Cross China Road Trip 05: Ningxia Autonomous Region, Shapotou: Camping on a Basketball Court

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Really great being out of the big city. From the madness of Gao Miao Si and its dungeon from Hell, a few hours down the road is the presently empty holiday village at Shapotou as it winds down for the winter.

imageYong Fa’s place

So this woman called Yong Fa flags me down and shows me her beautiful home with a courtyard converted into a vegetable garden and hanging vines. Though the rooms are really cheap I ask her if it’s possible to camp somewhere around the village. So nice, even though she’s going to miss out on a night’s rent she says it’s been raining lately so the ground isn’t great. Instead she takes me around the corner to the basketball court in front of the village hall and says I can park up there for the night. Amazing!


The camp bed fits inside nicely if you take out…

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