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Top 10 Attractions in Hohhot

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017
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Plan your Hohhot Tour? The capital city of Hohhot is usually your springboard to delve into the Inner Mongolia. If time permits, you can also have a pop by Hohhot. Here we have a list of the top 10 attractions in Hohhot, which may be helpful for your arranging your short trip to Hohhot.

Hohhot, the capital of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region in northern China, lies between the Yinshan Mountain and the Yellow River. 36 ethnic groups and some 50 odd ancient temples make this grassland paradise particularly charming.

Hohhot is also a common base point for travelers who travel vast grasslands like Gegentala, Huitengxile and Xilamuren on a mesmerizing Inner Mongolia Tour.

No. 01: Gegentala Grassland
Situated in the territory of Siziwang Banner, 130 kilometers from Hohhot, Gegentala Grassland is the largest and a unique Mongolian scenic spot bearing the Mongolian ethical features of China.

In Mongolian “Gegentala” means a summer resort or the place of grazing in summer. Gegentala Grassland belongs to typical grassland scenery. It is one of the first batches of 4A-class scenic spots of the country.

Opening Hours: All Day
How to get there: take a bus along the provincial highway 102 from Hohhot to the grassland. It will only spend you about 2 hours.

Gegentala Grassland

Gegentala Grassland


No. 02: Huitengxile Grassland
Huitengxile means “cold plateau” in Mongolian. Huitengxile Grassland is located 135 kilometers east of Hohhot, and 80 kilometers from the city of Jining. There are small, yellow flowers covering the mountains. The landscape has erect cliffs and pure, cascading springs. This, set against the boundless grassland and the beautiful delicate color of the Jiangnan water-village, is a magnificent sight.

There are fertile land and plenty of rainfall. Tourists can enjoy their stay here riding on horseback, archery, watching wrestling, and joining in singing and dancing in the open air.

Opening Hours: all day
How to get there: take long-distance bus from the downtown area of Hohhot

 Huitengxile Grassland

Huitengxile Grassland


No. 03: Dazhao Lamasery
As the oldest building and the largest Gelukpa (Yellow Hat Sect) temple in Inner Mongolia, Dazhao Temple, has considerable position in Hohhot and many important celebrations are also held here. Temple is well-known for the impressive buildings, splendid statues, delicate murals, musical instruments and fine collection of Buddhist scriptures.

Of its abundant religious relics perhaps the most notable are the ‘Three Marvelous Treasures’, a title given to the Silver Buddha, the carved dragons on the huge golden pillars on either side of the statue and the murals commemorating the Emperor’s visit.

Entrance Fee: CNY 35
Opening Hours: 08:00-18:00
How to get there: take bus No. 57 to Dazhao Lamasery

Dazhao Lamasery

Dazhao Lamasery


No. 04: Zhaojun Tomb
Surrounded by green grasses and towering ancient trees, Zhaojun Tomb, also called Green Mound or Green Grave, is located south of the city of Hohhot. It was built to commemorate a great woman named Wang Zhaojun, who was one of the four most beautiful ladies in ancient China, and who sacrificed herself for the unity of China by marrying Khan.

Zhaojun Tomb is not only a burial site but an historic monument commemorating peace between the races. Zhaojun Tomb is a shining pearl on north grassland of China and has become a world famous tourist destination.

Entrance Fee: CNY 65
Opening Hours: 08:00-18:00
How to get there: take Bus No. 44 from the train station to Zhaojun Tomb

Zhaojun Tomb

Zhaojun Tomb


No. 05: Xilamuren Grassland
Xilamuren, meaning “yellow river” in Mongolian, is located 100 kilometers (62miles) north of Hohhot. Xilamuren Grasslands is characterized by rolling hills and lush green grass. Xilamuren Grasslands is the nearest such tourist attraction to Hohhot.

The best time to visit the grassland is in summer and autumn. At this time of year, the pleasant climate, the blue sky and white clouds, the rolling grass, the wandering flocks and herds, the passionate herdsmen and their Mongolian food will undoubtedly leave you with a deep impression. During the Nadam Festival held every summer, tourists can enjoy a series of different activities.

How to get there: take long-distance bus from the downtown area of Baotou, it will take you about 2 hours

 Xilamuren Grassland

Xilamuren Grassland


No. 06: Five Pagoda
Five pagodas standing side by side on the seat, the central one has seven stories while the rest on the four corners are all five-story high. The body of the pagoda is glazed in greens and yellows. It is representative of the architectural achievements that were made in the Qing Dynasty.

The pagoda is 16 meters high (about 51 feet) and it is composed of three parts: the base, the seat and the top (five pagodas). It is an important Tibetan Buddhist temple.

Entrance Fee: CNY 25
Opening Hours: 09:00-17:00
How to get there: take Bus No. 1 from the train station and get off at Wujing Hospital

No. 07: Jiangjun Yashu at Suiyuan City
Situated in Hohhot city, Jiangjun Yashu is the only preserved historical building of cultural relics in Mongolian area of China. It enjoy a higher station in the national historic site of cultural relic.

During the Qing Dynasty, in order to consolidate the northwest boarder, in addition to the Hohhot city, Qing Dynasty ordered to build new town called Suiyuan city.

Entrance Fee: CNY 25
Opening Hours: 08:30-17:30

Jiangjun Yashu at Suiyuan City

Jiangjun Yashu at Suiyuan City


No. 08: Inner Mongolia Museum
Located at Hohhot, the Inner Mongolian Museum is a local comprehensive museum, boasting a good selection of Mongolian items and a historical lineage of this vast grassland. Construction began in 1955, and the museum was open to the public on May 1, 1957.

The Museum covers an area of 5,000 square meters, with 3,500 square meters for the exhibition halls. It is a two-storeyed white building with a white sculpture of a running courser on its top. The Museum features four exhibition halls.

Entrance Fee: Free
Opening Hours: 9:00-1:700
How to get there: take Buses No. 1, 5, 13, 21, 22, 24, 34, 303…

Inner Mongolia Museum

Inner Mongolia Museum

No. 09: Wanbu Huayanjing PagodaThe Wanbu Huayanjing Pagoda is located in the southeast of Baita Village in the east suburbs, about 17 kilometers from Hohhot City, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. It was said to be built in Emperor Shengzong’s reign (983 – 1031) of the Liao Dynasty.

With an octagonal plane, the pagoda has seven storeys and is 45.18 meters high. It has a high pedestal, with supine lotuss on the top, and there are spiral stairs inside and you can climb up to look far into the distance. The bricks on its surface were carved with fine pictures.

Entrance Fee: CNY 35
Opening Hours: 08:30-17:30
How to get there: take the regular bus from Hohhot to Wanbu Huayanjing Pagoda

Wanbu Huayanjing Pagoda

Wanbu Huayanjing Pagoda


No. 10: Xilituzhao Lamasery
Xilituzhao Lamasery or Xilitu Lamasery is located just to the east of Dazhao Lamasery in Yuquan District of Hohhot. The temple was founded in the Tibetan style in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). It houses the residence of the 11th Grand Living Buddha.

Xilituzhao Lamasery is still very active today. sometimes visitors may come across Tibetan monks and followers in prayer, you may get the chance to see one of the temple festivals, where traditional instruments are played. It is sometimes possible to find a monk who can speak English and can take you around.

Entrance Fee: CNY 30
Opening Hours: 08:00-18:00
How to get there: take Tourist Bus to get there

Xilituzhao Lamasery

Xilituzhao Lamasery

Tip:  Hassle-free Hohhot 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 Hohhot guided tours:

 Hohhot City Highlight Day Tour    from 75 p/p
Hohhot Grassland Day Tour   from 59 p/p
Hohhot 3 Day Tour Package  from 230 p/p
Hohhot Car Rental with a driver from US$ 55

Further Readings


Top 10 Attractions in Hohhot
Best Time to Visit Hohhot

Any questions, just drop a line.

 

Meidaizhao Temple

Friday, July 10th, 2015
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Meidaizhao Temple is located in Meidaizhao Village below the massive Daqing Mountain of the Yinshan Range, Tumote Right Banner, Dong He District, Baotou. Meidaizhao lies between Baotou ( 98km east of Baotou) and Hohhot ( 99km west of Hohhot), just on the north of National Highway 110 and Jingzang Expressway, a historical site conveniently accessible either from Hohhot or Baotou.

Meidaizhao was originally built in 1565 as a fortified capital city of the Daming Golden Kingdom in Ming Dynasty, also known as Altan Khan Kingdom, (a vassal of Ming Dynasty) established by Altan Khan (1507 – 1582) . Altan Khan 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 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 (Grand Queen), the Daming Golden Kingdom kept peace peace with the Ming Dynasty for over 40 years.

With a new city known as “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.

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.

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 glimpse of the ancient city of Meidaizhao Temple.

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

The south gate to the fortress temple

The south gate to the fortress temple

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,

Listening to Buddhist Scripture” pine trees,

The Sakyamuni Hall is home to the 1650-square-meter murals in Ming and Qing Dynasties ( Camera-forbidden ).

The Sykyamuni Hall

The Sykyamuni Hall

The Nai Qiong Temple is the former dwelling place for Mal Da Li living buddha 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 Nai Qiong Temple

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 Glazed Hal

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

This Dalai Temple is given to the Third Dalai Lama

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,

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

The statues of Alta Khan and the Grand Queen

The statues of Alta Khan and the Grand Queen

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

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.

The northern wall

The northern wall

One of the corner towers ( Turrets) on the 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.

a clear picture of the Sakymuni Hall and Glazed Hall.

Any questions, just drop a line.

Tags: Meidaizhao, Meidaizhao Lamasery, Meidaizhao Monastery

How to go to Hohhot from Beijing

Friday, June 20th, 2014
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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.

Hohhot is about 500 km northwest of Beijing, 8-10 hour by train,  one hour by flight and 6  and half  hours by road. So basically you have three choices of transportation tools going from Beijing to Hohhot and vice versa.

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.

Go to Hohhot from Beijing

Go to Hohhot from Beijing

Beijing Hohhot By Train 
Currently there are 16 daily trains, either direct or passing by trains, going between Beijing and Hohhot. Some trains leave from Beijing West Railway Station and others  start from Beijing Railway Station. You should understand which train station you will use.

Among the 16 daily trains, there are only three trains which start from Beijing and ends at Hohhot. The rest of the trains  are just passing by trains with stops at Hohhot or Beijing.  These three trains are most sought after by those who want to take a train trip from Beijing to Hohhot since  the train tickets are comparatively easier to obtain and manage.

All the three through trains going between Beijing and Hohhot start from Beijing West Railway Station and arrive at Hohhot East Railway Station or Hohhot Railway Station.

Beijing West Railway Station – Hohhot East Railway Station
K617 ( 10:40 – 19:10 )

Beijing West Railway Station – Hohhot  Railway Station
T315 ( 15:29 – 21:53 )

Beijing West Railway Station – Hohhot  Railway Station
K89 ( 22:15- next day 7:10 am)

Train tickets: RMB240 ( soft sleepers) ; RMB 132 ( hard sleepers)

For most travelers, K89 is the best choice of experiencing Chinese train ride,  saving  and money by staying overnight on train. K89 is difficult to get during the tourist high season from June to October. So it is preferable to book your train tickets well in advance.

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 6-7 hours from Beijing to Hohhot while  a long-distance bus will take you 8 or 11 hours.

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.

 Liuliqiao Long-distance Bus Station 六里桥客运站
Add: Jia 19, Liuliqiao Nanli, Fengtai District 丰台区六里桥南里甲19号
How to get there: Take public buses like Te2, Te7, Te 8 (inner loop), 201, 205…
Tel:010-83831716
Destinations: Datong.  Shijiazhuang, Baoding, Hunyuan,Yingxian, Changzhi,  Wuxi, Hefei…

Beijing – Hohhot by Flight
Approx. 10 daily flights run between Beijing and Hohhot and most of the flights are operated by Air China.  One flight is run by Beijing Capital Airlines (a subsidiary of Hainan Airlines). One flight is operated by China United Airline that uses Beijing Nanyuan Airport as its home airport. 

The flight normally takes about one hour and 10 minutes. The Beijing and Hohhot flights are mainly focused on afternoon or evening flights.Taking a flight from Beijing to Hohhot, especially an evening flight is often chosen since it won’t affect your daytime trip in Beijing. Air Fare: RMB 550 ( full rate ).Related Hohhot Travel Articles

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