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Hohhot Travel Guide 1: Main Hohhot Facts


Another Name: Green City
Location: Situated in the central area in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, lies between the Yinshan Mountain and the Yellow River.
Population: with a population of 22,840,000
Hohhot Overview: Hohhot is the capital of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region in northern China, 36 ethnic groups and some 50 odd ancient temples make this grassland paradise particularly charming. Hohhot China is an ideal place to relax away from modern day pressure thanks to the magnificent natural beauty of the Gegentala and Xilamuren Grasslands as well as fantastic cultural sites such as the Dazhao Temple, Five-Pagoda Temple and the Xilituzhao Palace. Mongolian folk songs and wrestling are popular entertainments while ethnic delicacies and the clemency of the local people add to the enjoyment of a stay here.


Hohhot Travel Guide 2: Hohhot Culture


Mongolian Folk Songs

The Mongolian folk songs, which fall into two tunes——major and minor, display the unique style of the ethnic music. The major is characterized by lengthy composition, trembling and vibration pitch, graceful and dignified melody with a few words. The minor has the feature of regular rhythm and metres. All the folk songs reflect the Mongolian people's bold and unconstrained character, frank and open personality, and enthusiastic simple and honest qualities.



Haolaibao, a local drama, has been popular and well received in Inner Mongolia. Its tune is fixed and the words of songs are almost improvised by the performers who are inspired by something or some scenes. Generally, the drama is performed by one, two or more actors in the form of singing.

Mongolian Dance

The Mongolia dances have long enjoyed good reputation. Such dances as traditional Saber Dance, Ordos Dance, Chopsticks Dance, and Cup and Bowl Dance are all characterized by the sprightly rhythm, exquisite movements and gestures, and unbounded and stirring atmosphere, vividly revealing the Mongolian people's temperament of enthusiasm, openness and honesty.


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Attractions in Hohot


1. Dazhao Temple: Dazhao Temple is the oldest building and the largest temple in Hohhot China. The construction of the temple was completed in 1580 during the Ming Dynasty and it is therefore the oldest Lamaist Buddhist temple in Inner Mongolia. The temple is now a well-known tourist attraction because of the impressive buildings, splendid statues, delicate frescos, musical instruments and fine collection of Buddhist scriptures.

2. Five-Pagoda Temple: Five-Pagoda Temple, which is also called Jingangzuo Sheli Baota, is located in Hohhot China. The pagoda is 16 meters high and it is composed of three parts: the base, the seat and the top (five dagobas). Compared with other pagodas, Five-Pagoda Temple is unique in at least two aspects: its special structure, pagodas over pagoda, and the green and yellow colored glazes on the short eaves and tops of pagodas. Those make Five-Pagoda Temple quite special, a treasure of Hohhot China.


3. Gegentala Grassland: 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. On the grassland, the weather is cool and the natural scenery is fascinating. With thriving grass and abundant water, the green of the grassland reach out as far as your eyes can see. Colorful wild flowers and flocks of sheep that look like masses of cloud make the scene absolutely beautiful.

4. Wanbu Huayanjing Pagoda: Built in the Liao Dynasty, the Wanbu Huayanjing Pagoda is located in the east suburbs about 17 kilometers from Hohhot China. With a height of 55 meters, the Wanbu Huayanjing Pagoda is a seven-tier octagonal brick and wood structure.


5. Xilamuren Grassland: Lying about ninety kilometers north of Hohhot China, Xilamuren Grassland is the first grassland tourist attraction opened in Hohhot China. 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.

6. Xilituzhao Palace: Xilituzhao Palace is a key cultural protection unit of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. It is located in the north of Stone Lane, Yuquan District, Hohhot China. It is about 100 meters away from the famous Dazhao Temple. The palace is the largest Lama temple in Hohhot. The temple was quite grand and unique in architectural style.


Food in Hohhot  

What to Eat in Hohhot China


1. Roasted Whole Sheep: Roasted whole sheep, a traditional and unique dish, used to be a privilege enjoyed only by Mongolian kings due to the special and complicated cooking method. Luckily enough, everyone can taste it now. Roasted whole sheep is famous not only for its quality mutton but also for its special method of preparation.

2. Shouba Rou: Unlike roasted whole sheep, shouba rou (boiled mutton eaten with hands) is more popular among herdsmen. Mutton is boiled in a wok without salt or any other spices. Shouba rou is then cut with a Mongolian knife and dipped into seasonings. Tourists who leave the grassland without tasting shouba rou cannot grasp the dining habits and sentiments of the grassland.


3. Fried Sheep Tail: Fried sheep tail is made up of fat from the sheep tail, egg white, preserved fruit and sugar. This dish is beautiful, sweet and crispy with the flavor of fruit.

4. Mare Milk Dring: Mare milk drink is regarded as very precious by herdsmen. Whenever guests come, herdsmen will treat them with generous servings of mare milk drink. This special drink is tasty and tonic; it can drive away cold and invigorate the circulation of blood.


5. Oat Powder: The staple food here is oats. Oat powder can be made into noodles for mutton or vegetable soup seasoned with pepper and garlic. This is very popular among locals.

6. Fried Millet: Fried millet is a staple food for herdsmen. First millet is fried, and then the chaff is ground. Serve with milk tea with salt or sugar. It is so savory that it has become a must for both locals and guests when tasting milk tea.


Where to Eat in Hohhot China


Xin Cheng Hotel

The roasted whole sheep can be tasted in restaurant in Xin Cheng Hotel (5 Star), located at No.40 Hulun South Road, Hohhot China. The Mongolian Khan's Banquet, Erdos Wedding Banquet, Happy Nadam Fair Banquet, and Zhaojun Banquet offered here are all traditional Mongolian tastes.


Malaqin Restaurant

Malaqin Restaurant, situated in Xincheng West Street, also serves Mongolian-style food. Specialties here include roasted mutton leg, roasted mutton tail, mutton barbeque, shouba rou, instant-boiled mutton and many other dishes.

Gufengxuan Restaurant

Gufengxuan Restaurant is an old establishment featuring Muslim dishes. It enjoys a good reputation locally. There are more than 150 kinds of delicacies such as mince pie, mutton barbeque, roasted beef, sesame mutton, etc. It is located in Zhongshan West Road.


Shopping in Hohhot

Hohhot displays special local products from all over Inner Mongolia. These products can be bought at both fair and market, 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 may give you some surprises.


What to Buy in Hohhot China


Mongolian Silverware
As early as in Yuan Dynasty, Mongolian has been famous for their use of silverwares. Silverwares include bowl, knife, pot and wine vessel. The silverware is finely crafted, vivid in color and traditional ethnic designs. The Mongolian bowl is a jewel among them.

Mongolian Carpet
Inner Mongolian carpet is made of local wool, colored with mineral and plant biased dyes and hand woven. The main categories include natural-colored, archaized, Han Dynasty, and artistic tapestry. In addition, there are various cushions.


Mongolian Knife
Mongolian knife is a daily article and a status symbol as well. All will look down on a man without his knife. The blade is made of steel while the handle is made of ox horn and red wood. The Camel-shaped Mongolian knife is particularly worth mentioning. The camel body is made of redwood or birch while the handle is made from ox horn and camel bone. However, before your purchase any knife, consult with your airline as to whether knife is allowed packed in your luggage.

Mongolian Embroidery
In contrast to other famous embroideries in China, the Mongolian embroidery is made on woolen felt and leather boots as well as soft materials. The Mongolian embroidery distinguishes itself by its dignified and unimposing style and vivid color contrast.


Ox Horn Handicrafts
Ox horn handicrafts are roughly divided into three categories: wall-decoration, ornaments and accessories. Altogether there are more than 100 types of products such as animals, bottles and cups, necklaces, rings, earrings, hairclips, belt and calligraphy series.

Glossy Ganoderma
Glossy Ganoderma is a rare herb good for the immune system. It is very precious because as it cannot be cultivated. Jew's ear is tonic and delicious. It can be cultivated manually. Sunflower seeds grown in Inner Mongolia are famous all over China owing to their size and taste.


Where to Buy in Hohhot China

For articles, you can go to:

Parkson located at No.212 Zhongshan West Road, Hohhot China
Tianyuan Store at Zhongshan West Road, Hohhot China
Mandula Commercial Building at Wuta East Street, Hohhot China
Beijing-Hualian Department Store Hohhot Ltd. Com at Nuohemule Street, Hohhot China
Inner Mongolian Nationality Department Store at Zhongshan West Road, Hohhot China
Weiduoli Department Store at Zhongshan West Road, Hohhot China
Commercial Building at Wuta East Street, Hohhot China


Nightlife in Hohhot  

Entertainment in Hohhot China is colorful. Like in any modern cities, nightclubs and amusement parks can provide trendy fun. However, as an ethnic-featured city, Hohhot has its own charms. In some night spots and theaters, there are wonderful Mongolian song and dance shows. The most thrilling part of all is that you can demonstrate your sportsmanship by joining the locals, taking part in camel race, horse race, wrestling, archery or dance. The most romantic would be to watch folk music and dance performance, to taste shouba rou (the boiled mutton eaten with hands), to take part in bonfire party and to live in a ger in Gegentala or Xilamuren grasslands.


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Best Time to Visit Hohhot China


The best time to visit Hohhot China is from April to October, while the best time to go to the grassland is from middle July to early September when the temperature is 15°C to 25°C. Also, the famous Nadam Fair is held during July or August. This traditional festival occupies an important place in the life of Mongolian people. Nadam means "entertainment" or "game" in Mongolian. Tasting savory milk tea, listening to melodious music from horse-head string instruments, living in gers and watching stars will bring you back to nomadic times. Nadam Fair is also the trade fair for farm products, such as mutton, beef, cheese, butter, and yogurt. However, remember to bring a coat or jacket even in summer since the temperature drops dramatically in the evening.

Information on Hohhot Transport


By City-bus
Currently, there are about 60 bus lines opened in Hohhot China, which can reach to the city's every corner. Most of the buses have no conductor, so you are required to prepare CNY1 before getting on the buses. On the other hand, the mini buses with conductors often charge by distance, costing around CNY1.5.

By Taxi
Thousands of taxis provide around-the-clock service at reasonable prices. During daytime, the flag-down rate is CNY6 for the first 2 kilometers and CNY1 for per kilometer thereafter. Please note that the taxi of Santana and Fukang charge CNY1.5 for every additional kilometer.

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