Top 10 Attractions in Manzhouli, Things to Do in Manzhouli

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Plan your Inner Mongolia  Tour? The exotic Sino-Russian border city of Manzhouli (满洲里) is one of the big draws in Inner Mongolia. It is a laissez-faire border city where the Trans-Siberian Railway  crosses from China to Russia.Manzhouli has the mixed folk customs originated from the three countries including China, Russia and Mongolia and a blend of Chinese and Western cultures as well. I’ve just rounded up the top 10 things to do in Manzhouli, which could be useful for organizing your trip to Manzhouli.

No. 01 Manzhouli Architectures 满洲里建筑
The layout of Manzhouli city center resembles a chessboard with chess-like European-style buildings scattered along the streets. There are approximatley 160 buildings lined on the 12 streets in the city center. Many buildings have been renovated and upgraded, featuring the  harmony between the outstanding single buildings and the uniqueness of each street.

Manhzouli is small enough to walk around. You can still see the Russian wooden houses of over hundred years.  All the  street-front-store signs are in Chinese, Russian and Mongolian. Walking on the streets in Manzhouli, you have the feeling of being in an exotic city in a foreign country. Manzhouli does gives us a pleasant surprise in an era when China is bogged down in the situation where more and more Chinese cities look the same.  See Manzhouli Architectures for further reading.

No.02 Guo Men (Sino-Russian Border Crossing )
Guo Men, which literally means “National Gate”, is the Sino-Russian border crossing approx. 9 km  west of Manzhouli’s city center.  This is the fifth “Guo Men” built in 2008 with a small museum inside telling the history of the area. Standing on the top of Guo Men, you are able to see the border crossing on the Russian side.

Entrance fee: RMB 80
Opening Hours: Jan 06 – Jan 25 ( 09:00 – 17:00); April 01 – October 31 (09:00-17:00)
How to get there:  take a taxi ( RMB 5-10)
Tel: 0470 – 6229068

 Guo Men (Sino-Russian Border Crossing )

Guo Men (Sino-Russian Border Crossing )

No. 03 Russia Taowa Square Russian Matryoshka Dolls Plaza ) 俄罗斯套娃广场
“Taowa” means “Russian Matryoshka Dolls”. Opened in 2006, the squqre has a giant Russian Matryoshka doll towering 30m surrounded by over 200 colorful nesting dolls representing different countries.

Russia Taowa Square is located halfway between the city center and the border crossing. Inside the giant Russian Matryoshka doll there is a largeRussian food resstaurant and a performance hall as well.  The whole square features the mixed cultures of China, Russia and Mongolia.  It is the largest Taowa doll in the world, a Guinmess world record.

Entrance fee: Free
Opening Hours: All year
How to get there:  take a taxi ( RMB 15 – 20)
Tel: 0470-8238664

Russian Matryoshka Dolls Plaza

Russian Matryoshka Dolls Plaza

No.04 Zhonge Hushi Maoyi Qu ( Sino-Russian Trade Zone) 中俄互市贸易区
A Sino-Russian trade market (Zhonge Hushi Maoyi Qu), is located on the west of Manzhouli, one km northeast of GuoMen, with its east connecting the city and northwest with the Russian border. It is planned to build a trade zone of 11.8 square km, linking Russia with road and rail.

It was inaugurated on 12 April, 1992, a mutual maket between the city of Manzhouli in China and the border city in Zabaikalsk on Russia. The trade zone is maily composed of 5 sections with five functions – Free Trade Section, Financial Section, Tarrif Free and Warehouse Section, Industrial Free Tarrif and Processing Section. Everydayl of Russian tourists and business flock here.

Entrance fee: Free
Opening Hours: 9:00 – 14:00
How to get there:  take a taxi ( RMB 15 – 20)
Tel: 0470-6262512

No.05 Hulun Lake (Dalai Hu or Ulun Nur in Mongolian) 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 (Dalai Hu or Ulun Nur in Mongolian)

Hulun Lake (Dalai Hu or Ulun Nur in Mongolian)

No.06 Soviet Red Army Martyrs Cemetery 苏联红军烈士陵园
The Red Army Martyes Cemetery and a Memorial Pagoda were inaugurated in November, 1945 to commemorate the Red Amy martyes who died in the fierce battle  on the early morning of 9 August, 1945 which liberated Manzhouli.

The Memorial Pagoda is 17.8 meters high inscribed in Russian with the words “Lasting glory belongs to the Martyes who sacrificed their lives for the Honor of Russia”.  The Cemetery is located between Yidao Street and Erdao Street in the north of Manzhouli’s city center.

Entrance fee: Free

Opening Hours: all year round
How to get there:  walking distance

Soviet Red Army Martyrs Cemetery

Soviet Red Army Martyrs Cemetery

No. 07  Manzhouli Locomotive Square 满洲里火车头广场
Manzhouli Locomotive Square is located just on the west of Guo Men.  It was inaugurated in June, 2004.  The old locomotive was built in 1940s by the Japanese. The rails under the locomotive were built by the Russian, nicknamed Rail 43 which refers to the 43 kilograms for extended one meter rail.In 1949, Chairman Mao visited Russia passing by Manzhouli and his train was driven by this locomotive. The locomotive was numbered “1861”.

Entrance fee: Free
Opening Hours: all year round
How to get there:  by Guo Men ( taxi fare: 10 -15)

Manzhouli Locomotive Square

Manzhouli Locomotive Square

No 08. No.41 Boundary Marker 41号界碑
The Boundary Marker No.41 is located within the scenic area of Guo Men, about 10 km west of Manzhouli’s city center.  It is the 41th border marker listed in August, 1994 when the Sino-Russian Boundary Survey was finished.

Before 1993, this location was once a busy passage used both by passenger buses and lorries. With the increasing volume of goods on both sides, a new crossing was built elsewhere to take place the old one.  The Boundary Marker 41 stands on the former old passage.  The boundary marker is made of marble stones,  1.2 meters high, 0.4 meters wide and 0.25 meters thick.

Entrance fee: Free
Opening Hours: all year round
How to get there:  by Guo Men ( taxi fare: 10 -15)

No.41 Boundary Marke

No.41 Boundary Marke

N09. Tiemuzhen Dahan Line Camp (Great Khan Genghis Khan‘s Camp) 铁木真大汉行营
This camp is a man made attraction built after the Mongolian tribes, also the largest Mongolian camp in Hulunbeier area. It is located about 15km south east of Manzhouli city, 300 meters east of Four Season Skiing Hall on the Dayong Mountain.

It occupies an area of 100,000 square meters, surrounded by the rich and picturesque grasslands. Historically many generations of nomads once lived  and  grazed their herds here.  The camp is a beautiful place to experience the grasslan life by riding horse, shooting arrows, eating roasted lambs and more.Entrance fee: RMB20
Opening Time: Summer
How to get there: Take Bus 1 from Manzhou cityNo. 10 Erzi Lake 二子湖
This scenic lake is located about 21km west of Manzhouli’s city center and 2km south of the Sino-Russia Border. The lake is rife with boundless reeds. Erzi Lake is named after the same name Erzi Mountain by the lake.In the lake there are a few islets with well preserved vegetation. In summer time, the lake abounds with colorful  flowers and rich water grasses attracting numerous fishes and water birds.  The lake is also teemed with shrimps. Erzi Lake is an ideal summer resort, fishing, eating,  boating and bird watching.

Entrance fee: free
Opening Time: Summer
How to get there: taxi (RMB 150 return)

Erzi Lake

Erzi Lake

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