongwei, visited on May 31, 2008.
  2. Harper, Damian; Fallon, Steve; Gaskell, Katja; Grundvig, Julie; Heller, Carolyn; Huhta, Thomas; Mayhew, Bradley (2005). China (9th ed.). Lonely Planet. p. 980. ISBN 978-1-74059-687-9. OCLC 61143558.
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