Travel Best Grassland, Forests & Little Switzerland in China Together
This 9 Days Hulunbuir & Arshan Tour takes you to explore highlights in Hulunbuir like Hulunbuir Grassland and Arshan UNESCO Global Geopark in nearby Xing’an League!
The tour starts from Hailar, the downtown area of Hulunbuir with the most frequent flight options of this region. Then, you will spend 3 days around to explore the scenic grassland, wetland, forests and Russian towns in Hulunbuir. After that, visit Manzhouli to savor the border flavor. Drive to Arshan UNESCO Global Geopark to discover the geomorphological secrets (volcanoes, solidified lava, crater lakes, primeval forests, granite peaks and rivers). Your tour will end in Hailar.
Best time to enjoy this tour: During the months of mid-May to early-October, especially from June to September, you will meet with the lushest scenery of the grassland. The weather during then is also the best of the year. Arxan is beautiful all year around, while spring, summer and autumn are more popular months to visit it.
Make Hulunbuir as the arrival city, and then start your trip to visit Hulunbuir Grassland - Ergun Wetland - Aoluguya Reindeer Village - Shiwei Russian Town - Manzhouli...
Drive from Manzhouli to Arxan, and then enjoy a 2-whole-day classic Arxan UNESCO Global Geopark Tour.
Welcome to Hulunbuir! Upon your arrival, your guide and driver will wait you at the arrival hall of the airport and then escort you to your hotel in Hailar District (9 kilometers and 20 minutes around by car), the downtown area of Hulunbuir City, by a comfortable licensed private vehicle (non-smoking). Your guide will help you check in. The rest of today is on your own to explore Hailar.
Arrival ideas: Hailar Dongshan International Airport, or called Hulunbuir Dongshan International Airport, has flights from Beijing (2.5 hrs), Hohhot (2.5 hrs), Harbin (1.5 hrs), etc. Beijing is the best gateway.
Good morning! After breakfast, your guide and driver will meet you at the hotel and then escort you to the most beautiful part of Hulunbuir Grassland, where dragon-like Morigele River winds through the wide-open prairie and rolling ridges are standing shoulder to shoulder in a distance. The car ride takes about 1 hour.
Landscape has already opened on the way. The whole Hailar District is built on the grassland, and thus you will get broad views of boundless steppe as soon as you leave Hailar. Stretching away in the distance: no trace of human activities except for the nomads and their Mongolian yurts and herds. Upon arriving at Morigele River, you can free yourself to enjoy roaming around or try galloping on horseback or other activities like wrestling, archery based on your interest (optional activities with extra payment). Lunch is served in the grassland area with unique Mongolian-style dishes like Shouparou, roasted mutton, etc.
After your satisfying grassland tour, you will travel north to visit Erguna Wetland Scenic Area (Ergun Wetland) - the No.1 Wetland in Asia. Walk for about 10 minutes (or ride an optional battery car for about 3 minutes and CNY 15/pp) from the entrance to the wooden trails, and then follow the trails to go up for a panorama view of the wetland. Nature has the best color palette. Astonishing views with verdant green willows, golden bushes and zigzagging Genhe River open in front of you. The mist hanging in the air adds more mysterious colors to the scenery.
After today's discovery, have a good sleep in Erguna City.
Good morning! After breakfast, your guide and driver will escort you (1.5 hours around by car) to Aoluguya Reindeer Village, the last reindeer village in China and the home of Santa Claus in China. Here, you will first admire their unique Cuoluozi houses, a kind of cottage made up of a stick and barks of white birch or white stones, and then date with groups of adorable reindeers, feed them, touch them and take photos with them up close. Later, visit the Aoluguya Museum to know the history and legend of this mysterious branch of Ewenki Ethnic Minority.
After that, drive north (4 hours around) to Shiwei Russian Town, which faces the small towns in Russia across the Ergun River. Enjoy your leisure moments in the small town. You can stroll around the rows of well-kept Russian-style buildings and streets or gaze the real Russian towns across the river to taste the Russian flavor. Thereafter, hike up to the "Fairy Slope" to get stunning sunset views. After night falls, you will accommodate in the unique Russian-style wooden Mukeden houses.
Good morning! Your forest and grassland tour continues! After breakfast, your guide and driver will escort you to Haur River Scenic Area. The secluded Haur River, which means "spring-like river" in Mongolian language, zigzags the Haur Wetland, forming an impressive picture. You will stand on the viewing platform to overlook the meandering river and its lush surroundings. After that, wander around the forest to relax yourself and to seek traces of reindeers and take a glimpse the Ewenki traditions and culture. Enjoy your blissful moments with dappled shadows of the sunshine kissing your face every now and then.
Then, continue the driving to Heishantou. Along the way, you will pass through White Birch Forest, the only pure White Birch Landscape in the whole Great Khingan area. Let’s indulge in the forest-crossing driving with amazing white birch trees standing on the two sides of road.
Then, drive for about 1.5 hours to Heishantou. Enjoy a moderate hiking to the "Sundown Slope" to enjoy the intoxicating sunset scenery over the vast wetland. When the red glow of the sunset fades away, you will go down the slope and then be escorted to the nearby Mongolian tribe for accommodation. Tonight, you will enjoy happy Bonfire Party with Mongolian girls and boys (free, but it may be cancelled in case of bad weather), and then stay overnight in adorable Mongolian yurts (with private bathroom) that you have seen many times. Have a nice sleep with the fresh smell of grasses.
Good morning! Today you will wake up in the grassland. After breakfast, you will spend your blissful morning in Heishantou, where you can enjoy galloping across the plains on horseback at the most professional horse ranch in the whole Hulunbuir region (optional activities with extra fees). Or, you can indulge in the emerald-like grassland that is awash with a blanket of multi-colored wildflowers.
Then, you will first enjoy an exciting driving trip along the Sino-Russian border road. On your left is the vast Hulunbuir Grassland, and on your right is the gurgling Ergun River and Russia.
After about 3 hours' drive, you will arrive at Hulun Lake which is one of the largest fresh water lakes in China with a length of 93 kilometers and a maximum width of 41 kilometers. It is praised as "the Pearl of the Grassland" and "the Kidney of the Grassland", playing an important role in the ecological environment protection and maintaining the biodiversity of Hulunbuir Grassland. Meanwhile, Hulun Lake is also the main birthplace of many nomadic ethnic groups in the north.
After the lake tour, keep driving to Manzhouli where China meets Russia and Mongolia. The evening is for you to freely enjoy the cheerful night view of this prosperous border city. Tonight, you will accommodate in the luxury hotel in Manzhouli.
Today after breakfast, you will visit Manzhouli Matryoshka Plaza to savor the mixed flavor of three countries. Over 200 lovely Matryoshka dolls, large or small, spread the square, forming the largest scale of the irregular architectural complex in the world. Then, your guide and driver will escort you to Arxan City in Xing'an League (about 5~6 hours by car).
Tonight you will accommodate in Arxan City.
Morning after breakfast, your wonderful Arxan tour begins. Your guide and driver will escort you to Arxan UNESCO Global Geopark with a 1.5-hour driving from Arxan City.
Arxan UNESCO Global Geopark is located in the hinterland of the Great Khingan and the junction of four grasslands in northeastern China, including Hulunbuir Grassland, Xilingol Grassland, Horqin Grassland and Mongolian Steppe. It has breathtaking volcanic landscape waiting for your steps. Your first site is the pearl of the scenic area - Heavenly Lake (Average Altitude: 1,322 meters above the sea level). Your driver will take you to the entrance of Tianchi Scenic Area, from where you will start your 998 steps leisurely forest hiking to get close to the holy lake. Heavenly Lake is a crater lake created after a volcanic eruption about 300,000 years ago. It is pure and crystal clean, with the reflections of the blue sky, lush trees and beautiful flowers waving on the water surface. The white gull and ducks leisurely playing around the lake add more vitality to this area. Take a short walk in the primitive forest there. After that, go down the stairs to visit the next site.
Warm tips: 1) During the peak season in July and August, all the cars will be suspended to go into the scenic area, and thus we will take you to the entrance and then change to a sightseeing bus to travel around. 2) The traffic fee (CNY 105/pp) is charged whether we take our private car or the required sightseeing bus.
Then, you will visit the 3-kilometer-long Three Lakes Gorge. The south side of the gorge are magnificent rugged cliffs, while the north side is full of unique basaltic lava deposits, which are special turtle shell patterns left on the surface after the volcanic eruption. The swift Haraha River runs through the gorge, accompanying with tinkling of the water striking the stones at the river bed.
After that, you will visit Shitang Forest, the largest and best-preserved lava landscapes in the world. The large area of lava stones are very thin, without any soil covered, however, the tall Xing'an larches and silver birches are rooted in the lava cracks, forming an impressive landscape.
After today's discovery, your will accommodate in your hotel at the foot of Heavenly Lake Scenic Area.
Good morning. After breakfast, your guide and driver will escort you to Azalea Lake of Arxan UNESCO Global Geopark.
When the volcano erupted, the lava flow blocked up the valley and thus the Azalea Lake formed. When spring comes, the lake will be surrounded by blossoming Azalea, hence the name. Azalea Lake is a paradise for photographer. There are beautiful scenery all the year round. Spring with mountains of beautiful Azalea flowers is awe-inspiring. In summer, Azalea Lake is full of duckweed swaying in the wind. Lush water plants and the clouds in the sky set each other off, which will certainly let you marvel at the charm of nature. The lake in autumn is still in pure blue, with the trees nearby turning to golden yellow. In winter, the lake will be frozen, and becomes a white fairy world.
Enjoy your peaceful moment at the lake area. Then, your guide and driver will escort you to Hailar District for accommodation. Today’s tour ends. Have a good sleep.
Today, your guide and driver will escort you to the airport to catch your flight to your next destination or home. Tour ends!
Departure ideas: The Hulunbuir Dongshan International Airport has flights to Beijing (2.5 hrs), Hohhot (2.5 hrs), Harbin (1.5 hrs), etc.
Kubuqi Desert, one of the most beautiful deserts in China.
Kubuqi is so popular among travelers to admire the authentic desert view with nice colors and curves. Yemingsha Scenic Area at the hinterland of Kubuqi boasts fantastic sand dunes for exciting off-road driving adventure and other entertainment in the yellow and chocolate colored wonderland. Within 2 days, you will play it to the most with the nice desert hiking, cool off-road driving, starry night sky appreciating, desert hotel or camping experience, and other optional interesting fun.
1. This price is for one person, based on a group of 2 adults sharing one standard double-bed room and traveling with our private tour in low seasons.
2. This price is subject to change according your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities in your itinerary and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate. If you want a lower price, you can get more people to join you, or use economy class hotels.
3. This price is only valid to March 31, 2023.
4. Reference exchange rate of USD 1= RMB 6.45. The final quote is based on current exchange rate. It may change according to the currency fluctuation, while the RMB quotation will be remained the same.
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You need to pack some personal gears, such as light and comfortable walking shoes, outdoor coat and pants. You'd better also pack sun cream, sun glasses.
1. A valid passport, a valid China visa and Tibet Permits are necessary documents for traveling in Tibet.
2. In Tibet, we suggest you avoid strong activity; do not take shower at the first day; drink more water and avoid of alcohol; better not to take oxygen if your AMS symptoms are mild. Always remember that if you have any problems or feel uncomfortable, please tell your guide immediately or contact our travel consultant.
3. A windbreaker, a pair of durable and comfortable shoes, a down jacket (better with hat), sunscreen cream, sun block, skin cream and lip balm, sunglasses, medicine for urgent use.
Chengdu Research Base of Panda Breeding is only available to see giant pandas. If you are interested in giant panda volunteer experience, please extend to Dujiangyan Panda Base, Wolong Shenshuping Panda Base or Ya'an Bifengxia Panda Base instead.
Taking high speed train to travel around China will be unique and special experience for you. Instead of taking flight, you can take high speed train from Beijing to Xian/Xian to Beijing, Chengdu to Chongqing, Yichang to Shanghai/Shanghai to Yichang, etc. All are within comfortable traveling time to reach the destinations. If you are interested, please feel free to ask our travel consultants to arrange high speed train for you.
Vegetarian food in Chinese cuisine culture is usually divided into 3 categories: the Monastery Vegetarian Food, the Court Vegetarian Food and the Folk Vegetarian Food. And the main ingredients are: soybean, taro powder, mushrooms, fresh vegetables and tofu (bean curd). It will be easier to find the vegetarian restaurants in big cities of china, such as: Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, HK, etc.
We suggest you to list any food or ingredients that you are allergic to and let our travel consultant know. Then your travel consultant will mark them in the guide’s itinerary, so that our guides in different cities can make some preparations and arrangements in advance.
The tour guides and driver will be at the same restaurants with you, but they will only join the meal when you invite. Sometimes the drivers are shy to join as they usually eat fast and could not understand English talk around the table, so the guide will be with you more often.
Yes, you will. There will be some meals excluded in your itinerary as you like, and your private guide will be delighted to give you some suggestions and take you to the local restaurants, if you are interested in local food tasting. But remember, some local snacks may not match your stomach, so ask your guided for more information before eating.
In China, there are myriads of souvenirs for visitors, and each city has its own specialty.
Some of the best buys are:
Bargains are not acceptable in big supermarkets and department stores. But in some night markets or tourist shops, you can bargain for a lower price, since the vendors always ask for very high price for a certain item. You’d better ask the opinion of the guide first, and then the guide will tell you the real value and quality of the item. Please note that when the bargain is processing, the guide will be hesitate to help as it may annoy the bosses. Just try to let the guides know you will bargain in advance.
If you do not need something from them, just do not ask for price. Some of the venders are very persisted, and if they keep selling things to you, you can simply say “No, thanks.” (Chinese pronunciation: ”Bu, XieXie”). If they do not give up, you just keep silence. Silence is sometimes useful to handle this situation.
Call your guide, or if you can’t find your guide, call your travel consultant or our office immediately. All the phone numbers include in our confirmation letter. Keep the letter with your during your trip.
Note: As our Beijing office is using the different guide arranging system, so we will not be able to provide the Beijing guide information until the day before you arrival, but once we have it, we will email you immediately.
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Eveyone in our company is working hard for only one goal, which is to ensure the highest level of service, luxury, and attention to detail from the minute you begin planning your trip, to the day you return home.
Our travel consultants are professional, experienced and responsible, helping you from the very beginning to the end of your China trip!
After sending us an inquiry, one of our travel consultants will get back to you within 0.5~23.5 hrs. In the next few days, he/she will be working closely with you to formulate a customized tour plan, as well as providing professional suggestions based on your travel interests, time, and budget.
Beside, he/she will keep in contact with you during your entire tour in China, continually checking if everything is going well as planned.
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Our local guide in every destination is not only very friendly, enthusiastic but also very informative and knowledgeable.
Once you arrive in the destination, the patient and punctual guides will pick you up and take you to get under skin of the city at your own pace. By in-depth discovery and explanation, they’ll show you more about the history, culture, customs and authentic local life. Throughout the journey, they're not only expert guides who take care of all the details but also fellow travelers who are dedicated to help you explore in comfort and style.
Our guides are passionate about what they do, and it shows all the way!
Using our private transfer service makes you comfortable, relaxed and worry free all the way!
Our private service includes licensed drivers with many years’ driving experience and air-conditioned, non-smoking, clean and well-maintained cars/vans. Drivers are local, polite, friendly and helpful, taking you to your tourist sites, hotels, airport/train stations in safety. All kinds of vehicle are offered, and yours depends on the size of your group. Usually, we offer sedan cars, SUVs, business vans (MPV) and different types of buses, all with extra space for your luggage.
Our private transfer service guarantees you the highest comfort!
In each destination, you’ll enjoy a comfortable stay in a great location!
The hotels we choose are based on star rating, great locations, well-equipped facilities, cozy bed, high quality service and guests’ feedbacks. Choices are a lot ranging from luxury 5 star, comfortable 4 star to budget 3 star. You could decide where to stay to best suit for your budget and likes. Generally, the hotels have both Western and Chinese breakfast with a wide choices.
If you have already got an ideal hotel, please feel free to tell our travel consultants and they'll book the hotel for you.
Have good sleep in our well-selected hotels in all the destinations of China.
We can satisfy all the dietary requirements no matter you want Chinese local food, western food, vegetarian food or muslin food.
The restaurants we will take you for lunch or dinner are all designated tourist restaurants approved by local tourist administration bureau. They have very good sanitary conditions and the food is prepared fresh and clean.
There will be some meals excluded in your itinerary as you like, and your private guide will be delighted to give you some suggestions and take you to the local restaurants to taste like Beijing Roast Duck, Xian Dumpling Dinner, Sichuan Hotpot, etc., if you are interested in local food tasting.
All the dining options will satisfy your stomach!
Hohhot / Huitengxile Grassland / Yemingsha of Kubuqi Desert / Hohhot
Hulunbuir / Erguna / Manzhouli / Hulunbuir
Hailar / Hulunbuir Grassland / Erguna / Greater Khingan Range/ Shiwei / Heishantou / Hailar