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中卫市 · ﺟْﻮوِ شِ‎
Prefecture-level city
Wolfberry fields in Zhongning County, Zhongwei City
Wolfberry fields in Zhongning County, Zhongwei City
Zhongwei in Ningxia
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[edit]

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# 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

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See also[edit]


  1. ^ (in 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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