"Half is grassland, and another half is forest", this is Hulunbuir, a city with magical natural power and beauty. It feasts your eyes with spectacular landscapes as scenic as your desktop wallpapers. The boundless prairie and vast forests are also cradles of nomadic culture, and thus the city has a lot about the horseback kingdom to tell and nomadic activities to experience. Besides, the unbeatable location of facing Russia across a border river makes it possible to sample strong Russian aroma in China!
This 5-day Best Hulunbuir Tour shows you all the bests of Hulunbuir, including the visiting of grasslands and forests, exploration of Mongolian life and savoring of Russian flavor. You will have an in-depth visit of China’s Largest and Most Beautiful Grassland - Hulunbuir Grassland and Asia’s No.1 Wetland - Ergun Wetland, with stunning sunset admiring, horse riding, Mongolian yurts accommodating and more included. After that, head to the forests and Russian towns. Manzhouli, the prosperous city where China meets Russia and Mongolia, is another gift.
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.
Day 1 Hailar ArrivalPick up from airport / railway station & hotel check-in
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.
- Hulunbuir Dongshan International Airport (Hailar Dongshan International Airport)
Day 2 Hulunbuir Grassland - Ergun - Shiwei (B, L)Today’s highlights: Hulunbuir Grassland, Erguna Wetland Scenic Area, Shiwei Russian Town...
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.
The 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 panoramic 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.
Then, transfer further north to Shiwei Russian Town, which faces the small towns in Russia across the Ergun River. Enjoy your leisure moments at 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. Today's tour ends. Have a good sleep!
- Meandering Morigele River and Vast Hulunbuir Grassland
- Enjoy Exciting Running with Galloping Horses
- Watch Archery Games
- Lush Ergun Wetland in Summer
- Ergun Wetland in Autumn
- Shiwei Russian Town
- Shiwei Russian Town
Day 3 Shiwei - Heishantou (B, L)Today’s highlights: Haur River Scenic Area, White Birch Forest, Sunset View at Heishantou, Mongolian Yurts Accomodation...
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.
About 2.5 hours or so you will arrive in Heishantou. Here, enjoy your afternoon hours with horse galloping across the grassland on horseback at the most professional horse ranch in the whole Hulunbuir region (optional activities with extra fees). After that, you will take 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.
- Haur River Scenic Area
- White Birch Forest
- Amazing Sunset near Heishantou
- Mongolian Yurts in Hongjila Tribe near Heishantou
- Different Mongolian Yurts at Hongjila Tribe (For Your Reference Only)
Day 4 Heishantou - Manzhouli (B, L)Today’s highlights: Sino-Russian Border Road, Hulun Lake, Manzhouli Matryoshka Plaza
Good morning! Today you will wake up in the grassland. After breakfast, 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, you will arrive at Hulun Lake, the ocean-like lake in Mongolian language. Occupying an enormous area of 2,339 s.q.k, Hulun Lake, one of China’s largest freshwater lakes, is the pearl on the Hulunbuir Prairie. Indulging yourself in the natural music full of singing of birds, wind and water. The glittering water, lovely birds wheeling over your head and leisurely sheep and horses grazing nearby will certainly leave you a once-in-a-lifetime memory.
After the lake tour, keep driving to Manzhouli, where China meets Russia and Mongolia. Head to 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. 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.
- Manzhouli Matryoshka Plaza (Manzhouli Matryoshka Square)
- The Skyline Disappears over Hulun Lake
Day 5 Manzhouli - Hailar & Hailar Departure (B, L)Today’s highlights: Hulunbuir National Museum
Good morning. After breakfast, you guide and driver will escort you to Hailar with driving about 2.5 hours.
You will visit Hulunbuir National Museum in Hailar to trace the nomadic history in northern China. You can get up close to the ancient instruments, costumes and other ten thousand items used by ancient Mongols to learn the source, developing history, life and prosperity of northern China's nomadic peoples. The excellent collections and displays will also certainly help you have a better understating about the places you have visited during the past 4 days.
After the museum tour, your guide and driver will escort you to the Hulunbuir Dongshan International Airport to catch your flight to next destination or home. Tour ends!
Departure ideas: You are suggested to book a flight departing after 17:00 pm. Hulunbuir Dongshan International Airport has flights to Beijing (2.5 hrs), Hohhot (2.5 hrs), Harbin (1.5 hrs), etc.
- Hulunbuir National Museum
- Vivid Displays in Hulunbuir National Museum
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.
Meaning the “hot holy water”, Arxan Mountain is more than an idyllic caring resort, but also an outstanding global geopark where to explore virgin forest, mineral spring, volcano relic sites of various types and of course the most famous Heavenly Lakes. Besides, Arxan is quite famous for its gorgeous scenery on the road.
With only 2 days, you can appreciate the essential highlights of Arxan. Day 1 is fully arranged to see the Heavenly Lake, Three Lakes Gorge and Shitang Forest. On Day 2, spend around a half day to Azalea Lake and peaceful sightseeing time. The rest time is free for departure.
“Xishuangbanna in the south, and Mordaoga in the north”. Possessing the valuable primitive forest scenery at the northern hinterland of the Greater Khingan, Mordaoga Forest Park is one of the top representative nature wonderlands in northern China, especially in summer and autumn.
In the 1-day classic trip, you can take the interesting little sightseeing train to travel through the dense forest sea, passing the garden, stream, forest, wetland, etc. while enjoying the precious fresh air. Also, you’ll get an amazing hiking experience for an interesting nature discovery and later walk to the Nine Mountain Ranges in One Glimpse observation deck to catch the alluring panorama of layers of the luxurious mountain ranges of the Greater Khingan like sea waves.
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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