Winter is another special and beautiful season to visit Inner Mongolia. The snowy white world is not a silent one, but a joyous wonderful playground for travelers to soak in its unique beautiful nature and entertainment culture. Those dense forests, geopark, ski resorts, grasslands and so on will be your home field for a winter trip to Inner Mongolia!
Inner Mongolia has a long winter, which usually starts in November and ends in February and even March based on different regions. Winter there is extremely cold, windy and dry, with quite a few rainfall and some snowfall. Thus, you can play greatly in the snow wonderland, especially those ski resorts with various sports on ice and snow and the primitive forests for trekking challenge and winter photography like rime. But, it is not suitable to visit the desert areas. Temperature usually drops below zero, so you need to dress very warmly. The average temperature is about -12°C ~ -7°C in Hohhot, Baotou and Ordos, -26°C ~ -25°C in Hulunbuir, and -3°C ~ -12°C in Ejina Banner, -6°C ~ 6°C in Chifeng, etc.
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Get a Physical Release with Hot Spring: Arxan Mountain and Reshuitang in Hexigten are top popular to get a great release in the steamy hot spring.
Enjoy the Winter Naadam Festival: the well-known and grand Naadam Festival is also held in winter, mainly in December. Go to the snow-covered wild grassland to see the traditional skills and artistic talents of Mongolian boys and girls dressed up and watch their exciting horse racing, camel racing, horse lassoing and lots of singing and dancing performances.
Visit the Historical Dazhao Temple: go to the famous Dazhao Temple in Hohhot to join the jubilant temple fair during Chinese Lunar New Year period, when you can see various interesting activities and entertainment with locals, such as Buddha Thangka Exhibition, etc.
Admire Alluring Snow Scenery in the Forest: the boundless forest of the Greater Khingan is fully capped by the silver and white snow, which looks like an unreal fairytale world for photography. Prepare your camera to record the crystal and shining rime on the branches in the sunshine. Arxan, Mordaoga, etc. are better for dense forest. And Wulan Butong Grassland, Asihatu Stone Forest, etc. are also charming with distinct view.
Play while Skiing: put your ski suit to immerse into the fun and joy of skiing in the snow wonderland and show your talent with your friends and family on the professional resorts in Arxan Mountain, Chifeng, etc.
Join in the Ice and Snow Festival: Go to Manzhouli to appreciate various sculptures of snow and ice and the colorful dreamy world ignited by ice lanterns with rich exotic Russian flavor. Also Arxan Mountain Ice and Snow Festival also takes you to admire the artistic sculptures and offers you more fun with multiple activities and sports on the white snow.
Look at Volcanoes with Snow: travel to the quite Wulan Hada Volcano group to have a fresh look at those remote volcanoes with various outlook covered by white snow.
|Top Inner Mongolia Places to Go in Winter||Hulunbuir, Arxan, Hohhot, Ordos, Baotou, Ulanqab, Chifeng, Badain Jaran Desert, etc.|
What to Wear: Winter clothes like sweaters, down jackets, thermal clothes, trousers, wool socks, comfortable hiking / walking shoes, boots, wool hats, scarves, sunglasses, etc.
What to Pack: Necessities like sunblock, umbrella, etc.
Places to Visit in Inner Mongolia: Hohhot, Hulunbuir, Ordos, Baotou, Ulanqab, Badan Jaran, Ejina, Xilingol, Chifeng…
How to Get to Inner Mongolia: International and domestic flights to Hohhot, Hulunbuir…; Domestic flights to Xilingol, Chifeng…;High Speed Train to Hohhot, Ulanqab, Baotou, Ordos, Chifeng…; Drive to Badan Jaran, Ejina…
Best Time to Visit: April to October (especially from June to September for grasslands, June to October for deserts)
Inner Mongolia is so large and abundant with diverse distinct natural and cultural highlights, therefore, you can hardly discover all the bests in one single visit. It would take 3 days to more than 1 month for various needs. And your itinerary can be decided based on your trip length, interests and a major area of this vast destination.
A classic Inner Mongolia tour usually starts from Hohhot, the capital of Inner Mongolia and most convenient traffic hub. Planning 3 days is popular for an essential discovery of Hohhot city highlights with surrounding grassland like Huitengxile or Xilamuren. 1-2 days extension to Kubuqi Desert in Ordos is also frequently chosen. And a 5-6 days trip including Hohhot, nearby grassland, Ulanqab volcanoes, Baotou and Ordos are the favorite one among travelers to discover grassland, desert, historical culture of Genghis Khan, Tibetan Buddhism, etc. in Inner Mongolia.
☛ 6 Days Inner Mongolia Bests Discovery Tour (Hohhot / Ulanqab / Huitengxile Grassland / Baotou / Kubuqi Desert / Ordos)
If you are interested in the most beautiful grassland, arrange 4-5 days to Hulunbuir to catch Hulunbuir Grassland and all the fabulous primitive nature and in-depth nomadic tribe culture highlights in Hailar, Ergun, Genhe and Manzhouli. If you have more time, add 2 more days to Arxan National Forest Park.
A middle and east Inner Mongolia discovery to Hohhot, Baotou, Ordos and Hulunbuir usually takes about 6-8 days, which helps you savor the top representative prairie sightseeing and culture of Inner Mongolia.
The west Inner Mongolia is favored for seeking wilder sightseeing and adventure. If you want to discover China’s most beautiful desert, a 2-4 days Badain Jaran Desert trip to the west Inner Mongolia is your best choice to go! Besides, the splendid Ejina Populus Euphratica Forest is quite hot for a 2-3 days’ photography tour in autumn. If you want a longer vacation, plan as many other visitors to discover Badain Jaran together with nearby hot and convenient destinations like Xining, Zhangye, Dunhuang, Jiayuguan, etc. It usually needs 7 days for a Xining Zhangye Badain Jaran Desert trip.
Besides, it is also a great idea to extend to more popular destinations in China to appreciate more wonderful nature, culture, history and food of this vast country, such as Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Chengdu, Xinjiang, Gansu, Tibet, Yangtze River, Yunnan, Guilin, Zhangjiajie, Huangshan, etc.
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