Xilamuren, which means "Yellow River" in Mongolia, is also known as Zhaohe because of an old Lama Temple called Puhui Temple situated along the Xilamuren riverside. It is the closest grassland near Hohhot, which takes only 1 hour by car. Besides, it is one of the most popular grasslands for travelers from home and abroad, because it has the best facilities like the traditional Mongolian yurts.
Paying a visit to Xilamuren Grassland, travelers will gain numerous memorable experiences - enjoy traditional welcome ceremony, taste kumiss and local Mongolian food, watch Three Games of Men "Horse Racing", "Wrestling" and "Archery" and even try to do horsing riding to herdsmen's home or Aobao, seize the moment to watch sunset and sunrise and accommodate in the traditional Mongolian yurts…
Xilamuren boasts vast natural grasslands. Every summer and autumn, green grass and a blanket of multi-colored wildflowers are everywhere there, making it one of the best places to get close to nature. Pearl white yurts are dotted throughout the jade-hued grasslands. The endless field also abounds in horses, sheep, castles and goats! What a dreaming view!
On the bank of Xilamuren River (Zhao River), there is a Lama Temple called "Puhui Temple". First built in the year of 1769 in Qing Dynasty, Puhui Temple was the summer palace of Xilituzhao Buddha. The building complex is similar with Tashihunpo Monastery in Tibet, the home of Panchen. Paying a visit to Puhui Temple, travelers can see plaque inscribed in four different language – Manchu, Mongolian, Han and Tibetan; visit main halls like Daxiong Hall and Hall of Four Heavenly Kings; view elegant craft of the grand buildings, etc.
Aobao is the Mongolian stone piles or heaps for worship. Local people always sacrifice the best corn, meet, fruit and alcohol to Aobao and pray for good weather, good harvest and good fortune. The sacrificial activity can be on a small-scale or a grand ceremony. Among all the Aobaos in Xilamuren Grassland, Hongge'er Aobao is the largest one. Every year, local Mongolian come to this Aoao for praying and worshiping. At the end of the Aobao Festival, the traditional Naadam Festival begins.
Xilamuren Saihan Jiya Tourist Spot is the place to experience Mongolian culture and traditions. Travelers could enjoy a range of cultural pursuits and interesting activities.
When you first get off Xilamuren 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.
Taste some local favorites such as mutton, kumiss and other traditional cuisines at lunch or dinner.
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.
You won't miss the chance to watch the traditional Mongolian activities like archery, horse racing and Mongolian-style-wrestling performances.
When the sun goes down, catch the precious moment to enjoy the sunset and sunglow disappear from the horizon of Xilamuren grassland. You'll get different feeling to see the sun falling down from the vast grassland.
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.
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.
Naadam Festival means games and entertainment in Mongolian. In 2010, the Naadam was inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity of UNESCO.
This traditional festival is held in July and August of every year. During the festival, the whole grassland is throbbing with excitement and full of activities. Enjoy Three Skills of Men - archery, horse racing and wrestling. You can even take part in some of the competitions if interested; perhaps a big surprise is waiting for you! The fair finishes with a bonfire party during the night when the local Mongolian sing and dance.
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The best time to visit Xilamuren Grassland is from June to September when the grassland is green or yellow, weather is comfortable with an average temperature of 18℃-21℃ and Naadam Festival is held annually. Spring is full of vitality. Tender shoots are the themes of this season. Summer is for the green scenery with beautiful flowers and the grand Naadam Festival. The verdant green changes to golden yellow carpet in autumn. Winter is cold, and the grassland is asleep. However, it is the most budget season.
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Xilamuren Grassland is located in Xilamuren Town, Damao Banner, Baotou City. It is about 93 kilometers & 1.5~2 hours from Hohhot and 192 kilometers & 3 hours from Baotou City by car.
The recommended specialties include Kumiss, Mongolian Roast Lamb, Cooked Mutton, Mongolia Milk Tea, Finger Mutton, Butter, Sour Milk, Shaomai, Buckwheat Flour etc.
Xilamuren Grassland is at an altitude of 1700 meters with strong ultraviolet and changeable weather. Travelers should pack sunhat, sunglasses, sun cream and light jacket and umbrella, etc.
Riding a horse freely could be relaxing and memorable experience. But, you should follow some rules and ensure your own safety. 1. Wear casual cloth and comfortable shoes; 2. When get on/off the horse, don't touch their crupper; 3. Don't follow other horses closely and stay in a safe distance; 4. The grassland is vast and follow the route to do horse riding; 5. When the horse is out of control, please catch and tense the rein and yell "Yu, Yu, Yu…".
Best Time to Visit Hohhot: May ~ October, especially in June, July, August and September…
How to Get There: Flights from Beijing (1.5h), Shanghai (2.5h), Harbin (4.5h), Guangzhou (3.5h), etc. and bullet train from Beijing (2.5~3h), Datong (2.5h), etc.
Usually, visitors spend 2~3 days to visit Hohhot, including one day to explore the highlights in the city, like Dazhao Temple and Inner Mongolia Museum, and 1~2 days to have fun at the nearby grasslands, like Huitengxile Grassland or Xilamuren Grassland.
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