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Inner Mongolia


Bordered to the north with both the Republic of Mongolia and Russia, the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region is the widest province in China (by its latitude) and it is also the third largest Chinese province. It is not, however, widely populated, and so for visitors seeking a true sense of freedom this is an excellent choice. Many ethnic groups live in this area including Mongolian, Daur, Oroqen, Ewenki, Hui, Han, Korea and Manchu. 


Reasons to visit: Inner Mongolia is abundant in natural beauty, encompassing grassland scenery, colorful ethnic culture, the virgin forests in the Greater Hinggan Mountains, the majestic Xiangsha Gulf, grand views along the Yellow River, rivers and lakes, and springs. Inner Mongolia is also home to the Mausoleum of Genghis Khan, the Zhaojun Tomb, the ancient Great Wall, a Wudang Monastery at the bottom of the Yinshan Mountains, the Wuta Monastery, the Bailing Temple, and tomb murals dating back to the Eastern Han Dynasty (25-220).

Major Attractions:
Inner Mongolia is the home of Genghis Khan (1162-1227), the great Mongolian leader. His Mausoleum, located 185 km south of Baotou, holds his clothing buried in his memory. The Mausoleum was built in 1954 in Erdos City. Most people, however, believe that this is not where he was really buried but is instead a gathering place for Mongolians to offer sacrifices to the spirit of Genghis Khan. Whether this is true or not, Genghis Khan's Mausoleum remains a sacred place with great significance for Mongolian people.

Wanbu Huayanjin Pagoda: is located in the east suburbs about 17 km from Hohhot City (the capital). It was built in the Liao Dynasty (916-1125), and is a superb and glorious brick-wood structure about 150 tall. It is said that about 1,0000 volumes of the Huayan Buddhist Scripture once were reserved in the pagoda. This pagoda is also called the White Pagoda due to its white surface, and became a national key cultural relic in 1982.

Dazhao Temple: can be found in Hohhot, and is the oldest temple with a history over 400 years. This temple is built in the Chinese style except for the main hall, which is patterned after a Tibetan Lama temple. In the middle of the Buddha hall a silver Buddha statute can be found, so Dazhao temple is also called ‘Silver Buddha Temple.’


Gegentala Grassland: this site is 145 km from Hohhot, and means 'summer camp' or 'a resort from the heat' in Mongolian. The travel resort is near where princes used to live. Tourists can enjoy the beautiful scenery of grassland, the hospitality of herdsmen and the experience of camel riding, horse racing, archery and wrestling.

Xilamuren Grassland: this site is situated 100 km from Hohhot, and is a distinctive prairie with luxurious grass and vigorous wildflowers in summer and autumn.This grassland is also known as Zhaohe because of the Lama Temple-Puhui Temple. Behind Puhui Temple flows Xilamuren River: 'yellow river' in Mongolian.

Zhaojun Tomb: this is located near Hei He River, 9km (5.59 miles) from Hohhot, and is one of the eight major sights in Hohhot. Zhaojun was one of the four ancient 'belles', and was married to the King of Hun for political reasons by the Han Emperor. Zhaojun Tomb is also noted as the 'Green Tomb' since legend has it that every autumn the grass on the tomb remains lush while all the rest withers with the season.

Local Specialities:

Resulting from the great influence of herdsmen’s customs, Inner Mongolia cuisine features ethnic flavor. Mutton dominates the menu and you can hardly find better mutton anywhere else in China. Dairy products are rich in Mongolia, including cheese, milk curd, salty milk tea and mare milk drink, which is a highlight of any trip to this region. In addition, travelers should try fried noodles, camel meat mince pie and fried rice at least once!

Many special local products from all over Inner Mongolia are available at Hohhot. You can buy at both fairs and markets, whilst special products can be bought from shopping centers. If you are interested in handicrafts such as calligraphy, chinaware, jade ware, bamboo, and woodcarvings, Inner Mongolia Antique Shop on Xilin North Road offers a great choice. 



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