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Meidaizhao Temple (Tips, Photos & Map)

Tuesday, August 9th, 2022
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The Location of Meidaizhao Temple (美岱召)

If you are planning Inner Mongolia tour, a side trip to Meidaizhao either from Baotou or Hohhot is highly recommended. Meidaizhao Monastery ( (美岱召) is located in Meidaizhao Village below the massive Daqing Mountain of the Yinshan Range, Tumd Right Banner, Dong He District, Baotou, Inner Mongolia.

Meidaizhao Monastery located between Baotou and Hohhot

Meidaizhao Temple ( (美岱召) lies between Baotou ( 98km east of Baotou) and Hohhot ( 99km west of Hohhot), just on the north of Jingzang Expressway No.6 (or National Highway 110) , a historical site conveniently accessible either from Hohhot or Baotou.

Add: Meidaizhao Village, Meidaizhao Town, Tumd Right Banner, Baotou City, Inner Mongolia
内蒙古自治区包头市土默特右旗美岱召镇美岱召村
Tel: 0472-8850012

How to Get to Meidaizhao Monastery & Tickets

You can take train either from Hohhot or Baotou to Salaqi Railway Station (萨拉齐站) . Salaqi Station is located in Salaqi Town, Tumed Right Banner, Baotou City and it is on Jibao Railway Line, a third class station under the jurisdiction of Hohhot Railway Bureau, built in 1922.

Salaqi Railway Station 22km away from Meidaizhao Temple ( Google)

Arriving a Salaqi Train Station out, go west, to the intersection of the overpass, and wait on the road for Minibus No.6 ( 5 yuan ) for Meidai Zhao Village. Alight at Meidaizhao Village, you will see a memorial arch in front of the village, after the memorial arch go straight ahead, a few minutes later you can see Meidai Zhao Monastery.

Alternatively you also can take the long-distance buses either from Baotou or Hohhot.

Entrance ticket:
30 yuan/person

Open time:
09:00-17:00
09:00-16:00 (ticket collection Time) (Monday – Sunday, January 1st – December 31st)

ABCs of Meidaizhao Monastery

“Meidaizhao” literally means “Maitreya Temple” in Mongolian ( Zhao means “temple”). Meidaizhao Monastery was originally built in 1565 as a fortified capital city of the Daming Golden Kingdom (大明金国) in Ming Dynasty, also known as Altan Khan Kingdom (阿勒坦汗国), (a vassal of Ming Dynasty) established by Altan Khan (1507 – 1582) .

Altan Khan (阿勒坦汗) was a descendant of Kublai Khan (1215–1294). He managed to unite the Mongols in the north and the south. His name means “Golden Khan” in the Mongolian language, hence the kingdom’s name.

In 1571, Altan Khan was granted the title Shunyi Wang (顺义王) from the Longqing Emperor (March 4, 1537- July 5, 1572), the 12th emperor of China (Ming dynasty). With the assistance of his wife known as Sannianzi (三娘子) (Grand Queen), the Daming Golden Kingdom kept peace peace with the Ming Dynasty for over 40 years.

With a new city known as Hohhot(“Green City) built by Altan Khan and the Grand Queen in the current old town in Hohhot, the political center of Altan Khan Kingdom was move on to Hohhot.

In 1606, the Meidaizhao fortress was transformed into a lamasery. So Altan Khan was the founder of the original city of Hohhot which literally means “green city” in Mongolian.

The Layout of Meidaizhao Temple

The present temple occupies an area of 4000 square meters encompassing the over 200 Ming and Qing era buildings including Sakyamuni Hall (Hall of Great Hero), Glazed Hall, Dalai Temple, Sannianzi Hall.

The temple is surrounded by a 5-meter high stone wall in a rectangular shape with a perimeter of 681 meters. The big draw is the 1650-square-meter murals in Ming and Qing Dynasties preserved in the Hall of Great Hero.

Virtual Tour of Meidaizhao Temple

If you are planning Inner Mongolia tour, a side trip to Meidaizhao either from Baotou or Hohhot is highly recommended.

Follow me to have a virtual tour of the ancient city of Meidaizhao Temple.

The Entrance to Meidaizhao Temple

The south gate to the fortress temple and Daqingshan Mountain lies behind the temple.

The south gate to the fortress temple

Listening to Buddhist Scripture” Pine Trees

The two old pine trees in front of the Great Hero Hall ( Sakyamuni Hall ) are known as “Listening to Buddhist Scripture” pine trees, west is female and east male, over 400 years old when the temple was originally started being built.

Listening to Buddhist Scripture” pine trees

Sakyamuni Hall 大雄宝殿

Sakyamuni Hall has three connected halls with two floors and 3 double eaves. The roofs of the three halls are in the gable style. The east, west and south sides of the hall are surrounded by white Tibetan brick walls, forming an architectural body combining Han and Tibet. The lower part of the west wall of the Temple is a group of Mongolian nobles worshipping Buddha.

Sakyamuni Hall
The entrance to Sakymuni Hall

Sakyamuni Hall has the priceless mural in the main hall starting from the waist line to the ceiling. The mural scene is grand. You need to look up to see it. In the middle of the north wall is painted the giant statue of Sakyamuni, and the background is painted with sakyamuni’s story of Buddha. Under the wall of the four Kings and Fu Hu Arhat, the cloth bag monk.

One of the murals in Sakyamuni Hall ( Image Credit: Internet) (Camera Forbidden )

Many of the Mongolian costumes on these mural paintings can be found in the Book of Yi Custom written by Xiao Daheng in Ming Dynasty. It is a valuable material for studying Mongolian history, folk customs and costumes in Ming and Qing Dynasties.

The Nai Qiong Temple 乃琼殿

The Nai Qiong Temple is the former dwelling place for Mal Da Li living Buddha (四世达赖的代表人麦达里活佛在此坐床传佛) in Qing Dynasty. The original statue of Mal Da Li is not available. Instead, it shrines the statue of Guardian of God.

The Nai Qiong Temple

The Glazed Hall (Liuli Hall) 琉璃殿

Built in 1566, the Glazed Hall (Liuli Hall) was formerly the meeting hall of Altan Khan Kingdom. Now it is devoted to Three Buddhas, a typical Ming architecture.

the Glazed Hal

The Dalai Temple 达赖庙

The Dalai Temple is given to the Third Dalai Lama – Sonam Gyatso who came here in 1582 for practicing Buddhism and held a new funeral ceremony for Altan Khan. The title of Dalai Lama was given by Altan Khan.

This Dalai Temple is given to the Third Dalai Lama

The Grand Queen Hall 太后庙

The Grand Queen Hall, a burial place for the third wife ( also known as Sannianzi) of Altan Khan. She assisted her husband managing the kingdom and keeping good relationship with the Ming Dynasty for over 40 years.

The Grand Queen Hall

The Grand Queen Hall is surrounded by columns of the funeral hall style building, the funeral hall of the third wife ( also known as Sannianzi) of Altan Khan. The original 1-meter-high sandalwood tower covered with a pot was removed in 1966. When it was removed, it was discovered that there was an underground palace under the tower. In the palace, there was a bag of ashes, three combs, six rosaries, a triangular silver-plated medicine box and two pairs of diamond ears.

In the Grand Queen Temple, there are murals painted in the Ming Dynasty, Mongolian costume figures in the picture,. The legend goes that there are the portraits of Alta Khan and the Grand Queen in the murals.

The statues of Alta Khan and the Grand Queen ( Sannianzi – third wife).

The statues of Alta Khan and the Grand Queen

An ancient city 古城

Meidaizhao Temple was originally an ancient city in an irregular square shape. The south gate is the main gate.

The fortified temple stands facing the south below Daqing Mountain on the north, surrounded by a 681-meter long stone wall, 5 meters high. Ascending the wall, you are able to have a clear picture of the ancient city, a former capital of Altan Khan Kingdom.

Ascending the wall, you are able to have a clear picture of the ancient city

The northern wall of the temple below the Daqing Mountain (大青山).

The northern wall

One of the corner towers ( Turrets) on the wall

One of the corner towers ( Turrets) on the wall

Standing on the wall, you are able to have a clear picture of the Sakymuni Hall and Glazed Hall.

a clear picture of the Sakymuni Hall and Glazed Hall.

Tip:  Hassle-free Hohhot & Inner Mongolia  Guided Tours

If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Inner Mongolia:

Inner Mongolia Tour
Mid-Inner Mongolia Tour (Hohhot, Baotou, Ordos)
East Inner Mongolia Tour (Xanadu,Wulan Butong, Xilinhot, Chifeng)
Northeast Inner Mongolia Tour (Hulunbuir)
West Inner Mongolia Tour (Alashan “Alxa” League)
Hohhot Tour
Hohhot Highlights & Grassland 3 Day Tour
Hohhot Highlights & Grassland 2 Day Tour

Further Readings


Top Places to Visit in Inner Mongolia
Top 10 Attractions in Hohhot
Best Time to Visit Hohhot
Meidaizhao Temple
How to go to Hohhot from Beijing
Top Souvenirs in Hohhot
Hohhot Taxi: Hohhot Taxi Fares, Tips and Phones
Baotou Taxi: Baotou Taxi Fares, Tips and Phones
Ordos Taxi: Ordos taxi Fares, Tips and Phones
What to see in Hohhot, what to do in Hohhot

Top 10 Attractions in Alxa League
Heicheng Historic Site in Ejin Banner (Tips, Photos & Map)
Guai Shu Lin in Ejin Banner, Inner Mongolia (Tips, Photos & Map)
Populus Forest in Ejin Banner (Tips, Photos & Map)
Badain Jaran Desert (Tips, Photos & Map)

The Quiet Wusu Langzi Lake
Dujuan Lake in Aershan National Forest Park
Beihu Park Skyline at Night in Manzhouli
Architecture of Manzhouli

Sunrise Glow over Hulunbuir Grasslands.
Top 10 Places for Photography in Hulunbuir
Top 10 Attractions in Hulunbuir.
Road Trip from Ergun to Linjiang Village
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

Top 10 Attractions in Chifeng
Xanadu Sites Museum
Jinlianchuan Grassland
Wulan Butong Grassland
Asihatu Stone Forest
Gong Geer Grassland
Duolun Travel Guide
Xanadu Travel Guide – Shangdu Travel
How to visit Asihatu Stone Forest
Xi Wuzhumuqin Grassland

Any questions, just drop a line.

Top 10 Attractions in Hulunbuir (Tips, Photos & Map)

Tuesday, July 12th, 2022
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Plan your Inner Mongolia tour? 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.

Hulunbuir Road Trip Map

Northeastern Inner Mongolia Tour offers private trips to 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. 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.

Golden Horde Mongolian Tribe ( 金帐汗蒙古部落 ) about 38km north of Hulunbuir (Hailar) Google

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).

Check out my another article Sunrise Glow over Hulunbuir Grassland for more information.

The sunset over the Golden Horde Mongolian Tribe

This area’s 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 38km )
Opening Hours: 08:00 – 18:00

2. Enhexiang Russian Village 恩和民族乡

Enhexiang Village is the only Russian village (Enhe Russian Ethnic Township) in China with over 400 Russian descendants of the total 900 or some villagers. The Enhe Russian Ethnic Township is located along the east bank of Ergun River (Eerguna River) , about 222km to the north of Hulunbuir city center (Hailar).

Enhexiang is about 222km to the north of Hulunbuir city (Hailar). Google

Enhexiang Village is on the transitional area between Hulunbuir Grasslands and the forest. The main reason to go to Enhe Village is to enjoy the local culture and visit the grassland on the mountain slope west of the village.

June and September is the best time to snap the fabulous pictures of the sheep and oxen grazing at ease on the grasslands. The sheep and oxen appear partly hidden and partly visible due to the thin mist.

Enhe Russian Village, Erguna Hulunbuir

The Enhe Russian Ethnic Township is awash with flowers around June 10 while in September this typical grassland and forest transitional area presents a charming landscape – golden yellow birch trees and the Xingan pine trees. The soft lights in the early morning and in the evening, plus the mobile mist on the surface of the slope, guaranteeing you a great candid photo opportunity.

3. Shiwei Town (Shiweizhen) 室韦

Shiwei ( or Shiweizhen) 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.

Check out Shiwei Travel Tips for more information.

Shiweizhen( Shiwei Town) about 285 km north of Hulunbuir ( google)

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.

Russian style wooden house ( Mukeleng House)

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. Linjiang Village, Shiweizhen 室韦镇临江村

Linjiang Village is under the jurisdiction of Shiweizhen Town, Ergune City of Hulunbuir. Linjiang Village is 10 km from Shiweizhen Town, 174 km from Ergun City, and about 300 km from Hailar (Downtown of Hulunbuir City).

Lijiang Village 10km northeast of Shiweizhen Town (Google)

Linjiang Village is on the east bank of the Ergun River (Eerguna River) and abuts Russia with many the Chinese-Russian descendants.

The village features 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.

Check out my another article Road Trip from Ergun to Linjiang Village for more travel information.

The fog-shrouded Linjiang Village in the early morning

Through years’ tourism development, no longer a pristine village, but Linjiang Village is still a laid back escape from the hustle and bustle of the big cities with charming rape- seed flowers, wheat fields, grassland and Russian style life.

You have a good sunrise shot at the East Mountain while sunset shot at the South Mountain. If you are going to shoot the sunrise, you don’t need to get up early due to the fact that Linjiang Village is usually misty and foggy in the early morning and the mist will disperse after 7:00am.

The best time to photograph the fields and village is at the almost end of the dispersed mist. The great view of the rape-seed flowers fall on early July till July 20. In autumn, around September 15 each year, put up overnight in Linjiang Village to shoot the beautiful wooden houses and yellow birch trees.

5. 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.

Moerdaoga National Forest Park about 337km north of Hulunbuir ( Google)

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.

Check out Moerdaoga Travel Guide for more information.

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 )

6. Aoluguya Reindeer Village 敖鲁古雅鄂温克民族乡

Aoluguya Reindeer Village is officialy known as Aoluguya Ewenki Ethnic Township. 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.

Check out Aoluguya Travel Guide for more information.

Aoluguya Reindeer Village about 472km north of Hulunbuir by road (Google)

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

7. Ergun City (Eerguna)额尔古纳

The legendary city of Ergun is located on the northern area of Hulunbuir Prairie and on the right bank of Ergun River with an area of 28,400 km2.

Check out Ergun Travel Guide for more information.

The downtown Ergun City is about 130km north of Hulunbuir (Hailar)

It was the hometown of Genghis Khan (1162-1227), who united all the tribes and started to conquer most of Asia and Eastern Europe.

The downtown of 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)

8. The Erguna Wetland Scenic Area 额尔古纳湿地景区

The Erguna Wetland Scenic Area, originally known as Genhe Wetland, has an area of 126,000 hectare , the largest wetland in Asia, about 3km to the west of Ergun City. The Ergun Wetland is scattered around the forest and the grassland with many types including marshes, shrub swamps, swamp forest, open bogs and moss.

The location of Erguna Wetland (Google)
The Ergun WEtland ( also known as 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

9. 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 crossing in China. The National Gate ( Guo Men ) is 9 kilometers to the west of Manzhouli Downtown.

The location of Manzhouli

Check out the following three articles for more information:
Night View of Manzhouli City
Architecture of Manzhouli
Top 10 Attractions in Manzhouli

The street makes a lovely walk in the evening in Manzhouli

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, Mongoian and Chinese styles.

10. 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.

Check out Hulun Lake Travel Tips for more information.

The Hulun Lake is located west of Hulunbuir.

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.

The Hulun Lake

Entrance fee: RMB 20
Opening Hours: 8:00 – 18:00
How to get there: Hire a taxi from Manzhouli ( RMB200 return)

Add On

Sunrise Glow over Hulunbuir Grassland
Top 10 Places for Photography in Hulunbuir
How to visit Hulunbuir Grassland
Top 10 Attractions in Hulunbuir
Hulun Lake Travel Tips
World Anti-fascist War Hailar Memorial Park

Road Trip from Ergun to Linjiang Village
Ergun Travel Guide
Aoluguya Travel Guide
Moerdaoga Travel Guide
Shiwei Travel Tips

Wusu Langzi Lake (Tips, Photos & Map)
Dujuan Lake in Aershan National Forest Park

Beihu Park Skyline at Night in Manzhouli
Night View of Manzhouli City
Architecture of Manzhouli
Top 10 Attractions in Manzhouli

Tip:  Hassle-free Hulunbuir  Guided Tours

If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Hulunbuir Grassland, Inner Mongolia:

Beijing Hulunbuir Classic Loop 6 Day Tour 
 Beijing Hulunbeier Folk Culture 4 Day Tour  

Beijing Yinchuan Alxa Highlight 7 Day Tour

3 Day Beijing Shangdu (Xanadu) Tour 
4-Day Beijing Xilinglo Glassland Shangdu Mongolia Culture Tour 

Inner Mongolia Tour
Mid-Inner Mongolia Tour (Hohhot, Baotou, Ordos)
East Inner Mongolia Tour (Xanadu,Wulan Butong, Xilinhot, Chifeng)
Northeast Inner Mongolia Tour (Hulunbuir)
West Inner Mongolia Tour (Alashan “Alxa” League)
Hohhot Tour
Hohhot Highlights & Grassland 3 Day Tour
Hohhot Highlights & Grassland 2 Day Tour

Further Readings


Top Places to Visit in Inner Mongolia
Top 10 Attractions in Hohhot
Best Time to Visit Hohhot
Meidaizhao Temple
How to go to Hohhot from Beijing
Top Souvenirs in Hohhot
Hohhot Taxi: Hohhot Taxi Fares, Tips and Phones
Baotou Taxi: Baotou Taxi Fares, Tips and Phones
Ordos Taxi: Ordos taxi Fares, Tips and Phones
What to see in Hohhot, what to do in Hohhot

Top 10 Attractions in Alxa League
Heicheng Historic Site in Ejin Banner (Tips, Photos & Map)
Guai Shu Lin in Ejin Banner, Inner Mongolia (Tips, Photos & Map)
Populus Forest in Ejin Banner (Tips, Photos & Map)
Badain Jaran Desert (Tips, Photos & Map)

Top 10 Attractions in Chifeng
Xanadu Sites Museum
Jinlianchuan Grassland
Wulan Butong Grassland
Asihatu Stone Forest
Gong Geer Grassland
Duolun Travel Guide
Xanadu Travel Guide – Shangdu Travel
How to visit Asihatu Stone Forest
Xi Wuzhumuqin Grassland

Any questions, just drop a line.

How to go to Hohhot from Beijing (Tips, Photos & Map)

Saturday, July 2nd, 2022
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Plan your Inner Mongolia tour from  Beijing?  Basically Hohhot,  capital city of Inner Mongolia, very often is your springboard to jump onto the grassland in the exotic province, escaping the heat and bustle and hustle of Beijing.

Hohhot itself is worth your 1-2 day exploration with its unique historical sites and a large Hui Muslim community.

Location of Hohhot

Hohhot is about 500 km northwest of Beijing, 2 and half hours by high-speed train, 10 hours by overnight train, one and half hours by flight and 5 and half  hours by road. So basically you have three choices of transportation tools going from Beijing to Hohhot and vice versa.

Beijing Hohhot Travel Map

Which one to choose depends on your preference, your time, budget and the availability of these transportation tools at the time when you start your journey. Now let’s go one by one in terms of the ways of travel from Beijing to Hohhot.

Beijing Hohhot By Train 

Currently there are 20 daily trains, either direct or passing by trains, going between Beijing and Hohhot. Some trains are high-speed trains taking 2 and half hours, others are fast or overnight trains taking about 10 hours.

Check out Beijing Railway Stations for more information.

Take an overnight train to Hohhot

There are 4 major railway stations in Beijing, namely Beijing Railway Station, Beijing West Railway Station, Beijing North Railway Station and Beijing South Railway Station. When you book your train tickets, make sure you understand which railway station you are going to use.

Beijing Hohhot by Flights

Currently there are about 2 daily direct flights between Beijing and Hohhot. The flight takes about 1 and half hours.

Check out Beijing Capital International Airport for more information.

Beijing Capital International Airport
Hohhot Baita International Airport

Check out Hohhot Baita International Airport for more information.

All the flights for Hohhot from Beijing arrive at Hohhot Baita International Airport. The flights starting from Beijing take off from Beijing Capital International Airport.

Beijing Hohhot by Road

Hohhot can be easily reached by road along the G7 National Highway. You may drive directly from Beijing by your private vehicle or take a long distance bus.

Definitely, self-drive would be faster taking 5 and half hours from Beijing to Hohhot while  a long-distance bus will take you 8 or 11 hours.

Check out Beijing Long-distance coach Service for more information.

There are daily 6 buses starting from Beijing Liuliqiao Long-Distance Bus Station to Hohhot. The buses are scheduled at 8:30, 9:30, 10:30, 12:30  and 14:30 and bus fare around RMB 149.

Tip: Hassle-free Inner Mongolia Guided Tours

If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Inner Mongolia:

Inner Mongolia Tour
Mid-Inner Mongolia Tour (Hohhot, Baotou, Ordos)
East Inner Mongolia Tour (Xanadu,Wulan Butong, Xilinhot, Chifeng)
Northeast Inner Mongolia Tour (Hulunbuir)
West Inner Mongolia Tour (Alashan “Alxa” League)
Hohhot Tour
Hohhot Highlights & Grassland 3 Day Tour
Hohhot Highlights & Grassland 2 Day Tour

Further Readings


Top Places to Visit in Inner Mongolia
Top 10 Attractions in Hohhot
The Best Time to Visit Hohhot
Meidaizhao Temple
How to go to Hohhot from Beijing
Top Souvenirs in Hohhot
Hohhot Taxi: Hohhot Taxi Fares, Tips and Phones
Baotou Taxi: Baotou Taxi Fares, Tips and Phones
Ordos Taxi: Ordos taxi Fares, Tips and Phones
What to see in Hohhot, what to do in Hohhot

Top 10 Attractions in Alxa League
Heicheng Historic Site in Ejin Banner (Tips, Photos & Map)
Guai Shu Lin in Ejin Banner, Inner Mongolia (Tips, Photos & Map)
Populus Forest in Ejin Banner (Tips, Photos & Map)
Badain Jaran Desert (Tips, Photos & Map)

The Quiet Wusu Langzi Lake
Dujuan Lake in Aershan National Forest Park
Beihu Park Skyline at Night in Manzhouli
Architecture of Manzhouli

Sunrise Glow over Hulunbuir Grasslands.
Top 10 Places for Photography in Hulunbuir
Top 10 Attractions in Hulunbuir.
Road Trip from Ergun to Linjiang Village
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

Top 10 Attractions in Chifeng
Xanadu Sites Museum
Jinlianchuan Grassland
Wulan Butong Grassland
Asihatu Stone Forest
Gong Geer Grassland
Duolun Travel Guide
Xanadu Travel Guide – Shangdu Travel
How to visit Asihatu Stone Forest
Xi Wuzhumuqin Grassland

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