Inner Mongolia TourLife is a journey. Now, let's ignite the torches in our dream and start our trip to the magical Inner Mongolia wrapped up with myth, legend, grasslands and deserts! The word "Mongolia" spreads before us the picture of the spectacular scenery, hospitable Mongolian herders and Mongol hordes galloping along.
Of course, our knowledge of Mongolia mostly comes from the man who needs no introduction - Genghis Khan. In 13th century, he and his Mongols conquered the half known world and established the largest empire ever in human history. With bow and sword, Genghis Khan and his Mongol cavalry crosssed the 15,000km Eurasian Steppe to the Dnieper River, opening the door of East and West, and connecting the civilizations on the route formed by the Mediterranean Sea, Iran, India and China in the Far East.
Inner Mongolia is the second largest provincial-level region in China, just after Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, and spans over 1.18 million km². Inner Mongolia is divided into 12 prefecture-level divisions: 9 cities and 3 leagues including Hohhot, Baotou, Ordos，Banyannur, Ulanchabu (Ulanqab), Chifeng, Tongliao, Hulunbeier (Hulunbuir), Wuhai, Xilingol League, Xingan League and Alashan League (Alxa).
To better understand and visit Inner Mongolia, we divide Inner Mongolia into four tourism areas: Mid-Inner Mongolia (around Hohhot), East Inner Mongolia (Xilingol), Northeast Inner Mongolia (Hulunbuir) and West Inner Mongolia (Alxa). Each tourism area has its own unique landscape and history background, geography and transport. Choose your favorite tourism zone and march forward!
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Top Inner Mongolia Tour
| Destination: Hohhot + Grassland
Duration: 3 Days
Tour Type: Private Tour
Tour Code: HPT-03
Price: from 230 p/p
| Destination: Beijing, Taipusi Qi, Zhenglan Qi, Xanadu and Duolun
Duration: 3 Days
Tour Type: Private (Loop Road Trip)
Best Travel Time: July - August
Tour Code: ETIM-03
Price: from 319 p/p
|Attractions: Gegentala Grassland, horseback riding (optional), Performances of Mongolian style wrestling, bonfire party, Dazhao Monastery, Inner Mongolia Museum and Jiangjun Yashu at Suiyuan City.
Meals: As listed
Vehicle: Car or van
Service: Entrance fees + Private tour guide
Accommodation: Chariot yurts or deluxe yurts
Inter-city Transportation: Beijing - Hohhot - Beijing Soft sleeper ( 4 people in one cabin )
Tour Code: BIMT-01
Price: Starting from US$400 p/p
Attractions: Gegentala Grassland, horseback riding (optional), Performances of Mongolian style wrestling, bonfire party, the Resonant Sand Gorge, Dazhao Monastery, Inner Mongolia Museum and Jiangjun Yashu at Suiyuan City
Meals: As listed
Vehicle: Car or van
Service: Entrance fees + Private tour guide
Accommodation: Chariot yurts or deluxe yurts
Inter-city Transportation: Beijing - Hohhot - Beijing Soft sleeper ( 4 people in one cabin )
Tour Code: BIMT-03
Price: Starting from US$510 p/p
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|Mid-Inner Mongolia: Including Hohhot, Baotou, Ordos，Banyannur and Ulanchabu (5 cities)
Northwest of Beijing, Mid-Inner Monglia is the most visited area due to its easy access from Beijing by air and train. Though much industrialised, Mid-Inner Mongolia is still worth a visit with three well-known grasslands including Gegentala, Xilamuren and Huitenxila, sand sliding at the Resonant Sand Gorge, Genghis Khan's Tomb at Ejin Horo and the great capital city of Hohhot in Inner Mongolia.
4 Day Beijing Inner Mongolia Impression Tour from US$400 p/p
5 Day Beijing Inner Mongolia Feeling Tour from US$510 p/p
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|East Inner Mongolia: Including Xilingol League, Chifeng, and Tongliao (2 cities and 1 league)
North of Beijing, East Inner Mongolia is the area with the closest proximity to Beijing. The Xilingol Grassland is one of the five largest natural pastures in the world. It consists of marshlands, grasslands, sand dunes, and wetlands, with over 1,200 plants growing on the grasslands. The East Mongolia's charm also lies in its splendid culture which is epitomized by the world famous Xanadu (Shangdu), the summer capital of Kublai Khan's Yuan empire, Hongshan Culture and the ancient capital of Liao Dynasty, dubbed as the craddle of "China Northern Culture".
Beijing Xilingol 5 Day Round Trip Tour
Beijing Chifeng 4 Day Round Trip Tour from US$305 p/p
3 Day Beijing Shangdu (Xanadu) Tour from US$319 p/p
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|Northeast Inner Mongolia: Including Hulunbeier (Hulunbuir) and Xingan League (1 city and 1 league)
Northeast of Beijing, Northeast Inner Mongolia is a paradise of grasslands, and the Hulunbeier (Hulunbuir) Grassland is the finest pasture in China and the best preserved grassland in the world! The Erguna River area in Hulunbuir was the living place for Genghis Khan's forefathers. Ergun City was the hometown of Genghis Khan. Sino-Russian Border Town - Manzhouli is worth a visit.
Beijing Hulunbuir Classic Loop 6 Day Tour
Beijing Hulunbeier Folk Culture 4 Day Tour
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|West Inner Mongolia: Including Alashan (Alxa) League and Wuhai (1 city and 1 league)
The West Inner Mongolia mainly refers to Alxa League (Alashan League). The league consists of three banners including Alxa Left Banner (Alashan Zuo Qi), Alxa Right Banner (Alashan Right Banner) and Erjin Banner (Erjina Qi) with its capital at Bayanhot Town. This is the largest league in Inner Mongolia with an area of 270,000 km² and 29% of the league is covered by with desert - the world famou Badain Jaran（Badanjilin) Desert, extending to the provinces of Gansu and Ningxia. The league is also rich in historical relics and buddhist monasteries.
Beijing Yinchuan Alxa Highlight 7 Day Tour
Inner Mongolia Travel Tips
When to VisitInner Mongolia belongs to temperate continental and monsoon climate. The best time to visit Inner Mogolia is summer from June to September. The other five monthes from December to April are long and cold, not suitable for travelling. Accompanied with blizzards, the temperature often dips below the freezing point at night.
So the weather in summer (from June to August) is more comfortable, the change of the temperature between days and nights can be great too. In the evening you are advised to put on warm clothing when you travel on the grasslands even in summer time.
The short period between October 10 and October 18 is the best time to take photos of the golden yellow diversifolious poplar forest at Alashan (Alxa). Even in winter, you may choose to ski in the ski resorts dotted in Inner Mongolia.
Casual clothing and comfortable walking shoes are the must for your trip to Inner Mongolia. Make sure to take warm clothing as it is quite chilly and cold during the nights and early morning. You are advised to take sun hat, sunglasses, water bottle, snacks on your trip, your personal medical kit, sun screen lotion, toilet paper, camera and all possible personal things such as necessary medicine, cosmetics etc. Very often you cannot find them during your trip to Inner Mongolia.
Get There & AroundBasically, the transportation of Inner Mongolia has been solved. Generally speaking, taking flights are most expensive; traveling overland is most convenient, but a bit tiring; traving on train is both safe and economical with a classical feeling of "on road". So train trip is highly recommended. In general, the mid and east Inner Mongolia has better transport system than the west Inner Mongolia.
Of the all the cities in Inner Mongolia, seven cities have airports including Hohhot, Baotou, Xilinhot, Chifeng, Tongliao, Ulanhot and Hailaer (Hulunbuir). You may choose to fly to these places from Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Chengdu and Guangzhou, then connect trains or buses to your destinations.
Hohhot has opend up over 20 domestic flights and 2 international flights for Ulan Bator (Mongolia) and Chita (Russia).
If time permits, train travel is the first choice of travel around Inner Monglia since train trip is safe, comfortable and romantic. To visit West Inner Mongolia, you may choose to take the trains from Yinchuan from Ningxia Provice; to visit the mid Inner Mongolia, you can take the trains from Xian and Datong; to travel the East Inner Mongolia, you are recommended to take the trains from Shenyang (Liaoning Province), Changchun (Jilin Province) and Harbin (Heilongjiang Province).
Of course, Beijing is the most important starting place for your tip to Inner Mongolia. Several railway lines start from Beijing running through Inner Mongolia including Lanzhou Railway, Beijing Hohhot Railway and Beijing Baotou and Beijing Manzhouli railway lines.
Long-distance buses are the last choice for your travel in Inner Mongolia. But in some places in Alashan (Alxa ), the long-distance buses are the only choice for your traveling around. If possible, you are highly recommended to hire a 4-wheel vehicle to explore the west Inner Mongolia.
Top 10 Places in Inner MongoliaHohhot：An ancient city, the capital city of Inner Mongolia with numerous attractions like Dazhao Monastery, Five Pagoda Temple and Jiangjun Yashu at Suiyuan City.
Baotou: The largest city in Inner Mongolia with its biggest draws of the Resonant Sand Gorge and Xilamuren Grassland.
Hailaer (Hulunbuir): Having the finest pasture in China, the birth place of Genghis Khan and the border town of Manzhouli.
Ulanchabu (Ulanqab): Jining is the administrative seat of Ulanquab League which boasts the most visited grassland - Gegentala Grassland.
Xanadu (Shangdu): The holy place of the summer capital of Kublai Khan's Yuan empire.
Ordos: This legendary vast area has the beautiful Ordos Grassland the Genghis Khan's Tomb.
Xilinhot: The administrative seat of Xilingol League, the springboard for your exploration into the Xinligol Grassland.
Chifeng: The craddle of Hongshan Culture and the ancient capital of Liao Dynasty, dubbed as the craddle of "China Northern Culture".
Bayanhot: The administrative seat of the mysterious Alashan (Alxa) full of legends, myths typified by Badain Jaran Desert, Temples and Rock Carving.
Ergun: The hometown of Genghis Khan (1162-1227), he and his Mongols conquered the half known world and established the largest empire ever in human history.
Where to StayWhile traveling on the grasslands, staying the night in a yurt or a tent is highly recommended, enjoying the starry sky and feeling the great wildness. In some remote areas, the inns or hotels are very basic with relatively poor conditions. In large cities like Hohhot, Baotou, you can easily find splurge hotels.
Where to Stay in Mid-Inner Mongolia
Hotels in Hohhot
Shangri-La Hotel Hohhot （5*）
ADD: 5 Xi Lin Guo Le South Road, Hohhot, Inner Mongolia
Tel:: (86 471) 336 6888
Fax: (86 471) 336 6666
JinJiang International Hotel （5*）
Address: 119 Hulun Road（S）, Hohhot,
Inner Mongolia Hotel (5*): West Ulanchabu Road, Hohhot Tel: 0471 - 6964233
Zhaojun Hotel （3*）: 53 Xinhua Avenue, Hohhot Tel: 0471 - 6962211
Binyue International Hostel: 52 Zhaowuda Road, Hohhot Tel: 0471 - 6605666
Hotels in Baotou
Baotou Shangre-la Hotel
Address: No.66 Min Zu East Road, Qing Shan
Zip Code: 010020
Telephone: 86-472- 518882
Baotou Tianfeng Grand Hotel: 56 Bayantala Avenue, Donghe District, Baotou Tel: 0472 -4145533
Xihu Hotel: 10 Nanwaimen Avenue, Baotou Tel: 0472 - 4187101
Hotels in Ordos (Dongsheng)
Dongsheng Grand Hotel: 1 Hangjin North Road, Dongsheng, Ordos Tel: 0477 - 8363222
Ordos Grassland Scenic Resort
Add: 9km west of Xini Township, Hanggig Qi, Ordos
Tel: 0477 6626222
Stay in a yurt with modern facility inside.
Seven Star Lake Scenic Area in Ordos
ADD: Guitela Township, Hanggig Qi, Ordos
Tel: 0477 6898888
Stay in Yurts
There are three kinds of yurts at Gegentala Grassland - normal traditional yurts, deluxe yurts and war chariot yurts.
1.Normal traditional yurts:
These kinds of yurts are simple, more in traditional Mongolian style. It is made of hide supported by rod and easily taken apart. But it doesn't offer bath and toilet facitlities. So for those who stay in a traditional yurt, they have to use the public toilet and bath room, a little unconvenient for modern people. But still many people prefer these kinds of yurts as a kind of grassland experience.
2. Deluxe Yurts:
Deluxe yurts have almost the same fuctions and facilities as hotels. They look like yurt outside. But inside the yurts, they are just like the standard rooms of hotels - washing room, air-conditioned, bath room, refrigerate, tea tabble, desk and more.
3. War chariot yurts:
Genghis Khan conducted an aggressive foreign policy by having the Mongol invasions of East and Central Asia. In his life, the Mongol Empire finally occupied most of Asia. War chariot yurts were one his powerful weapons to overpass his counterparts. They were fast, mobile
Where to Stay in East Inner Mongolia
Hotels in Xilinhot
Yuanhe Jianguo Hotel: No.6 Nanjing Road, Xilinhot
Shengli Business Hotel: 500m West of Xilin Square, Xilinhot
Xiling Hotel: No.66 Xilin Main Street, Xilinhot
Bihai Express Hotel: No.109 Beizimiao Street, Xilinhot
Hotels in Chifeng
Jiu Tian International Hotel: Xing'an Street, Chifeng
Chi Feng Hotel: No.32 Zhaowuda Road, Hongshan District, Chifeng
Yu Long State Guest Hotel: No.9 Yulong Street,New City District, Chifeng
Huasheng Hotel: Liudao Street, Lindong Town, Chifeng
Hotels in Erlianhot
Tiedao Hotel: Next to Erlianhot Railway Station
Yuandu Hotel: Shangdu Town, Zhenglanqi Tel:0479 - 4227222
Hotels in Tongliao
Tongliao Hotel: 30 Lamulun Avenue, Keerqin District, Tongliao Tel: 0475 - 8280002
Hotels in Duolun
Duolun Hotel: 0479 - 4522209
Hotels in Zhenglanqi
Jinjiang Hotel: Opposite to the Zhenglanqi Long-distance Bus Station.
Where to Stay in Northeast Mongolia
Hotels in Hailar
Ibis Hotel (Hulunbuir Hailar): No.23 Shengli Avenue, Hailar District, Hulunbuir
Friendship International Hotel: No.10 Qiaotou Street, Hailar District, Hulunbuir
Hulunbeir Hotel: No.32 Shengli Avenue, Hailar District, Hulunbuir
Buir Hotel: No.36 Central Main Street, Hailaer District, Hulunbuir
Tianxin Business Hotel: 7 Tianxin Xiaoqu, Hailaer Tel: 0470 - 8353588
Beier Grand Hotel: 36 Central Mian Street, Hailaer Tel: 0470 - 8358455
Hotels in Manzhouli
Shangri-La Hotel Manzhouli:No.99 Liudao Street, Manzhouli
Manzhouli Grand Hotel: No.9 Zhongsu Street, Manzhouli
International Hotel: No.35 Erdao Street, Manzhouli
Fengzeyuan Hotel: Yidao Street, Manzhouli Tel: 0470 - 2254099
Chenglin Hotel: Sidao Street, Manzhouli Tel: 0470 - 6238866
Victoria Hotel: 16 Erdao Street, Manzhouli Tel: 0470 - 3919999
Where to Stay in West Inner Mongolia
Hotels in Bayanhot(Bayanhaote) Alxa Zuoqi
Sunshine Ecological Park Hotel：No.17 Yabulai Road, Bayanhaote Town, Alxa Zuoqi
Alashan Hotel: No.1 Dongguan Street, Bayanhaote Town, Alxa Zuoqi
Longxin Hotel：No.4 West Huayuan Street, Bayan Hot, Alxa Zuoqi
Kaiyuan Hotel：No.144 Heshuote South Road, Bayanhot Town, Alxa Zuoqi
Tenggeli International Hotel: Huayuan Street, Bayanhaote Town, Alxa Zuoqi
Pujing Hotel: Yabulai Road, Bayan Haote Town, Alxa Zuoqi
Xinxin Emperor Business Hotel: Tuerhute South Road, Bayan Hot Town, Alxa Zuoqi
Alxa League Hotel: No.8 Heshuote Road, BaBayehot Town, Alxa Zuoqi
Aolunbulage Hotel: Aolunbulage Town, Alxa Zuoqi
Yueliang Lake Desert Holiday Hotel: Yueliang Lake Scenic Zone (Moon Lake), Tenggelilaida, Alxa Zuoqi
Hotels in Ejina Banner (Ejina Qi)
Jinyang Hotel: Opposite to the Bus Station of Dalaihubu Town, Ejina Qi
Jinfengyuan Business Hotel: Dalaihubu Town, Ejina Qi
Hotels in Alxa Right Banner (Alxa Youqi)
Jinsha Holiday Hotel: Ekenhuduge Town, Alashan Youqi 0483 - 6026666
Shuili Hotel: Ekenhuduge Town, Alashan Youqi 0483 - 6026888
Sunlight Hotel: Ekenhuduge Town, Alashan Youqi 0483 - 6022086
Dongshan Hotel: Ekenhuduge Town, Alashan Youqi 0483 - 6025518
Inner Mongolia FoodFor its geography position and habitation, the cuisine in Inner-Mongolia features the venison and mutton. The Mongolia prairie is rich in all kinds of venison such as wild chicken, potherb, wild fungus and so on. The most outstanding cates are Baked whole sheep, Baked Gigot, Hand-tore Mutton, Crème, etc.. While eating the meat, you could taste its kumiss, surely the flavor will be a long aftertaste.
Roasted Whole Sheep
It is the traditional cuisine to entertain the honoured guest or to celebrate the grand pageant in Mongolia. The whole shape is dressed, stuffed with seasonings such as shallot, ginger, salt, etc., then baked. The cuisine keeps the complete shape of the sheep.
Baked Gigot is one of the traditional Inner-Mongolia cuisines. It is so famous for its delicious and the origin from the National Hero Genghis Khan's admiration. The Baked Gigot is quicker and more delicious than the whole baked sheep. Gash the cross on the skin, add carrot thread, shredded celery, shallot thread, ginger, tomato, pepper, sauce, refined salt and bree, then roast about for 4 hours in the oven.
Handlebar Mutton, as the name suggests, means that the mutton is taken by hand directly. It had been the essential food for the Herdsman to serve guests. It will be a deeply pity if you don't taste the Handlebar Mutton in you grassland tour. Divided the mutton into several pieces according to the articulations, then boil in the soup, when the mutton changes color, it could be taken.
Millet Stir-fried in Butter
Millet Stir-fried in Butter means Mongolian millet in Mongolian. Dip the millet in water, after steam, fry and grind. It could be eaten in several methods, for example, mix it with butter, crème, cheese, mutton and beef or mix without any thing, aromatic all the same.
Crème means white food in Chinese. Boil the fresh milk in slow fire, after a layer of fat coagulates on the surface, stir up in chopsticks , dry hung in aeration place, then the crème is completed. It is the distillate of the milk, sweet and aromatic, with abundant nutrition.
Also called butter with white or yellow colors. Ferment the fresh milk into yoghourt, whisk, then the musby white ghee is separated. Boil the white ghee until the water is vaporized. The color became into yellow, so called yellow ghee. Its fragrance is attractive.
Kumiss, the traditional belly-wash of llano, has been passed down two thousands of years. The Kumiss is cool, refreshing and with lower alcoholicity, besides, it also has the function of dispelling cold, and strengthen stomach. Especially in summer, it is the best time to drink Kumiss, and the aromatic waves to everywhere.
An instant-boiled mutton, a very famous Northern Chinese hot pot dish which is also called the Mongolian Fire Pot or dip-boil mutton.
What to BuyThe strong folk flavor of Inner-Mongolia gives birth to various unique specialties including the silverwares, carpet, Mongolian knife, horse head string instrument, ox horn handcrafts, cashmere and so on.
If you are interested in these handcrafts, the local bazaars, or markets will be ideal places. Inner-Mongolia Antique Shop on Xilin Road, in Hohhot city and the Zhongshan Road in front of the railway station in Baotou city are also popular by the tourist for their abundant specialties, make sure they will bring you some surprise.
Mongolian Silverwares have been famous as early as back to Yuan Dynasty, which include bowl, knife, pot and wine vessel, harness, headwear, etc. The silverwares are finely crafted, vivid in color and traditional ethnic.
Mongolian Carpet is characterized with elaborate technics, nice flexibility, soft handle, and colorful patterns. The Carpet is made of local wool, colored with mineral and plant biased dyes and hand woven. Its categories are abundant including natural colored carpet, archaized carpet, Han Dynasty-style carpet, and artistic tapestry.
Mongolian Knife is the daily products and also the baldric of the Mongolian man. A man without his knife will be looked down upon. The Mongolian knife is in various categories and all kinds of sculpts. The blade is made of steel while the handle is made of red wood or ox horn. The scabbard is made of gold, silver and copper, carved with patterns such as dragon, tiger, cloud, head of animal, etc. The Camel-shaped Mongolian knife is particularly worth mentioning.
Horse head string instrument
Horse head string instrument is a bowed stringed instrument with a scroll carved like a horse's head, used by the Mongolians. At the top end of the pole, a horse head holds high fastuously, and two strings stand on each side. The body looks like a courser, while the string like the horsewhip in the shepherd. Its refined sculpt and melodious sound are vivid.
Ox horn handcrafts
Ancient normads used ox horn to hold alcohol when they made an alliance, so this ox horn is called alliance cup. Now the ox horn handicrafts are roughly divided into three categories: wall-decoration, ornaments and accessories. Altogether there are more than 100 types of products such as animals, bottles and cups, necklaces, rings, earrings, hairclips, belt and calligraphy series.
Cashmere is a rare raw material for textile. Cashmere from Inner Mongolia is world famous. So is camel hair, which can be made into woolen cloth and carpet
Nightlife in Inner MongoliaThe most romantic way of spending your night is singing or dancing around a bonfire on the grassland. In the major tourist camping areas, each night the folk music and dance performance and a bonfire party will be held. Don't miss the opportunity to experience the traditional night entertainment.
If you are a fantast, the grasslands are ideal places. You can watch the clear night sky in peaceful surrounding free from light and particulate pollution, so you have great visibility.
The nightlife in Hohhot is colorful just like any other modern cities, for example, bars, nightclubs and amusement parks provide trendy fun. As an minority rendezvous, its unique ethical charm is more attractive, such as the wonderful Mongolian song and dance shows.
Inner Mongolia Travel Advice1. Inner Mongolia is a landlocked region with relatively dry climate, so get ready for some lipstick and skin care cream, and drink more daily water.
2. Inner Mongolia is about 1,500 meters above sea level with strong direct sunlight from June to September, take sunscreen and sunglasses.
3. There are many Inner Mongolia customs and taboos, please listen to your tour guide or your escort.
4. Due to the big temperature difference between day and night as well the changeable grassland weather, please bring your own long-sleeved clothing.
5. In Inner Mongolia, the main tourist attractions are the desert and grasslands, it is appropriate to wear a T-shirt tourists, trousers, shoes.
6. Inner Mongolia food belongs to the north cuisine with heavier taste, the restaurants will try their best to make the local food adaptable to you.
7. Please bring your own drugs for diarrhea, fever, skin allergy drugs just for emergency.
8. If you bring children with you on the driving tour, take plenty of drinking water and medicine in case they get carsick. The temperature varies greatly between day and night, so bring warm clothing.
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