Huitengxile Grassland means “cold plateau” in Mongolian, with an average altitude over 1800 meters. Huitengxile Grassland is a typical and rare mountain meadow steppe in the world with 18 precious grass species. There are 99 natural lakes dotted on the Huitengxile, making this grassland both vigorous and elegant. With complex geology and overlapping peaks, Huitengxile is also called “Grand Qingshan Geological Museum”.
Every year from May to September, the whole grassland is like a beautiful painting - flowers blossom everywhere, breeze blowing, cattle and sheep grazing freely, herdsmen singing merrily…Compared with Xilamuren and Gegentala Grassland, Huitengxile Grassland is more natural and less crowded which is worth your visit exploring Mongolian culture and traditions.
Huitengxile Grassland is located in south central of Chahar Right Middle Banner, Ulanqab, about 135 kilometers from Hohhot and 430 kilometers from Beijing.
There is no direct bus to Huitengxile Grassland and travelers should take bus from Hohhot Bus Station to Chahar Right Midlle Banner first and then take local minibus to Huitengxile Grassland. For the inconvenient transportation, China Discovery suggests you use our private service with your own car, driver and tour guide to visit Huitengxile Grassland. It needs 3 hours’ drive from Hohhot to Huitengxile.
Besides the vast and fertile grassland and 99 lakes, there are many historical relics to explore, like great wall ruins of the Warring States Period and Qin Dynasty, Woyang City Ruins in Han Dynasty; stone pavilion built when the first emperor of Northern Wei saw the 99 lakes; Dianjiang platform, armory, watchtowers, fort left in past wars. Moreover, Aobao and Mongolian yurts, wind power plants are situated here.
There are 99 natural lakes like mirrors situated on this grassland. Actually, there are more than 99 ones and some have vivid names, like Stone Gate Lake, Swan Goose Lake, Horsetail Lake, Little Green Lake, etc. Different kinds of flowers are blossom around the lakes, making it very beautiful and elegant.
There is a winding valley called Yellow Flower Valley located in the west side of Huitengxile Grassland. The valley is about 10 kilometers long and 300 meters deep and 100~200 meters wide, with unique geology and beautiful landscape. Stepping into the valley, travelers can see steep cliff, overlapping peaks, absurd stones, green trees and fresh grass, clear springs. You won’t miss the highlighted sites, like Double Hump Peak, Sword Gate Peak, One-Mirror Sky, The Goddess Cave, Shencong Peak, Three-step Waterfall, etc.
Wind power plant is the symbol on Huitengxile Grassland with over one thousand wind power car. Since Huitengxile is at a high altitude and windy spot, the wind power resource is abundant. It is the largest wind power plant in Asia. Travelers can have a walk getting close to the wind power car and take some great pictures with them.
The Naadam Festival is the biggest festival for Mongolians which is held from 4th of June by lunar calendar and lasts for 5 days. Naadam in Mongolian means “games” and the most famous games are “Three Games of Men” – Mongolian wrestling, horse racing and archery. Actually, travelers can watch the Three Games of Men in normal days and it is particularly fascinating during Naadam Festival. If you are interested, travelers can have a try to join in the match.
When you throw yourselves on Huitengxile grassland, there are a range of cultural purists and interesting activities waiting for you to experience. (a) When you first get off Huitengxile Grassland, you’ll experience traditional welcome ceremony - the hospitable Mongolians who are colorfully dressed would wait for you at the entrance gate by presenting you Haha and a silver cup of wine. (b) Taste some local favorites such as mutton, kumiss and other traditional cuisines at lunch or dinner. (c) Ride horse freely on the vast grassland and if you like, visit herdsmen’s home and have a look at the local Mongolians real living conditions and experience their authentic life. (d) You won’t miss the chance to watch the traditional Mongolian activities like archery, horse racing and Mongolian-style-wrestling performances. (e) When the sun goes down, catch the precious moment to enjoy the sunset and sunglow disappear from the horizon of Huitengxile grassland. You’ll get different feeling to see the sun falling down from the vast grassland. (f) At night, stay in traditional Mongolian yurts which is comfortable enough to accommodate. Join in the Bonfire party to sing and dance with enthusiastic Mongolians. (g) Try to get up early and get out your yurts to watch the beautiful sunrise over Grassland and see everything turning bright on the vast land.
The best time to visit Huitengxile Grassland is in summer and autumn, especially from June to September. During this period, the grass is green everywhere, flowers are blossom around the emerald lakes and the Naadam Festival is held in late July and early August.
The altitude of Huitengxile is around 1800 meters to 2100 meters. The ultraviolet is strong and travelers should take sun cream, sun hat and sun glasses to protect yourselves. The temperature of Huitangxile is about 5 ℃~10 ℃ lower than Hohhot and weather changes frequently and travelers should take light jacket, umbrella or raincoat.
Since Huitengxile Grassland is situated at a relatively high altitude and it may be closed during winter time (around early December to the end of February of next year) for the cold weather. If you plan your Inner Mongolia grassland tour during this period, you’d better ask detailed information from our professional travel consultants and they will give you useful suggestions and arrange the tour for you.
In the traditional welcome ceremony, the local Mongolians will present a silver cup of wine. Travelers should take the wine with two hands and sip a little to show your respect towards the Mongolians.
The traditional Mongolian yurts is your choice to stay your night on Huitengxile grassland. Travelers can get a different kind of experience as local Mongolians. Usually, the yurts are divided into Standard Yurt and Luxury Yurt. The living conditions can fulfill your basic needs and requirements.
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