Beijing Guoan continues to hold the third and final Asian Champions League spot after playing out a 1-1 draw with nearest challenger Guizhou Renhe.
However, Beijing left it late to snatch a point, trailing for much of the match to a 40th-minute strike from
The result leaves both teams locked on 34 points, with Beijing one place better off on goal difference.
Guangzhou closed three points behind the pair thanks to a 5-1 hammering of bottom club Wuhan Zall.
Ning netted his second of the match on the stroke of half-time before completing a hat-trick after 54 minutes. Yuan Zhang then wrapped up the scoring in the final minute shortly after
Defeat leaves Wuhan eight points from safety with nine matches remaining.
Shanghai Shenxin moved two points above the drop zone with a 1-1 draw at Hangzhou Greentown.
His side was eliminated by Central Coast Mariners but Adelaide United coach Josep Gombau remains excited about next season.