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Inner Mongolia Grasslands: Top 10 Prairies in Inner Mongolia

The endless green grass swaying in the breeze, with blooming wildflowers, tiny white yurts and grazing herds of sheep and horses decorating the landscape, must be a dream of every nature lover. And in Inner Mongolia, your dream can totally come true! On this wonderful land, you will find tons of awe-inspiring grasslands. Which are the best Inner Mongolia Grasslands? Browse our Top 10 Grasslands in Inner Mongolia for inspiration!

Inner Mongolia Grasslands Map

Inner Mongolia Grasslands Map

No.1: Hulunbuir Grassland – The Best Grassland in the World

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Hulunbuir Grassland

Inner Mongolia Grasslands

Hulunbuir Grassland

Location: Xinbalhu Left Banner, Hulunbuir City, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region (内蒙古自治区呼伦贝尔市新巴尔虎左旗), flights from Beijing (2.5 hrs), Hohhot (2.5 hrs), Harbin (1.5 hrs), etc.

Best Time to Visit: June ~ September for the lush grassland scenery and Naadam Festival, December for the winter Naadam Festival (the best period of time to visit it may vary according to the precipitation of the year.)

Hulunbuir gets its name of two lakes: Hulun Lake and Buir Lake, which just like two jade belts spreading the grassland area. Covering an area of 11.2667 million hectares, Hulunbuir Grassland is One of the Four Largest Grasslands in the World. Besides the vast grassland area, it also boasts over 3,000 rivers and 500 lakes. Due to its rich types of grass and well-preserved natural environment, Hulunbuir Grassland is also praised as "The Purest Prairie" and "The Kingdom of Grass".

Expanses of open grassland dotted with Inner Mongolians and their tiny yurts and grazing flocks and herds highlight a trip to this boundless green land. The rich types of activities, like horse riding, watch wrestling and horse racing and attend bonfire, make it more appealing. Located in the northeast of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region closing to China’s border with Russia and Mongolia, Hulunbuir Grassland also has a strong exotic flavor!

☛ 5 Days Best Hulunbuir Tour

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No.2: Huitengxile Grassland - A Natural Grassland with a Beautiful Valley

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Huitengxile Grassland

Inner Mongolia Grasslands

Huitengxile Grassland

Location: Chahar Right Middle Banner, Wulanchabu City, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region (内蒙古自治区乌兰察布市察哈尔右翼中旗), 135km and about 3 hours’ drive from Hohhot or 2 hours from Beijing by bullet train plus 1.5 hours from Ulanqab by car

Best Time to Visit: June ~ September (the best period of time to visit it may vary according to the precipitation of the year.)

Huitengxile, as its name "cold plateau" in Mongolia implies, is a rare alpine mountain meadow, with an altitude of over 1,800 meters. It is located in Ulanqab, 110 km and 2 hours around away from Hohhot by car. There are 99 natural lakes dotted, adding more vigorousness to the grassland. The biggest highlight of Huitengxile Grassland is the gorgeous landscape carped with beautiful wildflowers in red, yellow, blue, red and more colors, with the gigantic Wind Power Plants as the backdrop. And the scenery at Yellow Flowers Valley on the west side of the grassland is the best. The valley also boasts a splendid Geological Park with strange stones of different shapes and distributions.

Try some hare’s milk wine or a camel ride and take in a gorgeous landscape carpeted with wildflowers in the warm months.

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☛ 3 Days Hohhot Grassland Landscape Tour

No.3: Xilamuren Grassland - The Closest Grassland to Hohhot

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Xilamuren Grassland

Inner Mongolia Grasslands

Xilamuren Grassland

Location: Daerhammao Ming Union Banner, Baotou City, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region (内蒙古自治区包头市达尔罕茂明安联合旗), 93 km and 2 hours from Hohhot by car

Best Time to Visit: June ~ September (the best period of time to visit it may vary according to the precipitation of the year.)

Xilamuren Grassland is the most popular grassland due to its proximity to Hohhot and the large number and high-quality of grassland. Xilamure, which means “Yellow Water” in Mongolia, is also known as ZhaoHe because of an old Lama Temple along the Xilamuren riverside.

Traditional Mongolia culture can be found throughout the grassland. Travelers could enjoy a range of cultural pursuits, such as visit of herdsman house, the Mongolian traditional welcome ceremony, sumptuous Mongolian cuisine, Mongolia wrestling. A variety of outdoor activities including camel riding, sand skating and sand sculpture, are also available. The best time to visit the Xilamuren Grassland is in summer and early autumn. What’s more, during the Nadam Fair held every summer, you can even take part in some of the competitions that you are interested in.

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No.4: Gegentala Grassland - The Cradle of Naadam Festival

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Gegentala Grassland

Inner Mongolia Grasslands

Gegentala Grassland

Location: Wulanchabu City Siziwang Banner (乌兰察布市四子王旗) , about 140km and 2 hours’ drive from Hohhot

Best Time to Visit: June ~ September (the best period of time to visit it may vary according to the precipitation of the year.)

Gegentala Grassland in Mongolian means "a summer resort" or "the place of grazing summer". It is the largest and unique Mongolia scenic spot bearing the Mongolia ethnical features of China. Besides, it is also the Cradle of Naadam Festival, the grandest festival in Inner Mongolia.

Here, you’ll be truly astonished by the remarkable beauty of the natural scenery of the grassland and be warmly welcomed by the enthusiastic herdsmen and their families, invited to taste traditional Mongolian food, take part in local activities like listen to the melodious toasting songs or appreciating traditional Mongolian dances. Moreover, you can have a good time horseback riding or experiencing a pleasure trip on a camel. Don’t miss the attractive Naadam Fair held on Gegentala Grassland every summer.

No.5: Xilingol Grassland – One of the 6 Most Beautiful Grasslands in China

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Xilingol Grassland

Inner Mongolia Grasslands

Xilingol Grassland

Location: Xilinhot City, Xilingol League (锡林郭勒盟锡林浩特市), about 1 hour from Hohhot or 1.5 hours from Beijing by flight

Best Time to Visit: June ~ September for the lush grassy view and Naadam Festival, December for the white winter view and exciting winter Naadam festival (the best period of time to visit it may vary according to the precipitation of the year.)

Xilingol Grassland is located in the central and eastern part of Inner Mongolia and the region about 423 kilometers (direct distance) north of Beijing. If you ride a flight, you can get to the nearby airport - Xilinhot Airport from Beijing in 1.5 hours or from Hohhot in 1 hour.

Xilingol Grassland is One of China’s Four Largest Grasslands and One of China’s Six Most Beautiful Grasslands. The endless grassland, zigzag Xili River and leisurely horses and sheep always welcome visitors from all over the world. You shouldn’t miss Ujumuqin Grassland, the most beautiful area of Xilingol Grassland and the firming spot of The Wolf Totem, a famous Chinese movie.

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No.6: Ulan Butong Grassland – Once An Imperial Enclosure and Now the Backyard Gardern of Beijing

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Ulan Butong Grassland in Autumn

Inner Mongolia Grasslands

Ulan Butong Grassland in Spring

Location: Hexigten Banner, Chifeng City, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region (内蒙古自治区赤峰市克什克腾旗), about 450 kilometers and 7 hours from Beijing by car

Best Time to Visit: September and October for the picturesque golden landscape, June ~ August for the green vista, November ~ March of next year for the white view with snow

Ulan Butong Grassland was once one part of Mulan Paddock, which was a royal hunting garden in Qing Dynasty (1636-1912). Every autumn, the emperor and his princes, ministers and elite soldiers came here for hunting and touring. You can trace that period of royal hunting history from many famous Chinses TV series like Princess Pearl, Kangxi Dynasty, etc. All these popular TV dramas are filmed at Ulan Butong Grassland.

Nowadays, everyone is allowed to visit Ulan Butong Grassland. The grasslands, lakes, deserts, wetlands and forests there welcome nature lovers, photography enthusiasts, history fans and all other visitors. With so rich and beautiful landscapes, there is always one kind of beauty catching your eyes or your shutter. Apart from the grassland scenery, you can also indulge in many activities to blend into the history and daily life of local nomads, like try the horse milk wine, take grassland trekking, enjoy horse riding etc.

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No.7: Ulgai Prairie – The Horizon Grassland

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Ulgai Prairie

Inner Mongolia Grasslands

Ulgai Prairie

Location: East Wuzhumuqin Banner, Xilin Gol League, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region (内蒙古自治区锡林郭勒盟东乌珠穆沁旗), about 1.5 hours from Beijing by flight plus 1 hour by car

Best Time to Visit: June ~ September (the best period of time to visit it may vary according to the precipitation of the year.)

Ulagai Prairie, or called Wulagai Grassland, is named after the Ulagai River. Located at the junction of Xilingol League, Hinggan League and Tongliao City, Ulgai Prairie is rich in species of animals and plants. It is also one of the best preserved natural grasslands in the world and has a reputation of "The Horizon Grassland". Whenever and wherever you press your photo button at this vast land, you get fantastic desktop wallpapers. It is said that the story told in the film The Wolf Totem just happened there, adding more mysterious color of the grassland.

No.8: Horqin Grassland – The Hometown of Empress Xiaozhuang

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Horqin Grassland

Inner Mongolia Grasslands

Horqin Grassland

Location: Horqin Left Wing Right Banner, Tongliao City, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, (内蒙古通辽市), about 1.5 hour from Tongliao City by car

Best Time to Visit: June ~ September

Horqin is the hometown of Empress Xiaozhuang (1613-1688), a famous virtuous queen in China’s Qing Dynasty who has fostered two generations of emperors. In the hinterland of Horqin Grassland lies Zhurihe Grassland, a beautiful area with a variety of natural landscape, valleys, forests as well as Mongolian yurts.

Now, with the help of high speed railway, tourists can reach Tongliao City from Beijing in 4 hours. And from Tongliao City, you can get to the Zhurihe Grassland in 1.5 hours around by car. On the way, you can make a stop at the Cultural Tourism Zone of Empress Xiaozhuang and visit the former residence, museum, military camp to trace the wonderful life of this famous empress.

No.9: Gongal Grassland - A Natural Grassland with Darinore Lake

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Gongal Grassland

Inner Mongolia Grasslands

Gongal Grassland

Location: Hexigten Banner, Chifeng City, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region (内蒙古自治区赤峰市克什克腾旗), about 293 kilometers and 3 hours away from Chifeng City by car

Best Time to Visit: June ~ September

Gongal Grassland is about one hour south of Xilingol Grassland by car. It is mostly famed for the Darinore Lake, one of the Four Famous Lakes in Inner Mongolia. The lake view is as broad as facing a sea, which is extremely amazing. And the water of the lake guarantees the grass of this region a steady stream of vitality, and thus attracts continuous of visitors to come. In the northeast of the grassland is a rare red spruce forest, which is one of the only two remaining red spruce forests in the world. Every autumn, shutterbugs will gather and create stunning photos.

No.10: Ordos Grassland – A Comprehensive Entertainment Park Built on Grassland

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Live Equestrian Drama on Ordos Grassland

Inner Mongolia Grasslands

Ordos Wedding Show on Ordos Grassland

Location: Hangjin Banner, Ordos City, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region (内蒙古自治区鄂尔多斯市杭锦旗), about 2 hours from Ordos by car

Best Time to Visit: June ~ September

Different from any other grassland, visitors heading to Ordos Grassland are not for the green carpet-like view but for the colorful entertainment projects and performances. Here, visitors can customize their own trip from the tons of activities, like kart racing, golf game, archery, maze and so forth. Popular shows include The Ordos Wedding, Live Equestrian Drama, etc. It you are looking for somewhere to create happy memories with your kids, the Ordos Grassland is a good choice.

Which Grassland to Choose?

GrasslandsLandscapeActivities
(Horse Riding, Zhama Banquet…)
Yurt AccommodationBest TimeTime Needed (days)
Hulunbuir GrasslandLocal 3~4 starJune ~ September,
December
3~5
Huitengxile GrasslandLocal 2~3 starJune ~ August1~2
Xilingol GrasslandLocal 2~3 starJune ~ September,
December
2~5
Ulan Butong GrasslandLocal 2~3 starSeptember and October,
June ~ August,
November ~ March
2~5
Xilamuren GrasslandLocal 2~3 starJune ~ September1~2
Gegentala GrasslandLocal 2~3 starJune ~ August1~2
Horqin GrasslandLocal 2~3 starJune ~ September1~2
Gongal GrasslandLocal 2~3 starJune ~ September1~2
Ordos GrasslandLocal 2~3 starJune ~ September1~2

Amongst the so many prairies in Inner Mongolia, Hulunbuir Grassland, the best and most beautiful grassland in China, enjoys the best popularity. It is also the best choice to enjoy the annual Naadam Festival, the grandest fair of the Mongolians.

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In addition to Hulunbuir Grassland, Huitengxile Grassland and Xilamuren Grassland near Hohhot and Ulgai Prairie (Wulagai Grassland) in Xilingol are the most popular. Huitengxile Grassland is the top pick for the grassy landscape lovers, while Xilamuren is the best choice for those who prefer to the grassland activities like Zhama Banquet. Ulgai Prairie is relatively primitive and is the dreamland for the fans of the film The Wolf Totem.

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☛ 3 Days Hohhot Grassland Landscape Tour

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Besides, Ulan Butong Grassland at where Inner Mongolia meets Heibei Province is an autumn paradise for shutterbugs. Visitors usually travel Ulan Butong Grassland and Bashang Grassland together. The emerald summer view and white winter landscape there are also fantastic.

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How to Plan Your Inner Mongolia Tour?

Places to Visit in Inner Mongolia: Hohhot, Hulunbuir, Ordos, Baotou, Ulanqab, Badan Jaran, Ejina, Xilingol, Chifeng…

How to Get to Inner Mongolia: International and domestic flights to Hohhot, Hulunbuir…; Domestic flights to Xilingol, Chifeng…;High Speed Train to Hohhot, Ulanqab, Baotou, Ordos, Chifeng…; Drive to Badan Jaran, Ejina…

Best Time to Visit: April to October (especially from June to September for grasslands, June to October for deserts)

Inner Mongolia is so large and abundant with diverse distinct natural and cultural highlights, therefore, you can hardly discover all the bests in one single visit. It would take 3 days to more than 1 month for various needs. And your itinerary can be decided based on your trip length, interests and a major area of this vast destination.

Classic Inner Mongolia Tours - Middle Part (Hohhot, Baotou, Ordos...)

A classic Inner Mongolia tour usually starts from Hohhot, the capital of Inner Mongolia and most convenient traffic hub. Planning 3 days is popular for an essential discovery of Hohhot city highlights with surrounding grassland like Huitengxile or Xilamuren. 1-2 days extension to Kubuqi Desert in Ordos is also frequently chosen. And a 5-6 days trip including Hohhot, nearby grassland, Ulanqab volcanoes, Baotou and Ordos are the favorite one among travelers to discover grassland, desert, historical culture of Genghis Khan, Tibetan Buddhism, etc. in Inner Mongolia.

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Authentic Grassland, Wetland & Forest Park - East Part (Hulunbuir, Arxan...)

If you are interested in the most beautiful grassland, arrange 4-5 days to Hulunbuir to catch Hulunbuir Grassland and all the fabulous primitive nature and in-depth nomadic tribe culture highlights in Hailar, Ergun, Genhe and Manzhouli. If you have more time, add 2 more days to Arxan National Forest Park.

A middle and east Inner Mongolia discovery to Hohhot, Baotou, Ordos and Hulunbuir usually takes about 6-8 days, which helps you savor the top representative prairie sightseeing and culture of Inner Mongolia.

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Wild Desert & Golden Populus Forest - West Part (Badain Jaran, Ejina...)

The west Inner Mongolia is favored for seeking wilder sightseeing and adventure. If you want to discover China’s most beautiful desert, a 2-4 days Badain Jaran Desert trip to the west Inner Mongolia is your best choice to go! Besides, the splendid Ejina Populus Euphratica Forest is quite hot for a 2-3 days’ photography tour in autumn. If you want a longer vacation, plan as many other visitors to discover Badain Jaran together with nearby hot and convenient destinations like Xining, Zhangye, Dunhuang, Jiayuguan, etc. It usually needs 7 days for a Xining Zhangye Badain Jaran Desert trip.

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☛ 4 Days Ejina Populus Euphratica Forest Photography Tour

If you are seeking more authentic sightseeing and deeper Inner Mongolia culture and history highlights, it is also popular to discover Chifeng and Xilingol for 4-5 days.

Besides, it is also a great idea to extend to more popular destinations in China to appreciate more wonderful nature, culture, history and food of this vast country, such as Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Chengdu, Xinjiang, Gansu, Tibet, Yangtze River, Yunnan, Guilin, Zhangjiajie, Huangshan, etc.

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