Things to Do in Inner Mongolia

Inner Mongolia stretches 2,400 km from west to east and 1,700 km from north to south. So, what to see & do in the vast and diverse Inner Mongolia?

To save your research time and best suit for your schedule, China Discovery list out top 5 travel cities like Hohhot, Baotou, Ordos, Ulanqab, Hulunbuir for your exploration; and top 4 grasslands like Xilamuren, Gegentala, Huitengxile and Hulunbuir Grasslands; and top 10 featured activities give you ideas what to do in this ethnical region.

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Featured Travel Map of Inner Mongolia

Featured Travel Map of Inner Mongolia

Hohhot Travel

No.1: Hohhot

Suggested Travel Length: 3-4 days

Must-see Attractions: Dazhao Temple, Five-pagoda Temple, Inner Mongolia Museum

More Attraction Options: Zhaojun Tomb, Great Mosque, Xilituzhao Monastery

Hohhot is the capital of Inner Mongolia, connecting Inner Mongolia with “Outer” Mongolia to the north and major Chinese cities.

Hohhot is an ideal place to relax for the magnificent natural beauty of the grasslands as well as fantastic cultural sites. If your time Inner Mongolia is limited, it is good to tour Hohhot and around (to nearby grassland or to Baotou, Ordos). By spending several days in and around Hohhot, you’ll see the essence of Inner Mongolia.

Baotou Travel

No.2: Baotou

Suggested Travel Length: 2 days

Must-see Attractions: Xilamuren Grassland, Wudangzhao Monastery

More Attraction Option: Meidaizhao Lamasery

Baotou is the largest city of Inner Mongolia, located at the foot of Yinshan Mountain and on the bank of Yellow River. It is reputed as the “Steel Capital on Grassland” and the “Capital of Rare Earth”.

Many travelers know Xilamuren Grassland. Actually, it is located in Baotou. It is more convenient to get to Xilamuren Grassland from Hohhot than Baotou. It is better to spend 2 days visiting this beautiful grassland.

Ordos Travel

No.3: Ordos

Suggested Travel Length: 2 days

Must-see Attractions: Mausoleum of Genghis Khan, Resonant Sand Bay

More Attraction Options: Ordos Grassland, Seven-star Lake

Ordos, in Mongolian, means “numbers of palaces”. Ordos, together with Hohhot and Baotou, forms the most dynamic area of “Golden Triangle” in Inner Mongolia.

It is a city featured in grassland, desert, lakes, temples etc. It is good to take a trip to Ordos for its famous sites Mausoleum of Genghis Khan and Resonant Sand Bay after Hohhot or Baotou trip. You should not miss the Ordos Wedding performance during the trip.

Wulanchaqu Travel

No.4: Wulanchabu

Suggested Travel Length: 2 days

Must-see Attractions: Gegentala Grassland, Huitengxile Grassland

More Attraction Option: Daihai Lake

Wulanchabu, also known as Ulanqab, means “the top of the red cliff” in Mongolian. There are charming vast pastoral landscape such as the two famous grasslands – Gegentala Grassland and Huitengxile Grassland.

During every summer, especially the Naadam Festival, many travelers come to Gegentala Grassland and Huitengxile Grassland to enjoy the festival and take part in some featured activities. It is good to combine the grassland trip with Hohhot city tour in one go.

Hulunbuir Travel

No.5: Hulunbuir

Suggested Travel Length: 4 days

Must-see Attractions: Hulunbuir Grassland, Golden Horde Mongolian Tribe

More Attraction Options: Hulun Lake, Manzhouli National Gate, Russia Taowa Square

Hulunbuir is located in the northeast of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. It adjoins Heilongjiang province in the east, shares borders with Mongolia to the west and Russia to the north.

The name of Hulunbuir is a combination of the names of two sister lake – the Hulun Lake and the Buir Lake. Hulunbuir is famous for its beautiful grasslands as well as its abundance in both natural resources such as forests, rivers, lakes, snow and ice, and its cultural traditions of the Mongolian, Ewenki, Oroqen, Daur and Russian ethnic groups. Hailar, Erguna and Manzhouli are the top places to visit in Hulunbuir.

Recommended Inner Mongolia Tours

Top 3 Inner Mongolia tours chosen by most customers to explore Inner Mongolia in the best way. Check the detailed itinerary, or tailor your own trip now with us.

Xilamuren Grassland
5 Days Hohhot, Baotou & Huitengxile Grassland Tour

Hohhot / Huitengxile Grassland / Resonant Sand Bay / Baotou

Mausoleum of Genghis Khan
5 Days Inner Mongolia Genghis Khan & Grassland Tour

Hohhot / Huitengxile Grassland / Hohhot / Baotou / Ordos

Hulunbuir Grassland
5 Days Best Hulunbuir Tour with Grassland Exploration

Hulunbuir / Erguna / Manzhouli / Hulunbuir

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