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Top 10 Attractions in Hulunbuir, Top Things to Do in Hulunbuir

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019
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Hulunbuir ( or Hulunbeier ) is a prefecture-level city in northeastern Inner Mongolia. Hulunbuir was once a league until in October, 2001 when it was established as a prefecture-level city.Its local government is now seated in Hailar District which used to be known as the city of Hailar ( or Hailaer ).

Hulunbuir administrates 13 different county-level regions: one district, five county-level cities, four banners and three autonomous banners including Hailar District, Manzhouli City, Ergun City, New Barag Left Banner, Evenk Autonomous Banner and more. It has an area of 263,000 square km, the size of Jiangsu Province and Shandong Province in China.

Northeastern Inner Mongolia Tour affords Hulunbuir Grassland, the finest pasture in China and the best preserved grassland in the world! The Erguna River area in Hulunbuir was once the living area for Genghis Khan’s forefathers. Ergun City was the hometown of Genghis Khan (1162-1227), who here united all the tribes and started to conquer most of Asia and Eastern Europe.

1. Hulun Buir Prairie 呼伦贝尔大草原
Hulunbuir Prairie is the best preserved grassland with fertile vegetation in China, known as “King of Pature”, a paradise of grasslands comprising the forest grasslands, meadows, and classic grasslands, one of the best preserved grasslands in the world.

Hulun Buir Prairie

Hulunbuir is crisscrossed by hundreds of rivers, large and small, which have made this area a mecca for local Mongolian nomads and herders. Hunlunbeier Grasslands are also dubbed as the “most unsullied prairie” due to the pollution-free skies.

Best Visit Time: May – September ( July and August are the best months )
Add: New Barag Left Banner 呼伦巴尔市陈巴尔虎旗
Entrance Fee: RMB20
How to get there: Take shuttle bus from Hailar to the Grassland.
Tel: 0470-8217020

2. Golden Horde Mongolian Tribe 金帐汗蒙古部落
It is a tourist destination, the only nomadic tribe open to the tourists. It is a reproduction of the camping tents in Genghis Khan’s time, a kind of travel experience bringing people back to the old days. It is built in the heartland of Hulunbuir Grassland, on the banks of Moergele River that is hailed as China’s first Qushui (River bends).

Golden Horde Mongolian Tribe

This area’a natural pasture is well known home and abroad. Historical records show, many ancient ethnic groups once originated and developed. They lived here from generation to generation till the 12th and 13th centuries when Genghis Khan and his followers united all the Mongolian tribes here and marched towards the areas in most of Asia and Eastern Europe.

Best Visit Time: May – September ( July and August are the best months )
Add: On the banks of Moergele River the New Barag Left Banner 呼伦巴尔市陈巴尔虎旗莫尔格勒河畔
Entrance Fee: free
How to get there: Take shuttle bus from Hailar ( along S201 and 36km )
Opening Hours: 08:00 – 18:00

3. Shiwei 室韦
Shiwei is a border town in the northeast of Ergun City (Eerguna City). It is on the east bank of the Ergun River (Eerguna River) and abuts Russia. Shiwei is inhabited mostly by the Chinese-Russian descendants.

Shiwei

Shiwei is one of the cradles of Mongols. Now it is a beautiful town with multi-ethnic groups including Mongols. It was once listed as one of top ten most beautiful townships in China. The town and its surrounding villages feature the Russian style in terms of architectures and living habits. Stay overnight in a traditional Russian style wooden house ( Mukeleng House) is a top choice for many tourists.

Best Visit Time: May – September ( July and August are the best months )
Add: Shiwei, Ergun City, Hulunbuir 呼伦巴尔额尔古纳室韦镇
Entrance Fee: free
How to get there: Take bus from Hailar to Ergun City, then take bus from Eerguna to Shiwei
Hire a car or van from Hailaier to Shiwei ( 160km, 4 hours )
Opening Hours: All year

4. Moerdaoga National Forest Park 莫尔道嘎国家森林公园
The Moerdaoga National Forest Park is the first national forest park in the Greater Khingan Range (Greater Xing’an Mountain ) within Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. It is the biggest national forest park of its kind in China. “Moerdaoga” literally means that “Set out for battle and Ride your horses” that was legendarily said by Genghis Khan who tried to integrate the tribes.

Entrance to Moerdaoga National Forest Park

The forest park abuts the Hulunbuir Grassland on the south, the Erguna River on the north, filled with old and tall trees and numerous streams and rivers. The park is within the administration Moerdaoga Town of Ergun City.

Best Visit Time: May – September ( July and August are the best months )
Add: Moerdaoga Town, Ergun City, Hulunbuir 呼伦巴尔额尔古纳莫尔道嘎镇
Entrance Fee: RMB130
How to get there: Take bus from Hailar to the Park ( Daily one bus 8 hours)
Take overnight train from Hailaer to Moerdaoga Town ( 10 hours )

5. Aoluguya Ewenki Ethnic Township 敖鲁古雅鄂温克民族乡
The town is inhabited by the Ewenki people, the only hunting tribe left in China which still keeps the habit of raising reindeers. They came from Siberia over three hundred years ago and have been living in the dense primeval forest and surviving on herding reindeers.

People would like to walk around the town and visit the Aoluguya Ewenki Ethnic Reindeer Museum and primary tribes and handicrafts workshops.

The cone shaped house covered with birch bark is the temporary house for Evenki live in forests

Best Visit Time: May – September ( July and August are the best months )
Add: Aoluguya Township, Mangui Town, Genhe City, Hulunbuir 呼伦贝尔根河市满归镇以北约17公里敖鲁古雅乡
Entrance Fee: RMB80
How to get there: Take bus from Hailar to Ergun, then connect bus for Aoluguya ( 260km to the northeast of Hailaer )
Take train from Hailaer to Mangui Town, connect bus for Aoluguya

6. Ergun City (Eerguna)额尔古纳
The legendary city of Ergun is located on the northen area of Hulunbuir Prairie and on the right bank of Ergun River with an area of 28,400 km2. It was the hometown of Genghis Khan (1162-1227), who united all the tribes and started to conquer most of Asia and Eastern Europe.

Ergun City

Best Visit Time: May – September ( July and August are the best months )
Add: 130km to the northeast of Hailaer District of Hulunbuir
Entrance Fee: Free
How to get there: Take bus from Hailar to Ergun (130km to the northeast of Hailaer)

7. Genhe Wetland ( Or Xishan Wetland ) 根河湿地
Genhe Wetland has an area of 126,000 hectare , the largest wetland in Asia, about 3km to the west of Ergun City. Genhe Wetland is scattered around the forest and the grassland with many types including marshes, shrub swamps, swamp forest, open bogs and moss.

Genhe Wetland is on the plain delta formed by Erguna River and other three alpine rivers including Genhe River, Deerbugan River and Hawuer River.

Genhe Wetland ( Or Xishan Wetland )

Best Visit Time: May – October
Add: Xishan, Ergun City, Hulunbuir 呼伦贝尔额尔古纳市西山
Entrance Fee: RMB65
How to get there: Take bus from Ergun

8. Manzhouli City 满洲里
Manzhouli is the largest border city in Inner Mongolia. It abuts Russia in the north, approx. 192km to the west of Hailaier (the city center of Hulunbuir). Manzhouli has the largest border crosssing in China. The National Gate ( Guo Men ) is 9 kilometers to the west of Manzhouli Downtown.

Manzhouli is a port city of comprising the folk customs of the three countries including China, Russia and Mongolia, a blend of Chinese and Western cultures. The City is rife with unique buildings of Russian, Monglian and Chinese styles. See Top 10 Attrctions in Manzhouli for more travel information.

Architecture of Manzhouli

Architecture of Manzhouli

9. Hulun Lake 呼伦湖
Hulun Lake, also known as Dalai Hu, and Hulun Nur in Mongolian. this massive lake pops out of the landscape 36km south of Manzhoul, China’s fifth-largest lake. Hulun Lake is located near the National Highway No.301 on the route from Hailar to Manzhouli. You can visit Hulun Lake either from Hailar or Manzhouli. The lake itself is under the jurisdiction of Manzhouli City, but it actually lies in the area surrounded by Manzhouli, New Barag Left Banner and New Barag Right Banner.

The Hulun Lake is an ideal summer resort in terms of cool climate, beautiful scenery and fresh air. If you come here in summer, you are able to participate in many activities such as boating on the lake, fishing on the lake shore, sunbathing, bird watching. You can also have a bite of the local all-fish feast with numerous delicious and nourishing dishes of fish.

Entrance fee: RMB 20
Opening Hours: 8:00 – 18:00
How to get there: Hire a taxi from Manzhouli ( RMB200 return)
Tel: 0470-6530166
See Hulun Lake for more information.

Hulun Lake

Hulun Lake

10. World Antifascist War Hailaer Memorial Park 海拉尔反法西斯纪念园
World Anti-fascist War Hailar Memorial Park is a war theme park built on the former Hailar Fortress originally constructed by the Japanese Forces of Aggression during the Second World War. The Hailar Fortress was one of the 17 fortresses ever set ip by the Japanese invaders in the Northeast China from 1931 to 1945.

The Hailar Fortress is located on the open area 3km in the north of Hailar District of Hulunbuir City. The fortress is surrounded by the Aobao Mountain and the Beishan Mountain on its three sides. The fortress is composed of two connected parts – the ground part and underground part. The underground works was about 12 – 17 meters below the ground works. The Hailar Fortress takes an area of 22 square kilometers with 5 major posions and 4 auxiliary positions.

Entrance fee: RMB60
Opening Hours: 8:00 – 17:30
How to get there: Hire a taxi or bus from Hailar ( 3km to the north )

World Antifascist War Hailaer Memorial Park

World Antifascist War Hailaer Memorial Park

Futher Readings

Hulun Lake Travel Tips
World Anti-fascist War Hailar Memorial Park
Architecture of Manzhouli
Ergun Travel Guide
Aoluguya Travel Guide
Moerdaoga Travel Guide
Shiwei Travel Tips
How to visit Hulunbuir Grassland
Any questions,  just drop a line.

Best Night Views of Manzhouli City

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019
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If you are a newbie in Manzhouli City, or a tourist passing through, I’m happy to recommend you to hang out one night to look at the splendid night views of the exotic and largest border city in China,  a  border crossing which connects China, Russia and Mongolia.

Beautifully Lit up Buildings
Manzhouli has the mixed folk custom of the three countries including China, Russia and Mongolia, a blend of Chinese and Western cultures. The city is crisscrossed with intriguing buildings of Russian, European, Mongolian and Chinese styles.

The Chessboard-like Layout of the Illuminated Manzhouli City

The Chessboard-like Layout of the Illuminated Manzhouli City

At nightfall,  all the 162 buildings of different styles lined on the 12 streets in the city center, are lit up brightly, turning the remote and far-flung border city into an otherworldly wonderland.

The European Style Buildings in Manzhouli

The European Style Buildings in Manzhouli

Beihu Park Skyline at Night
Beihu Park is a perfect place for an evening stroll while enjoying its brilliant night skyline. Beihu Park, literally “North Lake Park”, is located north of the Fifth Avenue in the city center of Manzhouli.

Beihu Park Skyline at Night

Beihu Park Skyline at Night

Its lake shoreline is set in brilliant lights with high-rises standing above, also brightly lightened, posing the magnificent night skyline in Manzhouli. The Beihu Park skyline is not to be dwarfed by  the world-famous Pudong Skyline.  It’s worth your visit on your night trip.

Beihu Park Skyline at Night

Beihu Park Skyline at Night

The Lively Pedestrian Street in the Evening
What makes Manzhouli unique is not only its exotic buildings, but also the mixed diversity of its people. Yes, the pedestrian street, officially known as “Sino-Russian Street”, is a bit touristy, but it is really a nice place, especially in summer. You sit down at a cafe and just enjoy people watch.

The Lit-up Sino-Russian Street

The Lit-up Sino-Russian Street

 

A Pretty Russian Girl

A Pretty Russian Girl

You will see beautiful Russian girls standing on the street for photo taking; Russian women sit on the street-side benches for relaxation; lovers, family members, friends or lonely travelers all come together, creating a peaceful night view.

The street makes a lovely walk in the evening.

The street makes a lovely walk in the evening.

The street makes a lovely walk in the evening and offers a great opportunity for Street photography.

A Panoramic View of Manzhouli at Night
Yingshan  Orthodox Church is a good spot for a bird’s-eye view of an overall view of Manzhouli City. The church is perched high on Yingshan Hill, about 5km southeast of the Sino-Russian Pedestrian Street.

The illuminated Yingshan Orthodox Church

The illuminated Yingshan Orthodox Church

Yingshan Orthodox Church is a newly built landmark, a replica of Russian-style orthodox church. It is mainly used for holding local wedding ceremonies and tourist sightseeing as well.

A Panoramic View of the Lightened Manzhouli City.

A Panoramic View of the Lightened Manzhouli City.

Standing on the high compound of Yinshan Church, people can have a clear and overall view of Hanzhouli City. The best time to view the whole city is in the evening when neon and lights are lit up on the streets and buildings.

Add On
Manzhouli Architecture
Beihu Park Skyline at Night in Manzhouli
Inner Mongolia Tour

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Road Trip from Ergun to Linjiang Village

Monday, July 1st, 2019
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plan your Inner Mongolia Tour? Ergun, or E’erguna (额尔古纳市) is part of the prefecture-level city of Hulunbuir in Inner Mongolia. The 200-km road trip from Ergun City to the beguiling Linjiang (临江), a village bordering with Russia, is the highlight of our 8-day photography Hulunbuir Prairie tour.

The road trip finds us see cottony clouds hovering so low it seems we could easily them with cattle grazing, sheep roaming and horses running wild with their masters.

On route we also have a short side trip to Shiwei, one of the smallest ethnic minority groups in China – the China’s Russian Ethnic Minority.  Finally we stay overnight at the quiet and serene bordering village – Linjiang.

One of the features of a photography tour is “off the cuff “,  stopping at the places where we see beautiful photogenic spots: rolling green hills, wild flowers, white clouds, grazing cattle and sheep. We don’t get off at those touristy and commercialized horse-riding and costume hiring camps and stations along the highways.

Not long after we leave Ergun City, we encounter the stupendous scenery of cottony clouds,  so low we are afraid they will hit our tour bus!

We are hit by cottony clouds.

We are hit by cottony clouds.

 

But what makes us stop and get off our bus is the undulating green hills that teems with grazing cattle on the right side of the highway! We lose no time, asking our bus driver to pull over and disembarking immediately.

Standing by the roadside, we zoom in and out for the stupendous view!

Standing by the roadside, we zoom in and out for the stupendous view!

 

Standing by the roadside, I use my long lens camera zooming in and out for the magnificent views of the harmonious beauty unfolded before our eyes, and exhilarated by the gift from the heaven.

Exhilarated by the gift from the heaven

Exhilarated by the gift from the heaven

 

The green hillslopes are dappled with changing sunlight and colors, mostly wanted by photography enthusiasts.

The green hill slopes are dappled with changing sunlight and colors

The green hillslopes are dappled with changing sunlight and colors.

Back to the bus, we continue to hit the road, busing on the highway to Shiwei Township, a bordering village only 11 km to the southwest of Linjiang Village – our destination.

Our choice of Linjiang Village for our overnight stay is mainly due to the fact that Linjiang Village has not succumbed to tourist mania that has affected the nearby Shiwei Village.

Ergun River cuts through the border area.

Ergun River cuts through the border area.

 

We are given only two hours sightseeing around Shiwei Township. Located on the east bank of Ergun River, Shiwei is now a lively border town abutting Russia inhabited mostly by the Chinese-Russian descendants. Shiwei was once  a cradle of multi-ethnic groups including Mongols.

Zoom in for a close look at the village on the Russian side.

Zoom in for a close look at the village on the Russian side.

 

About 10 years ago Shiwei was on the limelight for its natural and pristine beauty, and even elected as one of the 10 most beautiful villages in China at that time.

Even since, the village has been aways packed with tourists in high season.  Now Shiwe is no longer a laid-back village that has fallen to the victim of mass tourism.

The Russian-style wooden houses

The Russian-style wooden houses

 

But that doesn’t deter us from making use of the two hours snapping some pictures recording the best part of Shiwei. The town  features the Russian style in terms of architectures and living habits.

Stay overnight in a traditional Russian style wooden house is a top choice for many tourists.

Traditional Russian style wooden houses

Traditional Russian style wooden houses

 

Two hour later finds us heading to the bucolic hamlet – Linjiang, also a bordering village with Russia,  separated by Ergun River.

Before we reach the laid-back village, we are led to hike up a high viewing place for a soul-recharging glimpse of the big bend on Ergun River.

 Put up our tripods and set our cameras in right conditions

Put up our tripods and set our cameras in right conditions

 

We are also required by our instructor to put up our tripods and set our cameras in right conditions to catch the glowing sunset over the big curve of the sublime border river with the other side being Russia.

Catch the glowing sunset over the big curve

Catch the glowing sunset over the big curve

 

At the end of our road trip, we get to the anachronistic hamlet – Linjiang Village abutting Russia. This tiny hamlet is really a time wrap hemmed by rolling green hills without much modernity in sight. There is a quietness and serenity over the two-horse village.

We are arranged to stay overnight in a privately owned inn. After walking in the dimly lit village street and back to my room, I fall into sleep soon,  too tired to take a shower as usual after the exciting but exhausting day trip.

Next morning I wake up naturally, missing the sunrise over the charm village. But later I soon get to know that a thick fog has been hovering over the village and we don’t have sunrise on that morning.

One of my fellow travelers – Ms. Li Xin does get up that morning, climbing up on the hills over the village for a spirit-recharge view though she fails to catch the sunrise due to the heavy haze.  Below are the two pictures taken both by Ms Li Xin and the other fellow traveler on that foggy morning:

The fog-shrouded Linjiang Village in the early morning

The fog-shrouded Linjiang Village in the early morning

 

Ms Li Xin at work in the foggy morning

Ms Li Xin at work in the foggy morning

We are again only allowed a few hours walking around the serene village. The temptation to see the village is so great that I jump up from my warm bed,  putting on clothes, taking out my long lens camera and mobile phone, and darting to the streets to catch the beautiful morning of the bucolic village.

Linjiang Village

Linjiang Village

 

Linjiang Village

Linjiang Village

Hassle-Free Private Tour to Visit Hulunbuir in Inner Mongolia
If you don’t want go the daunting do-it-yourself-route and prefer an organized hassle-free private tour to visit Hulunbuir Grassland, the finest pasture in China, no worry and we have the following options:

Beijing Hulunbuir Classic Loop 6 Day Tour   Starting from US$ 959 p/p.
Beijing Hulunbeier Folk Culture 4 Day Tour  Starting from US$ 845 p/p.

Further Readings


Top 10 Attractions in Hulunbuir
Top 10 Photo Spots in Hulunbuir
Shiwei Town

Hulunbuir Grassland

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