Ejin Banner (Ejina, Ejina Qi) in western Inner Mongolia is most famous for the Ejina Populus Euphratica Forest. It attracts thousands of tourists in September and October when the trees turn Ejina to a golden dreamland. Ejina is usually traveled with Jiayuguan and Zhangye in Gansu Province, but it needs 6-7 hours’ drive, so in most cases, tourists need to stay at least one night in Ejina.
Where to Stay in Ejin Banner (Ejina)?
Ejina is a remote county in western Inner Mongolia with several star-rated hotels and some homestays. Most hotels and homestays gather in Dalaihob Town and it is also the most recommended accommodation area. Here is more detailed information about where to stay in Ejina, including the recommended hotels in Ejina and the accommodation condition in main attractions such as Ejina Populus Euphratica Forest, Heicheng Ruoshui Huyang Scenic Area, and Juyan Lake.
Note: Please be kindly noted that the accommodation condition may not live up to your expectation. In September and October, the hotel price will increase a lot and the rooms will be quickly booked up. So you need to book your hotel as early as possible. You can either book one online or contact us for help.
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Dalaihob Town is only 2.5 km from Ejina Populus Euphratica Forest. Dalaihob is like a supply depot for visitors to Ejina. Here you will have more choices of accommodation such as 4-star hotels (not as luxury as 4-star hotels in big cities) and local-run homestays. It is also convenient to find shops and restaurants around. Besides, if you are independent travelers, Dalaihob Town is the place where you can charter a car to the main attractions.
Address: Huancheng South Road, Dailaihob, Ejin Banner, Inner Mongolia, about 4 km from Ejina Populus Euphratica Forest, 8 km (10 minutes’ drive) from Ejina Railway Station, 12 km (15 minutes’ drive) from Ejina Taolai Airport
Taihao International Hotel is one of the best hotels you can find in Ejina. It has 126 guest rooms in different types to meet your demands and relatively complete facilities such as wifi, fitness room, swimming pool, bar, tennis court, sauna center, KTV, etc. The rooms are clean and comfortable. Breakfast, fruit, and Chinese meal are serviced in the hotel.
Address: West of Binhe Road, Dailaihob, Ejin Banner, Inner Mongolia, about 1.5 km from Ejina Populus Euphratica Forest, 10 km (15 minutes’ drive) from Ejina Railway Station, 14 km (17 minutes’ drive) from Ejina Taolai Airport
The good service, friendly staff, favorable location and clean and comfortable rooms have earned Taolai Holiday Hotel many good reviews. It is close to the Populus Euphratica Forest and you can appreciate the beautiful scenery both in the daytime and at night. The hotel is elegantly designed with good environment, so it will be nice to take a walk around in leisure time.
Address: Junmin East Road, Dailaihob, Ejin Banner, Inner Mongolia, about 1.5 km from Ejina Populus Euphratica Forest, 10 km (15 minutes’ drive) from Ejina Railway Station, 13 km (17 minutes’ drive) from Ejina Taolai Airport.
Liya Business Hotel is next to Huyanglin Park and across the park is Ejina Populus Euphratica Forest. You can even see the forest from some rooms in the hotel. Besides, it is surrounded by many restaurants and shops, very convenient for sightseeing or just hanging around. It provides 24-hour hot water, air-conditioner, wifi, LCD TV, etc. It is a good choice for a comfortable stay in Ejin Banner.
In peak season, there are way more tourists in EJina than the hotels can accommodate and the homestay is also a good choice. The homestays are usually run by local people. They are not like standard hotel rooms but more like a home. Besides, the owners are friendly and treat the guests like family, so living in a homestay is like you are coming back home, but the price is usually a little high (usually more than CNY 1000 a night for a room in peak season). You have many choices in Dalaihob Town such as Jinhuyang Family Homestay (金胡杨家庭民宿), Youyijia Homestay (有一家民宿), Yunshuijian Homestay (云水间民宿), Jinhui Homestay (金辉民宿), etc.
Camping is NOT ALLOWED in Ejina Populus Euphratica Forest. Outside the scenic area, there might be some camping sites, even if there are, it is not recommended for your own safety because it is windy and cold at night and the accommodation condition is poor. It is more recommended to find a relatively comfortable hotel or homestay in Dalaihob Town.
Container hotel, or Container Town (七彩集装箱小镇), in the Eighth Bridge is probably your only choice if you want to live in Ejina Populus Euphratica Forest. It covers an area of 600 m² consisting of 30 containers which are divided into bedrooms, restrooms, lounge and equipped with simple furniture such as bed, chairs, sofa and some electrical appliance. Many tourists choose to stay a night there out of curiosity and its advantageous location. But it also needs to be noticed that because it is in the desert, the accommodation condition may not be very satisfactory.
Juyan Lake (居延海), which is renowned for the beautiful sunrise, and Heicheng Ruoshui Huyang Scenic Area (黑城弱水胡杨风景区), which is mainly composed of Heicheng Ruins, Strange Forest and populus euphratica reflected on Ruoshui River, are another two main attractions in Ejin Banner (Ejina). Both sites are not far from Dalaihob Town. Because they are scarce in accommodation facilities and comfortable hotel can hardly be found there, tourists usually return to Dalaihob Town for accommodation after visiting. Heicheng Ruoshui Huyang Scenic Area is about 22 km, 40 minutes’ drive, Juyan Lake is about 60 km, 1 hour’s drive from Dalaihob Town.
Popular Gateway Cities to Ejin Banner: Jiayuguan, Dunhuang, and Yinchuan
Best Time to Visit Ejin Banner: May to October, especially late September to mid-October
Where to Stay in Ejin Banner: Dalaihob Town
Generally speaking, a classic Ejin Banner tour takes about 4 days, with 2.5 days in total sightseeing. Ejina Populus Euphratica Forest is the premier highlight of Ejin Banner that attracts numerous photographers and natural lovers to admire its special beauty. It is recommended spending 1-2 days enjoying the high density of beautiful tree shapes and colors. Don’t miss Heicheng Ruoshui Huyang Scenic Area as well, where you will explore Heicheng Historic Site, and beautiful populus euphratica trees with refection in the water and peaceful river view. Beisides, visit Strange Forest to appreciate the oddly-shaped withered trees and a memorable sunset. On the last day, get up early and drive to Juyan Lake for the most brilliant sunrise in Ejina.
In addition to Populus Euphratica forests in Ejina, we strongly suggest you extend your trip to nearby destinations for more incredible wild nature views. Badain Jaran Desert with the world's tallest stationar dunes, colorful lake and mysterious echoing sand hills is a must-be-visited place. It is worth spending 2 days savoring its unique splendor.
Besides, many travelers prefer a tour combining the golden Silk Road and Populus Euphratica together. You can spend about 5 days exploring the charm of Zhangye, Jiayuguan and Dunhuang along the Silk Road, and immersing yourself in an almost dizzying agglomeration of desert, grassland, raging river and colossal mountains in one go.
Top 3 Ejin Banner tours chosen by most customers to explore Ejin Banner in the best way. Check the detailed itinerary, or tailor your own trip now with us.
Ejina / Badain Jaran Desert
Zhangye - Jiuquan - Jiayuguan - Dunhuang
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