Top 10 Attractions in Hohhot

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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 Hohho. 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 mesmerising 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

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