Ningxia (宁夏; Níngxià) is an autonomous region in North West China.
Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, established on October 25th, 1958, is bordered by Inner Mongolia to the north and west, Shaanxi to the east and Gansu to the south. The region is mostly mountains and plains with little truly fertile land. The Chinese Muslims, the Huis, make up 1/3 of the population of the region.
Around 1000 AD, the Tangut kingdom of Western Xia was centered in Ningxia, and often in conflict with the Song, Liao, and Jin dynasties. In 189 years the throne changed hands ten times. Eventually it was overrun by the Mongols and absorbed into the Chinese empire of its day. Marco Polo visited it at around that time.
The Great Wall of China within Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region
One of the better cups of tea offered in this region is the "eight treasures tea" (八宝茶). It yields (not surprisingly) eight ingredients. Sugar lumps, wolfberries, tea leaves.
The Ningxia University offers short and long term courses of Mandarin for foreign students. As of January 2013, there are about 80 foreign students enrolled in the International Education College, mostly from Korea, Sudan, Pakistan and the United States. Students can enroll through the Ningxia Silk Road Travel Agency .