It has an area of 16,986.1 km2 (6,558.4 sq mi) and a population of 1,041,821.
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. The prefecture is also the location of the beginning of the northern bend in the Yellow River that produces the Ordos Loop.
|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|