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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

Any questions, just drop a line.

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

Tuesday, March 1st, 2022
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Plan your Hohhot Tour? The Inner Mongolia’s capital city of Hohhot is usually your springboard to delve into its vast physical regions and the cultural overlay of human presence . If time allows, you can also pop up for a visit in Hohhot. Here we have a list of the top 10 attractions in Hohhot, which may be helpful for 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 located about 480km northwest of Beijing (Train, Road & Flight) Google Map

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.1-1: Gegentala Grassland 葛根塔拉草原

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.

For more photos about Gegentala Grassland, check out “My Trip to Gegentala Grassland” for more information.

Gegentala Grassland about 130 km north of Hohhot (Google Map)

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.

War chariot yurts on the Gegentala Grassland

Opening Time: all year round
How to get there: take a bus along the Highway 209 from Hohhot to the grassland. It will take you over 2 hours to get there. It is a nice place to have one day side trip from Hohhot.

Add: Dorbod (Siziwang) Banner, Ulanqab City (Wulanchabu ), Inner Mongolia
内蒙古自治区乌兰察布市四子王旗

No.1-2: Huiteng Xile Grassland 辉腾锡勒草原

Huitengxile means “cold plateau” in Mongolian. Huiteng Xile Grassland is located 110 kilometers northeast 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.

Huiteng Xile Grassland located about 110km northeast of Hohhot (Google Map)

Starting from Hohhot, it takes about 2 hours’ drive to get here. The expressway toll is 30 yuan. If you don’t want to enter the tourist zone, there is no charge. The parking fee at the entrance of the scenic spot is 10 yuan. The entrance for the Huiteng Xile Scenic Area costs RMB 255 per person. If you only want to have a glimpse of the grassland, no need for entering the tourist area, and the scenery outside the tourist are is also very beautiful, with free parking roadsides.

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 Time: all year round
How to get there: take long-distance bus from the downtown area of Hohhot.
Add: Kebuer Town, Qahar Right Middle Banner, Ulaan Chab City, Inner Mongolia
内蒙古自治区乌兰察布市察哈尔右翼中旗部科布尔镇

No.1-3: Xilamuren Grassland 希拉穆仁草原

Xilamuren, meaning “yellow river” in Mongolian, is located about 100 kilometers northwest of Hohhot. Xilamuren Grasslands is characterized by rolling hills and lush green grass. Xilamuren Grasslands is the nearest such tourist attraction to Hohhot.

Xilamuren Grassland located about 100km northwest of Hohhot (Google Map)

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.

For more photos on Xilamuren Grassland in winter, check out Xilamuren Grassland.

Xilamuren Grassland in winter

Opening Time: all year round
How to get there: take long-distance bus from the downtown area of Hohhot or Baotou.
Add: Damao Banner, Baotou, 100km northwest of Hohhot.位于呼和浩特以西北100公里处的包头市达茂旗境内

Hohhot City Centre Tourist Map

No.2: Dazhao Temple 大召寺

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. The 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.

For more photos, check out the link: Dazhao Lamasery.

Dazhao Temple

Entrance Fee: CNY 35
Opening Hours: 08:00-18:00 (All year round
Add: Dazhao Qianjie, Yuquan District, Hohhot city 内蒙古自治区呼和浩特市玉泉区大召前街
How to get there: take public buses to Dazhao Lamasery


No.3: Zhaojun Tomb 昭君博物院

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.

For more photos, check out the link: Zhaojun Tomb.

Zhaojun Tomb

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: Free
Opening Hours: 09:00-17:00
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Tel: 0471-5150061; 0471-5150203;0471-5150201
Add: Zhaojun Museum, National Highway 209, Xiaoheihe Town, Yuquan District, Hohhot
内蒙古自治区呼和浩特市玉泉区小黑河镇209国道昭君博物院

No.4: Five Pagoda (Wuta) 五塔寺

Five pagodas (Wuta), also 金刚座舍利宝寺 in Chinese 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.

For more photos, check out the link: Five Pagoda Temple (Wuta Si).

Five Pagoda (Wuta)

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

Add: 48 Wutasi Street, Yuquan District, Hohhot city 呼和浩特市玉泉区五塔寺后街48号
How to get there: take Bus No.10, 31 or 44

No.5: Jiangjun Yashu at Suiyuan City 绥远城将军衙署

Situated in Hohhot city, Jiangjun Yashu (General Government Office Site) 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.

For more photos, check out the link: Jiangjun Yashu at Suiyuan City.

The entrance to the General Government Office Site at Suiyuan City

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. This historic site is the former General Government Office.

Entrance Fee: free
Opening Hours: 09:30-16:30 (closed on Monday)

Add: 31 Xinhua Dajie, Hohhot City 内蒙古自治区呼和浩特市新华大街31号

No.6: Inner Mongolia Museum 内蒙古博物馆

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.

In 2007, the construction of the new Inner Mongolia Museum was completed. It is located at the intersection of the East Second Ring Road and Xinhua East Street in Hohhot. The original Inner Mongolia Museum building has been replaced by the new Museum.

Inner Mongolia Museum

The exhibition hall building of Inner Mongolia Museum has unique shape and ethnic characteristics. The top of the building has a galloping horse, a symbol of Inner Mongolia’s auspiciousness and takeoff, is one of the landmark buildings in the autonomous region.

The exhibition hall building of the Museum has four floors, of which the second, third and fourth floors are used for exhibition services.

There are four basic exhibitions in the museum, namely, Exhibition of Paleontological Fossils in Inner Mongolia, Exhibition of Historical Relics in Inner Mongolia, Exhibition of Ethnic Relics in Inner Mongolia and Exhibition of Revolutionary Relics in Inner Mongolia.

Entrance Fee: Free
Opening Hours: 9:00-1:700
( Closed on Monday)
Add: 27 Xinhua East Street, Xincheng District, Hohhot 呼和浩特市新城区新华东街27号
How to get there: take Buses No.2、3、11、23、27、52

No.7: Saishang Old Street 塞上老街

Saishang Old Street, literally means “Old street beyond the Great Wall”, is located near Dazhao Temple in Dannan Street, Hohhot city. It is an ancient street with architectural style of Ming and Qing Dynasties. It was originally built in the Wanli years in Ming Dynasty.

The most recognizable sigh of the old street is the archway with a plaque written 塞上老街 ( Sai Shang Old Street). The present Old Street is actually not old, restored and revamped with the efforts by the local government to keep on the traditional culture and customs. reflecting the highlights of the historical and cultural city.

For more photos about the old street, check out the link: Saishanglaojie

Saishang Old Street

The street gathers valuable folk articles and curio. Along the street lines archaic houses as shops placing craftworks with strong campo national style, such as Mongolian knife, all sorts of wine set enchased the head portrait of Genghis Khan, exquisite horse head string instrument, Mongolian ornaments, sheepskin productions, etc.

Add: 10m east of the intersection of Dazhaoxi Jiadao and Tongshun Street, Yuquan District, Hohhot city
呼和浩特市玉泉区大召西夹道与通顺街交口东10米


No. 8: Xilitu Zhao Temple
席力图召

Xilituzhao Lamasery or Xilitu Zhao Temple is located just to the east of Dazhao Lamasery in Yuquan District of Hohhot. The temple was built 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.

For more photos, check out the link: Xilituzhao Lamasery.

Xilitu Zhao Temple

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

Add: 112 Danan Street, Hohhot City 呼和浩特市大南街112号

No.9: Hohhot Mosque (Great Mosque) 大清真寺

The Great Mosque was founded during the reign of Emperor Kangxi of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). A great number of the Hui Muslim Minority migrated from Xinjiang, Ningxia and Shannxi to Inner Mongolia starting from that time.

The architecture is a beautiful mix between Chinese pagoda style roof with Arabic style windows. The viewing the crescent moon & star minaret is a beauty, slender and solemn.

For more photos about the mosque, check out the link: Hohhot Mosque (Great Mosque) .

Hohhot Mosque (Great Mosque)

All built in black brick, the most grandeur building is Grand Prayer Hall, behind which are located both the Teaching Hall and the Muslim Baths.

All the buildings are carved with Muslim characters, and the most famous are the over 30 volumes of ancient Koran scriptures, all written in Arabic.

With permission, you are allowed to climb the 15 meters tall hexagonal minaret and have a good view of the city.

Add: 28 Dongdao South Street, Huimin District, Hohhot 呼和浩特市回民区通道南街28号

No.10: Islam Style Street 伊斯兰风情街

Islam Style Street is located in Hohhot’s Hui District ( Muslim District). It is the district where most of the Hui (Muslim) people live, forming a certain scale of Hui economy, culture and historical atmosphere, so the Islam Style Street is also named.

Walk along the Islam style street, with desert yellow and green and white colors, rows of pointed arched doors and windows juxtaposed, a vigorous and full spherical temple roof, let a person enjoy the rich Islamic style.

Islam Style Street

The Islam Style Street with Islamic architecture is 1,150 meters in length. The Hui people live here, the Islamic style buildings are concentrated, the Muslim business is prosperous, especially because of thousands of years of strong Islamic culture, so that the formation of a strong Islamic atmosphere here.

Add:Intersection of Zhongshan West Road and Daodao South Road, Hui District, Hohhot city
呼和浩特市回民区中山西路与通道南路交汇处

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

Any questions, just drop a line.

Site of Xanadu (Tips, Photos & Map)

Sunday, February 27th, 2022
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Xanadu, also known as Yuanshangdu in Chinese, literally means “Upper Capital”, which was the summer capital of Kublai Khan’s Yuan Dynasty (1274-1364) in China.

The Site of Xanadu encompasses the remains of Kublai Khan’s legendary capital city, designed by the Mongol ruler’s Chinese advisor Liu Bingzhdong in 1256.

A Stone Tablet “Site of Xanadu”

The Site of Xanadu is the site of a grassland capital characteristic of cultural fusion, witnessing clashes and mutual assimilation between the nomadic and agrarian civilisations in northern Asia (whc.unesco.org).

Location of Site of Xanadu

If you want to google “Site of Xanadu”, you’d better use the word “Yuanshangdu” ( Upper Capital in Yuan Dynasty in mandarin). Now Google Map recognizes “Site of Xanadu” as “Yuanshangdu Relic Site”.

Yuanshangdu Relic Site is located about 37km to the northwest of Duolun County, 27km to the northeast of Zhenglan Banner. See the map below:

The location of Yuanshangdu Relic Site

How to Get to Yuanshangdu Relic Site

Basically, people usually combine the Site of Xanadu and Xanadu Sites Museum on a day trip. The two attractions are 7km apart. You may come to visit the Site of Xanadu from Duolun County or Zhenglanqi  County (Zhenglan Banner).

Google Map uses Yuanshandu ( mandarin) instead of its old name Xanadu. So you can easily find the Yuanshangdu Relic Site on Google Map, which is also known as the Site of Xanadu.

You’d better off arranging your own transport to visit the two places since there is no public transport connecting Zhenglanqi (Zhenglan Banner) or Duolun Country with the two sites.  Even there is no bus service between the Site of Xanadu and Xanadu Sites Museum.

About 460km north of Beijing by road

Yuanshangdu Relic Site is about 460km north of Beijing. You may arrange your own transport going to the relic site directly by road from Beijing. Overnight you may choose to stay either in Zhenglan Banner or Duolun County.

Virtual Tour of the Ruins of Xanadu

I take a taxi from my hotel in Duolun County and drive along the wide National Highway 510 to the west, then turn to the north along the provincial highway X517, soon I get to the Site of Xanadu, a scenic 38km drive.

A 38km scenic drive from Duolun County to Site of Xanadu

The ticket office is designated in a huge yurt. The entrance fee is 40 yuan per person. The electric golf carts within the relic site cost 10 yuan per person , good for those who don’t have strong legs since the relic site park is quite expansive.

The ticket office is designated in a huge yurt at Xanadu

In the ruins of Xanadu, a spectacular civilization, a masterpiece of the multi-culture mix was discovered. It was a green city built by the nomads in Yuan Dynasty incorporating multi civilizations. The site was a unique attempt to assimilate the nomadic Mongolian and Han Chinese cultures.

Mingde Gate ( the south gate of Imperial City) at Xanadu

The city, originally known as Kaiping, was later renamed Xanadu. The plan of Xanadu, with Palace and Imperial cities enclosed partly by the Outer City containing evidence of the nomadic encampments and royal hunting enclosure, comprises a unique example of this cultural fusion (whc.unesco.org).

The North-south axis of Royal Road in Palace City at Xanadu

Today, only the ruins remain, and surrounded by a grassy mound that was once the city wall.

The famous Venetian traveller Marco Polo visited Xanadu (Shangdu) in about 1275 was received by Kublai Khan in the city. In his book, He described the city of Xanadu: “A city called Xanadu (Shangdu), which was constructed by the Khan who is now in power.”

The ruin site of Da’an Pavilion at Xanadu

There are many palaces built out of stones in the city. All the houses are covered with gold and decorated with the pictures of birds, animals and flowers.

Many palaces built out of stones in the city at Xanadu

The Royal Road in the Palace City.

The Royal Road in the Palace City at Xanadu

These buildings and patterns are so pretty that they are appealing to the eye.” From what Marco Polo described, we can imagine how prosperous and luxury the city was at that time. Muqing Pavilion – the living place for emperors.

Muqing Pavilion – the living place for emperors at Xanadu

The design of the upper capital reflected the layout of a traditional Han Chinese city and at the same time incorporating the habit of Mongolians’ nomadic life style. The grassy mound that was once the imperial  city wall.

The grassy mound that was once the imperial  city wall at Xanadu

In 1369 Xanadu was taken and destroyed by the Ming army. The Site of Xanadu was abandoned in 1430. Today, only the ruins remain, and surrounded by a grassy mound that was once the city wall.

The City Wall and Royal Road at Xanadu

The plan of Xanadu, with Palace and Imperial cities enclosed partly by the Outer City containing evidence of the nomadic encampments and royal hunting enclosure, comprises a unique example of this cultural fusion (whc.unesco.org).

The vast expanse of the ruined palace city at Xanadu

Xanadu was immortalized as Xanadu by English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, who wrote the well-known poem titled Kubla Khan. Coleridge’s description of Xanadu has the elements of the works of both Marco Polo and Samuel Purchas.

In his description of Xanadu, Marco Polo wrote: ” The Palace circled by a wall, inside the Park there are fountains and rivers and brooks and beautiful meadows, with all kinds of wild animals”. Thanks to the poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Xanadu has become a metaphor for splendour and prosperity.

On Friday, June 29, 2012, Xanadu (China) was listed as the World Cultural Heritage.

Jinlianchuan Grassland ( Xar Tala )

Jinlianchuan Grassland or Globeflower Grassland abounds in wild plants and animals. It is a natural pasture and a also resort for horse riding, hunting and taking shelter from summer heat.

The globeflowers (Trollius) on the Jinlianchuan Grassland at Xanadu

It used to be a summer resort for the emperors of Liao, Jin, Yuan and Qing dynasties. Now much part of Jinlianchuan Grassland is located within the ruins park of Xanadu.

Jinlianchuan Grassland at Xanadu

On the way from  the entrance to the actual site of the Xanadu ruins you will see the grasslands on both sides of the road dotted with golden globeflowers.

Golden globeflowers grassland

Xandii Gool ( Xanadu River)

Xandii Gool is the upper reach of Today’s Luan River with a length of 82 km. It is regarded as the ” Holy River” the local Inner Mongolian herdsmen. Now it is also the wetland among Jinlianchuan Grassland.

Xandii Gool Xanadu
Xandii Gool wetland at Xanadu

Add-on

Site of Xanadu (Tips, Photos & Map)
Xanadu Sites Museum
Jinlianchuan Grassland
Wulanbutong Grassland  
Asihatu Stone Forest
Gong Geer Grassland
Duolun Travel Guide
How to visit Asihatu Stone Forest
Xi Wuzhumuqin Grassland
Top 10 Attractions in Chifeng

Hassle-Free Private Tour to Visit Xanadu and other parts of Inner Mongolia

If you don’t want go the daunting do-it-yourself-route and prefer an organized hassle-free private tour to visit  Xanadu and other parts of Inner Mongolia, no worry and we have the following options:

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)

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

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