With a length of 93 kilometers and a maximum width of 41 kilometers, Hulun Lake (呼伦湖), covering an area of 2,339 square kilometers with broad water area, continuous swamps and wetlands, is the largest lake within thousands of miles of northern China. It is the largest lake in Inner Mongolia, the 5th largest lake and the 4th largest fresh water lake in China.
Located in the hinterland of Hulunbuir Grassland, Hulun Lake is being praised as the "Pearl of the Grassland" and the "Kidney of the Grassland", plays an important role in regional ecological environment protection, maintaining the biodiversity of the Hulunbuir Grassland and enriching animal and plant resources. Meanwhile, Hulun Lake is also the main birthplace of many nomadic ethnic groups in the north. Donghu, Xiongnu, Xianbei, Shiwei, Turkic, Khitan, Jurchen, Mongolia and other ethnic groups have multiplied and lived here.
In summer, the climate of Hulun Lake is warm and cool. It is a great place to escape the summer heat. At the turn of spring and summer, taking a boat and cruising on the ocean-like lake, watching birds fly and fish leap, riding horses freely along the lake, tasting the appetizing fish banquet. What a pleasant resort for vacation!
Hulun Lake is a flexible and permeable lake. Since its appearance, the area and territory of Hulun Lake have had unique periodic changes under the influence of natural factors such as crustal movement and climate change. The largest area of Hulun Lake in history is much larger than the area of Hulun Lake today (about 2 times).
The water system of Hulun Lake belongs to the Ergun River system of Heilongjiang Basin. Besides the direct bearing of meteoric precipitation, the water replenishment source of Hulun Lake mainly depends on the recharge of groundwater and surface runoff. The structure of the bottom of Hulun Lake is special, and there are more than 30 springs to supply groundwater. The surface water system of Hulun Lake is composed of 80 rivers, large and small, with a total length of 2374.9 kilometers, and a total drainage area (domestic part) of 37,214 square kilometers. Among them, the Kerulen River and the Ursen River are the main replenishing rivers, and the Xinkai River and the Dharamora River are the main regulating rivers.
There are eight famous sights in Hulun Lake, including Hulun Lake Sunrise(水上日出), Hulun Lake Mirage (湖天蜃楼), The Hitching Post along Hulun River Side (石桩恋马), Jade Beaches and Waves (玉滩淘浪), the Tiger Roaring Stone (虎啸呼伦), the Elephant Mountain and Full Moon (象山望月), Birds Roosting in Reed Marshes (芦荡栖鸟) and listen to the Melody on the Seagull Island (鸥岛听琴).
Hulun Lake covers a large area, and there are many small scenic spots along the lake. The most popular scenic spot for tourists is Hulun Lake Xiaohekou Scenic Spot, which is closest to Manzhouli City (about 40 kilometers away). This spot is suitable for photographing the sunrise and sunset over Hulun Lake. Visitors can rent and wear Mongolian costumes, gallop on horses, ride a Bactrian camel or roam in a primitive LeLeChe. You can also paddle a boat in Hulun Lake and try fishing, watch horse-racing, Mongolian wrestling and Wulan Herd Ride Performances, etc. There is nothing more poetic than attending a prairie bonfire party, where visitors can sing and dance to their heart's content. You can also buy a variety of tourist souvenirs with ethnic characteristics in the small shops along the lake.
Besides the Xiaohekou Scenic Spot, there are also several small scenic spots along the Hulun Lake that are recommended for free travelers (independent/tailor-made/self-driving tour), such as Shuanmazhuang (拴马桩), Niaogang (鸟岗) and Wulanpao (乌兰泡), etc.
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Hulun Lake belongs to the continental grassland climate in the middle temperate zone and is located in the middle and high latitude temperate semi-arid region. Winter is long and cold from mid-October to next year early-May (about 210 days), spring is dry and windy from May to June (about 50 days), summer is warm and cool but short (only around 40 days from late-June to early-August), temperature drops sharply in autumn and frost comes early (from mid-August to early-October). Sunshine is abundant throughout the year.
Summer is the best time to visit Hulun Lake. With moderate temperature and fine weather, visitors may take a boat, cruise on the lake, wander along the lake shores, enjoying the stunning sunrise and sunset of the ocean-wide lake, standing on a rock and feeling the wind breath on your face...
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The Hulun Lake is located in the west of Hulunbuir Grassland among New Barag Right Banner, New Barag Left Banner and Jalainur of Manzhouli City, Hulunbuir. The tourist center on the north bank of Hulun Lake is about 40 km (1 hour by car) away from Manzhouli city, about 20 km (30 minutes by car) away from Jalainur District, and about 190 km (2.5 hours by car) away from Hulunbuir city center - Hailar District.As the largest lake in Inner Mongolia, Hulun Lake has become one of the must-visit scenic spots for people who travel to Hulunbuir. Tourists are recommended to transfer to Hulun Lake from Hulunbuir city (Hailar District) and Manzhouli city. There is no direct train or bus that can take you to Hulun Lake. Therefore, the most convenient way to get there is by taking a private car (private tour package with car services included).
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Generally, first-time visitors to Hulunbuir will choose to visit Hulun Lake and Hulunbuir Grassland, and then because Hulun Lake and Manzhouli city are also close to each other (only about 40 km away), tourists usually visit these 3 highlights of Hulunbuir together...
Hulunbuir Grassland is the most abundant grassland pasture in China. Because there is almost no pollution in the grassland, it is also called "the purest grassland". Nourished by thousands of rivers and rivers, you can ride horses and camels in Hulunbuir Grassland, watch Mongolia wrestling, horse racing and Wulan Horse Riding performances, and eat the "Feast of Whole Lamb", etc. In the evening, the hedge fire party will also give you a chance to fully enjoy the unique customs of nomads.
Manzhouli (满洲里市) is the largest land port city in China with a history of a hundred years, being praised as the "window of Asia". Located at the traffic hub of the first continental bridge in Asia and Europe, Manzhouli is endowed with unique tourism resources and infinite charm. The Russian Matryoshka Square is full of exotic customs; The National Gate is solemn and serene; Jalainur culture, inheriting ancient civilization, has a long history; The blending of Chinese and western urban style has its own peculiar enchantment...
Visitors usually spend 4~5 days on a Hulunbuir Grassland Tour, including 2~3 days on the grassland and 2 days more to the surrounding wetlands, forests and Russian Towns.
During the days on the grassland, they will visit the highlights like Morigele River, Heishantou and the tribes. A classic 5 Days Hulunbuir Tour also includes a half-day visit to Eerguna Wetland, the No.1 Wetland in Asia located on the way from Morigele River to Heishantou Town.
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Apart from the classic route, there are also a South Route and a North Route. The north visiting route takes you to explore the forests and Russian Towns, like Shiwei Russian Town and Moerdaoga Forest Park. And the south visiting route takes you to explore the lakes and national parks, like Arxan Mountain, etc. The south route and north route needs 5~8 days to fulfill in separate.
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