What to see in Hohhot, what to do in Hohhot

Plan your Hohhot Tour? Harbin boarders to the Daqing mountains in the north and the Hetao plateau in the south.

It’s a city buzzing with color, culture and life; being home to no less than 36 ethnicity including Mongol, Heng, Hui, Man and Erwenk peoples. Hohhot is also a common base point for travelers that arrive to Inner Mongolia in order to hike or ride across vast grasslands like Gegentala, Huitengxile and Xilamuren.

Features & Attractions

•Gegentala Grassland
•Huitengxile Grassland
•Xilamuren Grassland
•Dazhao Lamasery
•Zhaojun Tomb
•Five Pagoda
•White Pagoda

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.

Ticket Price: 10Yuan
Opening Time: 08:00-18:00
How to get there: You can take a bus along the provincial highway 102 from Hohhot to the grassland. It will only spend you about 2 hours.

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.
Ticket Price: 60Yuan

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.
Ticket Price: 30Yuan

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.
Ticket Price: 30Yuan
Opening Time: 08:00-18:00

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.
Ticket Price: 35Yuan
Opening Time: 08:00-18:00

Five Pagoda Temple

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.
Ticket Price: 25Yuan
Opening Time: 09:00-17:00

White Pagoda

Located in the southeast of Baita Village in the east suburbs about 17 kilometers (11miles) from Hohhot City, The White Pagoda, also called Wanbu Huayanjing Pagoda, was built by the Khitans sometime during the Liao (CE 916-1125) Dynasty. The White Pagoda is a brick-and-wood structure about 55 meters high, Wind bells hang on the ceiling of the corner of each story and on the rafter of the seventh tier.

Approaching the pagoda, tourists can see the bronze mirrors gleaming under the sun and hear the euphonious sound of the wind bells.

Ticket Price: The price of the general admission is 5 yuan, while it will cost you an additional 5 yuan if you wish to ascend the pagoda’s interior, spiral staircase.
Opening Time: 08:30-17:30

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 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

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