How to Plan a Hohhot Tour?

Hohhot (呼和浩特), or called "Green City" in Mongolian or shortened to 呼市(hū shì), is the capital of Inner Mongolia on China's north and northeast border. It has the best museums of this region to savor the ancient legacy, astonishing pagodas to explore the ancient glory, well-preserved residences of ancient celebrates to learn the history... More significantly, Hohhot City is surrounded by several fantastic grasslands and deserts. Besides, it is the bustling transportation hub of Inner Mongolia, with easy access to Baotou, Edos and other cities in Inner Mongolia, and many China cities, such as Beijing, Datong, etc. So, how to plan a Hohhot Tour? Our Hohhot Trip Planner is going to tell you everything about Hohhot travel, including the best time to visit Hohhot, how to get there and travel around, days to stay for a Hohhot Tour and so forth! Let's check them out to visit Hohhot in a wiser way!

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Hohhot Weather & Best Time to Visit

Hohhot belongs to a temperate continental and monsoon climate, with long and cold winter, dry and chilly spring, short summer and pleasant autumn. The weather there is most pleasant in summer and early autumn, especially in July, August and September, and thus this period of time is the considered as the best time to visit it!

Hohhot Spring (March, April and May)

  • Temperature: 7°C ~ 23°C

Spring in Hohhot is still chilly and it winds a lot in both the city and grassland areas. Besides, it is often hit by droughts and sandstorms in this season.

Hohhot Summer (June, July and August)

  • Temperature: 15°C ~ 27°C

Summer is one of the best times to visit Hohhot. These months see the most precipitation with 6 to 9 days of precipitation per month, and thus contribute a lot to the growth of grass. Amazing green grassland scenery is ready! Adventurous deserts are also calling.

Hohhot Autumn (September, October and November)

  • Temperature: 4°C ~ 21°C

Autumn in Hohhot is neither too hot nor too cold. During the early autumn, the grasslands are still in beautiful green and welcome their lovers. The middle autumn is still pleasant and the yellow view of the grasslands is also attractive.

Hohhot Winter (December, January and February)

  • Temperature: -12℃ ~ -9℃

Winter in Hohhot is cold and long. During winter, the underground water will be frozen, and thus you are not suggested to stay at the traditional Mongolian yurts.

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How to Get to Hohhot?

Hohhot is located in the middle region of Inner Mongolia. It is accessible by high speed train and also flight and normal train.

Flights to Hohhot

Hohhot Baita International Airport (呼和浩特白塔国际机场) is about 15 kilometers and half an hour away from Hohhot downtown (Xinhua Square) by car. It has flights to Beijing (1.5 hrs), Shanghai (2.5 hrs), Guangzhou (3.5hrs), Zhengzhou (1.5 hrs), Xiamen (3 hrs), etc. Besides, it offers flights to other cities in Inner Mongolia, like Hulunbuir (2.5 hrs), Xilingol (1h), etc. You can ride the Hohhot Metro Line 1 or Airport Shuttle Bus Line 1 to the airport. More details about Hohhot Baita International Airport >>

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High Speed Trains to Hohhot

Hohhot has two mainly used high speed train stations, namely Hohhot Railway Station and Hohhot East Railway Station. Hohhot Station (呼和浩特站) is the nearest to the city center. It has trains to/from Beijing (2.5 hrs), Taiyuan (4.5~5 hrs), Baotou (1~1.5 hrs), Ulanqab (1 h) and Ordos (1.4~2 hrs), etc. Hohhot Eat Railway Station is the largest train station in Inner Mongolia. It has bullet trains to/from Beijing (2.5 hrs), Taiyuan (5 hrs), Baotou (1~1.5 hrs), Ulanqab (1 h) and Ordos (1.4~2 hrs), etc.

Apart from the bullet trains, Hohhot also provides normal trains to/from many cities of the rest Inner Mongolia and China. Besides, there are international trains to Ulan Bator and Moscow, etc. Check more about Hohhot Train Stations | Hohhot High Speed Train >>

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Top Attractions & Thing to Do in & around Hohhot

Huitengxile Grassland

Huitengxile Grassland is located in the nearby Ulanqab City. It is about a 2-hour drive from Hohhot. At an altitude of 1,800 meters (5,900 feet) with strong winds, Huitengxile Grassland is "the Second Largest Wind Power Plant in Asia". Gigantic windmills are everywhere on the grassland, forming unique background for your selfies. Besides the windmills, Huitengxile Grassland also offers the lushest grass view amongst all the grasslands near Hohhot. And its Yellow Flowers Valley, a natural valley with gorgeous geo-park and cliffs that rare to see on grassland, is another highlight. From every May to September, the whole Huitengxile Grassland, especially the Yellow Flowers Valley, is dotted with beautiful wildflowers of yellow, red and more colors, welcoming the nature lovers.

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Huitengxile Grassland

Xilamuren Grassland

Xilamuren Grassland is the first grassland in Inner Mongolia that opened to the public, and thus it has the longest service history and the best facilities and accommodation conditions for tourism. The grassland also enjoys the closest distance from Hohhot, which takes less than 2 hours by car. Tourists visiting Xilamuren Grassland can enjoy diverse interesting activities, like dining while dressing up as Inner Mongolians, enjoying horse riding, wrestling, archery, having fun at the bonfire party...

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Xilamuren Grassland

Dazhao Temple

Built in 1580, Dazhao Temple, or called Dazhao Wuliang Temple, is the first temple of Lamaism built in Hohhot. For hundreds of years, Dazhao Temple has long been the center of Tibetan Buddhism in Inner Mongolia and one of the most famous Buddhist temples in northern China. Silver Buddha, dragon carving and murals are the "Three Wonders" of Dazhao Temple. Silver Buddha refers to the 400-year-old statue of Sakyamuni enshrined in the temple, which is the one of the largest Silver Buddha in China. Besides, the resplendent Zhaomiao architecture, different kinds of colored sculptures and giant Thangka are also the reasons attracting the visitors to come.

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Dazhao Wuliang Temple (大召无量寺)

Five Pagodas Temple

Five Pagodas Temple built in 1727 gets its name because of its unique shape of five sarira pagodas built atop a square pagoda. The building style of the temple is a mix of Jaya Seiya of Buddha in India and the old pagodas in China. It is full of exquisite brick carvings in the shapes of lion, elephant, Falun, golden wing bird, diamond pestle, Four Heavenly Kings in Chinese legends and so on. The most cherished carving is the Mongolia Astronomical Map, which is the only astronomical map in the world marked in Mongolian. Visitors can stroll around and climb to the top of the base of the temple cluster to admire its architectural art and trace its history.

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Five-Pagoda Temple

Inner Mongolia Museum

Inner Mongolia Museum is located in the downtown area of Hohhot. It is the only comprehensive museum of the whole autonomous region and the earliest museum established in ethnic minority areas. The 4-layer museum has four basic display halls, including paleontological fossils displays, Inner Mongolia historical relic displays, Inner Mongolia ethnic cultural relic displays, Inner Mongolia revolutionary cultural relic displays. It gives you a glimpse of Inner Mongolia’s history and culture. Check more about Inner Mongolia Museum >>

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Outlook of Inner Mongolia Museum

Other Attractions in Hohhot

Besides the highlights mentioned above, Hohhot and its surroundings has a lot to explore, like the Zhaojun Tomb - the tomb of one of the four most beautiful ladies in ancient China, Xilituzhao (Xilitu Temple) - the largest temple in Hohhot, Laoniu Bay - where Yellow River meets with the Great Wall, etc. There are also many great parks for you to kill the free time, like Qingcheng Park, Grassland Silk Road Cultural Theme Park and so on.

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Interesting Statue in Suiyuan General Yamen

How Many Days to Stay in Hohhot

Travelers usually spend 2~5 days in Hohhot and its surroundings.

2~3 Days in Hohhot

Travel Plan Features Itinerary
Plan A Hohhot Essence & Huitengxile Grassland Tour D1: Huitengxile Grassland
D2: Inner Mongolia Museum + Dazhao Temple + Five Pagodas Temple
Plan B Hohhot Essence & Xilamuren Grassland Tour D1: Xilamurren Grassland
D2: Inner Mongolia Museum + Dazhao Temple + Five Pagodas Temple

4~5 Days in Hohhot

Travel Plan Features Itinerary
Plan A Best Grassland & Desert Tour D1: Huitengxile Grassland / Xilamuren Grassland
D2: Inner Mongolia Museum + Suiyuan General Yamen
D3: Kubuqi Desert
D4: Kubuqi Desert + Wudangzhao
Plan B Best Grassland, Desert & Genghis Khan Culture Tour D1: Huitengxile Grassland / Xilamuren Grassland
D2: Inner Mongolia Museum + Wudangzhao
D3: Kubuqi Desert
D4: Kubuqi Desert + Mausoleum of Genghis Khan

(Note: the above travel plans exclude the arrival in Hohhot one day ahead.)

Travel beyond Hohhot

To More Inner Mongolia Destinations

Besides the attractions in and around Hohhot, Hulunbuir Grassland, the largest and most beautiful grassland in China, and Erguna Wetland, the largest most beautiful wetland in China, are also must-visits. A Hulunbuir & Erguna (Argun) Tour needs 4 days around.

In addition to Hulunbuir, some visitors also prefer to spend 4 days around to Ejina Populus Euphratica Forest for photography, 3 days around to Badian Jaran Desert for adventurous camping and desert crossing, 3 days around to Xilingol to explore the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site of Xanadu and nearby grassland and volcanic landform, etc.

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Hulunbuir Grassland

To More Destinations in China

With the help of high speed train, you can extend your Hohhot tour to Beijing - the capital with fabulous ancient Forbidden City and Great Wall, to Datong - one of the earliest dynasties to adopt Buddhism as their state religion with charming Yungang Grottoes and Hanging Temple, etc. Besides, you can ride a flight to the metropolis Shanghai with magic charm to see modern China, to Xian to with world awesome Terracotta Warriors, to Chengdu with adorable pandas, to Guangzhou with featured Lingnan culture and delicious Cantonese food, to Harbin with world-class Ice & Snow Festival and scenery, etc.

This vast country is full of surprises! No matter you are nature lovers, history fans, photography enthusiasts or hiking aficionados, China always has something for you. Please feel free to contact us and tell us your likes, we can customize a tour with your say!

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Where to Stay in Hohhot

There are three kinds of preferences for the accommodation in Hohhot. If you arrive in Hohhot late or ask much about the accommodation, you are suggested to stay at the modern hotels in Hohhot downtown. If you want to know more about the nomadic culture and life, you can experience the traditional Mongolian yurts on the grassland areas. For those who want to visit the nearby Kubuqi Desert, you can accommodate in the desert area.

Stay in Hohhot Downtown

Being the bustling capital of the whole Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, Hohhot enjoys the largest amount of luxury hotels and modern hotels of this region. There are over 1,200 hotels for you to choose, including 7 top luxury hotels of 5 stars, about 150 4-star and 3-star hotels and many budget hotels. Hotels in Hohhot downtown are good choices, especially those close to Qingcheng Park and Manduhai Park.

Stay at the Mongolian Yurts on the Grasslands

All the Grasslands near Hohhot have accommodation sites, which are made up of groups of round Mongolian yurts. Those luxury yurts have private washroom and convenient beds and tables to guarantee you a nice stay, while those traditional budget ones can only meet your basic needs. Each grassland area has more than one accommodation site. If you are going to visit Huitengxile Grassland, you are suggested to stay at the yurts at Yellow Flowers Valley. Swan Lake Resort is more suggested if you are heading to Xilamuren Grassland.

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Travel Hohhot with China Discovery

Visitors heading to Hohhot and Inner Mongolia usually get a tour package from experienced travel agencies in advance. This relatively large province is not that friendly for independent travelers because of the language barriers and widely distributed attractions. We China Discovery are experienced in planning Hohhot and Inner Mongolia Tours. We also give perfect suggestions about China Inner Mongolia Tours for our customers. If you go with us, our guide will accompany you all the way and introduce you the best history, scenery and accommodation of this region. Our local driver will escort you to travel around in speed and convenient with the help of licensed private car. The tour is customized according to your interest, time, budget and every special need. If you are interested, please feel free to contact us to customize and start your worry-free private tour now!

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