Climate and Weather
Yinchuan, situated in the arid northwest of China, has a harsh climate. The temperatures of the four seasons are fairly distinctly separated here, although in any season the likelihood is that you will experience strong winds, dryness and frequent sandstorms. The average yearly temperature is between 8 and 9 degrees C. The coldest month of January averages minus 9, while the hottest month has an average of 23 degrees C. Annual rainfall, despite the picture on our right, is less than 8 inches.
Monthly Average Temperatures in Yinchuan (degrees C.)
If you plan to visit Yinchuan, or other areas in this vast and little visited province, it is advisable that you bring along sunglasses and a hat, useful for both the raging sun and as protection against the sandstorms. Generally, the best time to visit is between May and October.
Local Festivals and Folk Custom
The major festivals of the Hui people in Ningxia include the Lesser Bairam, the Corban (Slaughtering Festival), and the Birthday of Mohammed.
The Lesser Bairam
The Lesser Bairam is one of the important red-letter days of the Hui people. It falls on some day in September until October 1 by the Hui calendar. Muslims can have meals only before sunrise and after sunset. During the festival, people are in their best, cook snacks, and visit friends and relatives.
Also known as the Slaughtering Festival, Corban falls on December 10 by the solar calendar. During the festival, Muslims will pray in the mosques during the day, and every household will slaughter sheep, cattle or camels in celebration. The meat is divided into three parts: one for the household, one for guests, and one for the poor.
The Birthday of Mohammed
This festival falls on March 12 by the solar calendar in commemoration of the birthday and the death of Mohammed. On this day, Muslims gather to chant scriptures, tell the story of Mohammed, and having a banquet. Food in Ningxia is mainly featured by Muslim flavors. There are various local snacks mostly featuring the flavor of the Hui people.
Other Odds and Ends
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