How to visit Hulunbuir Grassland

Plan your Inner Mongolia Tour? One thing to keep in mind is that Inner Mongolia is huge in geographic size, three sizes of Japan. So don’t cram too much on your travel schedule on your single trip and do consider limiting your trip to one or two regions in Inner Mongolia.

ABC of Hulunbuir Grassland

The northeast Inner Mongolia is home to the mesmerizing Hulunbuir Grassland. It is one of the best preserved grasslands in the world, a paradise of grasslands comprising the classic grasslands, gradually morphing into meadows, and the forest grasslands.

Hulunbuir Grassland is crisscrossed by hundreds of rivers, large and small, which have made this area a mecca for local Mongolian nomads and herders. Hunlunbeier Grasslands are dubbed as the “most unsullied prairie” due to the pollution-free skies and environments.

Golden Horde Mongolian Tribe

Golden Horde Mongolian Tribe (金帐汗蒙古部落 Jinzhanghan Mongolia Tribe) is the only nomadic tribe open to the tourists, a reproduction of the camping tents in Genghis Khan’s time. It is located in the heartland of Hulunbuir Grassland, on the banks of Moergele River that is hailed as China’s first Qushui (River Bends).

The sunset over the Golden Horde Mongolian Tribe

This area is a natural pasture famous home and abroad. Historically, many ancient ethnic groups lived and developed here from generation to generation.

The Yurts under the golden lights of the sunrise

In the 12th and 13th centuries, Genghis Khan and his followers united all the Mongolian tribes here and started to most of Asia and Eastern Europe.

Taking the Photos on Hulunbuir Grassland

For most travelers, Golden Horde Mongolian Tribe is the destination for their long-expected travel to Hulunbuir Grassland.

Sunrise Glow over Hulunbuir Grassland

How to get to Golden Horde Mongolian Tribe

So the question of how to visit Hulunbuir Grassland is akin to how to visit Golden Horde Mongolian Tribe.

Golden Horde Mongolian Tribe (Jinzhanghan Mongolia Tribe) is located 38km to the north of Hailar District of Hulunbuir City. There are no direct public buses connecting Hailar (Hulunbuir City) and Golden Horde Mongolian Tribe.

Hiring a local taxi or car from Hailar to the tribe costs you RMB400 or so. Hulunbuir City is the most important transportation hub for bringing travelers to Golden Horde Mongolian Tribe.

Alternatively, you may book a package tour through the tourist desk at your hotel in Hulubuir, joining a group to visit Golden Horde Mongolian Tribe.

How to get to Hailar ( Hulunbuir City)

You take flight, train or even long-distance bus to Hulunbuir City, then change for local buses for Golden Horde Mongolian Tribe.Hulubuir Grassland at Golden Horde Mongolian Tribe.

Hulunbuir Dongshan Airport (HLD) has daily flights to Beijing, Hohhot, Shanghai, Shenyang and more. The airport is only 5km to the city center with airport shuttle buses. You can take a taxi to or from airport for around RMB25.

Hailar Railway Station is about 4km northeast of the downtown Hulunbuir. Hulunbuir Airport is about 5km east of the downtown.

The location of Hailar Railway Station and Hulunbuir Airport

It is quite convenient to travel to Hulunbeier by train with wide train network. Hulubuir City ( Hailar) has trains connecting Beijing, Baotou, Hohhot, Harbin, Dalian, Qiqihaer, Boketu, Moerdaoga, Manzhouli, Jiaergeda and more.

The Hailar Railway Station is in the northwestern part of Hulunbuir City. A taxi ride from the station to a city-center hotel costs about RMB12.

Hailar Long-distance Bus Station is located next to Hailaer Railway Station. Halaier Long-distance Bus Station has the following travel routes: Manzhouli (232km), Harbin(960km), Aershan(370), etc.

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Tip:  Hassle-free Hulunbuir  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 Hulunbuir Grassland, Inner Mongolia:

Beijing Hulunbuir Classic Loop 6 Day Tour 
 Beijing Hulunbeier Folk Culture 4 Day Tour  

Beijing Yinchuan Alxa Highlight 7 Day Tour

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

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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
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Asihatu Stone Forest
Gong Geer Grassland
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How to visit Asihatu Stone Forest
Xi Wuzhumuqin Grassland

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35 thoughts on “How to visit Hulunbuir Grassland

  1. Hello,
    We are 2 friends and would like to visit hulunbuir grassland this week end between friday 25 and monday 27 of march 2016. We are actually in Beijing and can come to Hulunbuir by plane.
    Is it possible?
    Thank you,

  2. Hi Margot,

    It seems it is not the right time to visit hulunbuir grassland in March, extremely cold ( well below 0℃ ) and nothing to see on the yellow grassland. Personally I suggest you go there in summer (July and August) or early autumn ( September ). Just for your reference.

  3. We are planning to visit Inner Mongolia this summer, arriving in Hohott, how can we arrange a 2 days trip with overnight in Hulunbuir. Thank you

  4. Hi Mounir,

    You can take the 2-hour morning flight from Hohhot to Hailar (Hulunbuir ). Then arrange a transport taking you to Hulunbuir Grassland and stay overnight at a yurt in Golden Horde Mongolian Tribe that is the only nomadic tribe open to the tourists, a reproduction of the camping tents in Genghis Khan’s time. It is located in the heartland of Hulunbuir Grassland, on the banks of Moergele Riverthat is hailed as China’s first Qushui (River bends).

  5. Hi,
    I´m planning to travel to Hailar in the end of this month by train. Do you know if the grassland is green now? Is one day enought to see the place? I’m not planning to stay onernight. How I can go around to see the grasslands, by foot, by bus?
    Thank you

  6. Hi Daniela,

    Yes, it has turned green. For one day trip to the grassland, you’d better arrange your transport by hiring a car or or share a car with others to split the cost. Alternatively, you may join in the local grassland tour arranged by the local travel agency.

  7. Do you know the prices of a car/taxi and the prices of a local agency just for my orientation?
    Thank you

  8. Hi, Can I take a train from Hulunbuir to Mohe without a guide? Can I buy the train tickets without booking to Mohe straight from the Hailer Railway Station. How long does it take and how much?

    After that, how do I take a train from Mohe to Harbin. Can I go to the railway station and buy the tickets on the spot without booking? How long and what is the cost of each ticket? Is 2 days 2 nights enough for a simple visit to Mohe and Artic village/ B eiji village?

    How long to travel from Mohe to Beiji Village?What is the cost? Thank you in advance.

  9. Hi Alicia,

    1. Take a train from Hulunbuir to Mohe without a guide?
    Yes, you can. But there is no direct train linking the two places.

    2. Take a train to Mohe straight from the Hailer Railway Station
    Sorry, no direction train from Hailer to Mohe. You have to transit at Qiqihaer ( 齐齐哈尔)

    Hailer – Qiqihaer: 8 hours, RMB 129 ( hard sleeper )
    Qiqihaer: about 11 hours, RMB 119 ( Hard seat, not easy to get a soft seat )

    3. Mohe – Harbin
    about 16 hours, RMB 262 ( hard sleeper )

    4. Yes, 2 days 2 nights are enough for a simple visit to Mohe and Artic village/ B eiji village.

    5. Northern Pole Village aand Mohe Travel Tips
    Daily four flights connecting Mohe and Harbin. There are two overnight trains ( 16 hours) going between Harbin and Mohe. Shuttle buses from Mohe to the Northern Pole Village : 4 times a day ( summer ) and 2 times a day ( winter), 95km and two-hour bus ride. There are a number of hotels and guesthouses in Mohe Town.

    By the way, basically you need to book your train tickets as early as possible to secure your seats. It’s better to have a well planned itineray instead of a loose one. All the train ticket booking is computerized. That means you can book the train ticket from Hailer to Qiqihaer in Beijing instead of in Hailer, which allows you to have more time in advance to handle your ticket booking.

    Have a good time in China!

  10. Hi, I want to visit the Hulunbuir Grassland,I still haven`t decided whether to take a train from Beijing or from Haerbin. Anyways, when I arrive at Hailaer, is there a bus or some kind of public transportation I can take t the grassland? I do speak chinese but I want to avoid bargaining and feeling chated… Then can I stay one night at the Grassland? How much does one night cost? Thanks.

  11. Hi Martha,

    The tourist conditions in Hulunbuir are not well geared for individual tourists. It is not easy even for Chinese tourists to travel around Hulunbuir independently. Basically there are three ways of travel from Hailar to Hulubuir Grassland. Hulunbiur Grassland is a general term. Very often we refer to Golden Horde Mongolian Tribe 金帐汗蒙古部落.

    It is a tourist destination, the only nomadic tribe open to the tourists. It is a reproduction of the camping tents in Genghis Khan’s time, a kind of travel experience bringing people back to the old days. It is built in the heartland of Hulunbuir Grassland, on the banks of Moergele River that is hailed as China’s first Qushui (River bends).

    Golden Horde Mongolian Tribe 金帐汗蒙古部落 is about 36km to the northeast of Hailar. Actually on the way from Hailar to Golden Horde Mongolian Tribe, there are some other grassland resorts for tourists. Three ways of getting from Hailar to Golden Horde Mongolian Tribe:

    1. By Bus
    It is daunting to find the bus stop at Hailar Railway Station for the grassland, only two times a day. When you get off at the bus stop on the way, you still have to walk for about 5 km to get to the tribe. Just forget the bus.

    2. Join in a local tour organized by local travel agenies.
    We are not sure about the quaility of their service.

    3. Hire a taxi
    Taking a taxi to get there, about 200-300 for a single trip. You have to bargain with cab drivers to get a good deal.

    4. Accommodation
    1) 150 yuan for a bed in a 5-bed yurt in the tribe
    2) 700 yuan in a castle hotel

    By the way, when are you going to visit Hulunbuir? I also have a tendency to visit Hulunbuir. I have booked a 9-day photogtaphy trip on July 03 to Hulunbuir. But it is cancelled due to lack of participants, which has completely destroyed my travel plan. I’m also thinking of a way out.

  12. Hi,
    I am planning to visit Hulunbuir from Beijing on motor cycle, from Oct.1 ~ Oct.7.
    I am taking tent and sleeping bag so I can camp instead of staying in hotels.
    And I have some questions.

    1) Is it still acceptable season for camping around grass land and Hulunbuir ?
    I can camp if the temperature at night is above 3 degree Celsius.

    2) I assume these areas are strictly protected in grass land, and normal tourists are not allowed to camp
    any where. Are there camping site, and do I need to make reservation during this national holiday?

    3) What are other things I should be aware of ?

    I appreciate any kind of advice.
    Many thanks !!

  13. Hi Kaz,

    Thanks for your inquiry!

    1) Oct.1 ~ Oct.7 is not a good time for camping.

    2) We have no experience in camping on the grassland.

    3) Many grasslands are rent out to private owners and we are not sure these onwers are willing to accept your camping.

    Sorry, we are not able to provide more information on the grassland camping since we are not engaged in any grassland camping.

    Have a good luck!

  14. Hi Daniel,

    Thank you for your reply !
    I did not know grasslands are rent to private owners.
    Then it should be difficult for camping.
    May be I should plan to stay in accommodation instead….

    Kind Regards,

  15. Hi Kaz,

    Yes, though theoretically all grasslands belong to all people of China, most of them are rent to private owners for more efficient use.

  16. I would like to know the eb site where I can find the train ticket – price for trip between Hulunburi and Manzhouli

  17. Hi, I’m travelling with my husband and another couple in March and would like to know how long the train ride from Beijing to Hailar would be.

  18. Hi Connie,

    Presently there are two trains going between Beijing and Hailar:

    K 1301 ( 10:15 – next day 16:55 ) 30 hours 40 minutes
    K 39 (23:00 – third day 04:41 ) 29 hours and 41minutes

    The train timetable in March next year may be changed a little bit. The timing of the trains is more or less the same.

  19. Hi, I am going to Harbin in january for the ice festival and would like to take a few days to visit hulunbuir, gene and manzhouli. I know it will be cold in january but I think it will be very beautiful under the snow, however are the tourist ‘attractions’ still open at that time of the year? Is it ok to travel there by myself or do you recommend to take a tour?

  20. Hi Sophie,

    As far as I know, almost all the attractions outside the cities are closed due to the low season such as tourist camping sites on the grasslands. Basically you can visit the urban areas ( city proper ) insteas of the wild and cold grasslands.

    It’s okay to tour the city area on your own ( not the grassland ).

  21. Hi there, I’m currently in Haila’er for April. Is there going to be anything outside of the city in the grasslands?

  22. Dear Dash,

    AS far as I know, there is nothing to see in terms of grasslands. The best time to visit grasslands in Inner Mongolia ranges from June to September.

    Alternatively you can visit the beautiful Manzhouli City, 220km northwest of Hulunbuir ( Hailar).

  23. Hello,

    Myself and my partner are looking to stop over in the grasslands at the Golden Horde Mongolian Tribe yurts (Jinzhanghan)
    I am really struggling to figure out how we book the yurts could somebody please point me in to the right direction?

    We will be arriving by flight in to Hailaer on the 13/09/2017 and looking to stop for 2 nights.

    From there we are looking at going to Enhe, if any one has any advice on how to get there from jinzhanghan that would also bd fantastic!

    Many thanks.

  24. Dear Natalie Thompson,

    Try to turn to the local travel agents for help. Basically you can hire a van or jeep for your whole trip as well as using their service to boo your yurt. Most of the travel agents have their outlets in hotels. Have a nice trip!

  25. Hi Tour Beijing Team,

    Can you please advise me what is the winter Nadaam Festival dates in Hulunbuir? I know its starts in December but not sure till when? I like to head over there for photography.

    Do you have any package tour there?

  26. Dear Callie,

    The 15th Inner Mogolia Ice and Snow Nadaam Festival ( Aki The 18th Hulunbuir Ice and Snow Nadaam Festival):
    Time: Dec 23, 2017
    Venue: Prairie Chenbarhu Banner 陈巴尔虎旗
    Tel: 0470-6712772

    By the way, we don’t organize any group tours during the festival.

    Thanks for your inquiry!

  27. Hi, don’t know if this forum is still active, but does it make sense to visit the grasslands end of April? How is the weather in that region during this time?

  28. Dear Kilian,

    Thanks for your inquiry!

    Visiting Hulunbuir Grassland at the end of April makes no sense since it is still very cold out there on the grasslands which are not turning green yet. The best time falls between June and August.

  29. I am arriving Hailar on Jun 16 2019 and would be staying until departing on Jun 19, 2019.
    Can you suggest a visit to the Grassland with a overnight stay in a Yurt?
    Also arrange tour for 5 adults.

  30. Dear Hwang Yeoh,

    Thanks for your inquiry! I suggest you turn to your hotel in Hailar for travel information. Basically most of the hotels in Hailar have tourist desks where you can make join-in tourist group going to the grassland.

    Have a nice time on the grassland!

  31. Hello, can you tell me what it is like to travel around a Hulun Buir, Erguna etc at the start of October? Both in terms of weather and number of tourists (because it will be Golden Week). We would be organising a private tour. Thank you!

  32. Hello Sionna Murphy,

    Middle September finds Hulun Buir sliding into winter season. So it will be cold, specially in the early morning and later in the evening. Don’t expect any green grassland in early October. Basically brown and golden Late autumn hues and the hay bales in Fields. Not sure for the domestic tourist crowds for this National Day due to the covid-19. Today there are some reported cases in China’s southeast coastal town of Putian. Hope it won’t impact the tourism in October. Good luck and take care!

  33. Can somebody guide me how to reach Aershan from Hulunbir and then from aershan to xilinggol.

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