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Dalinur Lake

Friday, May 10th, 2013
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Plan your East Inner Mongolia Tour? Dalinur Lake is worth your exploration. Dalinur Lake ( or simply called Dali Lake )literally means”a lake large like sea. The lake is located on the southwest of Gong Geer Grassland,  90km to the west of Jingpeng Town in Hexigten Banner, 300km to the north of Chifeng, 680km to the north of Beijing. It is the second largest inland lake in Inner Mongolia. Dalinur Lake is an enclosed half salty lake with an area of 240 square kilometers and an average depth of 10-13 meters.

Dalinur Lake has two sister lakes – Ganggennur Lake and Duolunnur Lake. The three lakes are connected by the three rivers including Liangzi River, Gong Geer River and Shalihe River, which form a lake area on the Inner Mongolia Plateau. Now Dalinur Lake has become a national-level reserve, the largest grassland and meadow ecco system area in China.

The Dali Lake is a happy habitat for over 160 species of birds including some rare birds like red-crowned cranes,bustards,swans and many more. Dalinur Lake is one of the three swan lakes in China with other two being Bayinbuluk Lake in Xinjiang and Panyang Lake in Jiangxi. The lake is also the largest passage for migrant birds in the northern China. In the Dali Lake live two kinds of fish – carps and Huazi Fish. The Huazi fish is very famous locally.

As a tourist destination, the Dalinur Lake is open to touists on its two sides – the north side and south side. You have to pay to visit either the northern lake area and the southern lake area. You buy entrance tickets separately – RMB70 each place. The northen lake area has four major highlights – Zhen Zi Mountain, Geopark Museum, Dalinur Lake Park and Bird-watching. In the north lake area, you may stay overnigh at the yurts; in the south, you may stay in the Mantuoshan Resort.

To visit the southern lake area, you have to drive south along the only road from the northern Dalinur lake to the southern Dalinur Lake. The Mantuoshan ( Mantuo Mountain ) is the best place for taking an panoramic view of Dalinur Lake, sunrise or sunset.  You can choose to climb up to the mountain top of Mantuoshan or just drive up to the top.

Standing on the top of the Mantuoshan Mountain, to the north you will have a bird-eye view of the lake and to the south you will see the sandscape of Hunshanda Desert.

In different seasons, the Dalinur Lake presents different pictures of the natural beauty of grassland landscapes: April and May for bird watching; June, July and August for grassland landscapes; September and October for autumn foliage and winter for fish catching.

How to get there?
If you start your Dalinur Lake exploration from Beijing, you may have the following two travel routes:

1) First take the overnight trains from Beijing North Railway Station to Chifeng, then from Chifeng, you take a long-distance bus to Jingpeng Town where you rent a van or jump onto a local coach for Dali Lake in Hexigten Banner.

2) You may drive from Beijing to the Dalinur Lake, a 680km road trip passing by Zhangjiakou and Sanggedalai.
Dalinur Lake in Spring

Dalinur Lake in Spring

The Dalinur Lake in Autumn


The Dalinur Lake in Winter

Gong Geer Grassland Travel Tips

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013
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Gong Geer Grassland is located 35km to the west of the Jingpeng Town of Keshiketeng Qi (Hexigten) in Chifeng. The Gong Geer Grassland is reputed as the”Natural Garden” epitomized by the boundless pasture, numerous flowers, clear waters and roaming hordes, a picturesque grassland. Its south is linked to Dalinur Lake (Dali Lake) Nature Reserve. Gong Geer Grassland has numerous lakes of various sizes.
The Gong Geer Grassland occupies the area of 320,000 hectares, a spectrum of natural landscape, ethnic minority customs, cultural landscape, places of historical interest and grassland culture as well as  a mecca for photography fans.
Each year the time from July and August is the best period to visit Gong Geer Grassland. The boundless pasture is rife with wild flowers, crisscrossed by plentiful clear rivers and accompanied by numerous singing birds. People come here feeling as if they were in a huge natural garden, fully enjoying the boon given by the nature, a getaway from the hustle and bustle of the cities and the trivials in our daily life, and making our bodies and souls spead out in the pure grassland and extending further. 
The Gong Geer Grassland has about 20 lakes of various sizes with Dalinur Lake being the largest. Dalinur Lake (Dali Lake) is the second largest lake in Inner Mongolia, one of the three swan lakes in China with other two being Bayinbuluk Lake in Xinjiang and Panyang Lake in Jiangxi. Now the Dalinur Lake has been set as a national nature reserve with an area of 1200 square km aimed at protecting rare birds and their habitat such as lakes, wetland, grassland, deserts and forest.
How to get there?
Well, basically the city proper of Chifeng is the springboard for entering the Gong Geer Grassland. The grassland is about 265km to the northwest of Chifen city and 500km to the north of Beijing. The trains from Chifeng run to Beijing, Hohhot, Shenyang and Jinzhou. Daily flights connect Chifeng to Beijing and Hohhot. Then take the long-distance buses from Chifeng to Keshiketeng Qi (Hexigten) where you rent a local van or bus to the Gong Geer Grassland and Dalinur Lake or continue to drive along the north route and get to Baiyin’aobao National Nature Reserve which is a beautiful nature reserve mainly for protecting the sandy spruce forest rare in the world. Further extend to the Asihatu Stone Forest.
Where to stay?
You may stay overnight at the Jingpeng Town, 35km to the west of the Gong Geer Grassland. In Jingpeng Town, you have more chances to select your hotel. Or you may put up at night in a tent in the Gong Geer Grassland or at the Dalinur Lake.

Many local restaurants in Jingpeng Town offers many choices with smiling faces. You just sit down for a cup of milk tea and enjoy local flavors like dried beef, roasted whole sheep and fish feast and many more. You also can stay overnight in a yurt by the river.

Gong Geer Grassland (1)

Gong Geer Grassland (1)


Gong Geer Grassland (3)

Gong Geer Grassland (3)


Gong Geer Grassland (2)

Gong Geer Grassland (2)


The Gong Geer Grasslan in Autumn

How to visit Asihatu Stone Forest

Monday, May 6th, 2013
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Asihatu Stone Forest (or Arshihaty Stone Forest) is an integrated part of Hexigten World Geopark ( one of the UNESCO Global Geoparks) in Keshiketeng Banner (aka Hexigten Banner or Keshiketeng Q) under the jurisdiction of Chifeng. It is located in the North Mountain Tianheyuan Township, 140km to the northeast of Jingeng Town (where the People’s government of the Keshiketeng Banner is located), 380km to the northewst of Chifeng City.

Asihatu (Arshihaty) literally means “Precipitous Peaks” in Mongolian. Ashihatu Granite Forest is the world famous granite forest rarely seen elsewhere. It is one of the eight separate areas of scenic and geologic significance with volcanic, glacial, and desert features in the Hexigten World Geopark. The stone forest is the relics of the Quaternary Glacier, known as the world’s geological wonders, a national AAAA-class scenic spots in China.

When you get there, at the entrance you will change for battery cars that take you to the stone forest area. Ashihatu Stone Forest has an area of 50,000 square kilometers and people are required to take the park battery cars shuttling between each atrraction inside the park. There are five scenic areas in the stone forest that are named vividly as the Moon Fortress, Sworn Brothers, Eagle with Folded Wings, Castle Surrounded, and Vivid Folk Entertainmen – nicknamed with Chinese historical and cultural novels.

The Ashihatu Stone Forest is perched on the transitional belt from the Greater Xing’an Mountain to the grassland in the west. The rocks and stones are very much unqinue and spectacular. Asihatu Stone Forest is the result of years of erosion by wind and sand. The whole Asihatu Stone Forest tourist district is teeming with towering trees, flowers, green grass and mushrooms with birds flirting and deer running. The granite columns are unique and rare in their striking horizontal segmentation. Asihatu Stone Forest serves as scientific study, sightseeing, leisure and holiday making, entertainment.

Below the Ashihatu Stone Forest is the endless grassland, dotted with winding rivers. In summer, along the river the grassland is scattered with the yurts of Mongolian herdsmen, cattle and sheep groups, making Ashihatu more attractive.

If you plan your Inner Mongolia tour, a side trip to Asihatu Stone Forest is worth your time.

Best Time to Go:

June to August ( If you are an avid photographer, you may choose to come to the Asihatu in September).
Where to stay:
1) Stay overnight at the home inns at Tianheyuan Township
2) The Tourism Service Center at the foot of the mountain
3) Back to the Jingpeng Town for overnight stay
How to get there:
First take the flight or train to Chifeng City, then from Chifen,g hire a vehicle to Asihatu.
Asihatu Stone Forest Photo 1

Asihatu Stone Forest Photo 1


Asihatu Stone Forest Photo 2

Asihatu Stone Forest Photo 2