9 Days Inner Mongolia Tour from Grassland to Desert

Hohhot, Xilamuren Grassland, Baotou, Kubuqi Desert, Bayan Nur, Ejina Banner

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Tour Code: TCT-Inner Mongolia-04

Tour Type: Private Tour

Tour Highlights:

Visit Inner Mongolia, which has something to do with the vast grassland and herds of cattle and sheep

Appreciation the magical landform changing from grassland to desert

 Enjoy the stunning view of populus euphratica forest in autumn

 Track the history of Silk Road and pay a visit to the historic ruins
 

Price from $ 1438

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Day 1Arrival Hohhot
Transfer to hotel

Meals: No Meals
Recommended Hotel: Mercure Hotel ★★★★

Arrive in Hohhot, the capital city of Inner Mongolia, you will be met at the airport by tour guide and transferred to your comfortable hotel. Free at leisure for the rest of the day.

Day 2Hohhot
Zhaojun Tomb, Inner Mongolia Museum, Dazhao Temple

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Recommended Hotel: Mercure Hotel ★★★★

After breakfast, your tour guide will meet you at hotel. Enjoy the city tour in Hohhot with Zhaojun Tomb which is one of the biggest tombs of Han Dynasty. It is said to be the resting place of the famous historic princess Wang Zhaojun whose husband was a Xiongnu Chanyu, The Emperor. And the Inner Mongolia Museum. With a total area of 15,000 square meters, the exhibition area is about 7, 000 square meters, boasting a good selection of Mongolian items and a historical lineage of this vast grassland.

After lunch, continue the visit to Dazhao Temple. Built in 1580, it is the first Lamaism Temple in Hohhot. And originally set the silver Buddha figure of Sakyamuni, the lamasery was called silver Buddha figure temple in the ancient time. 

At night, enjoy your free leisure evening to explore the city.

Zhaojun Temple
Zhaojun Temple

Day 3Hohhot - Xilamuren Grassland
Xilamuren Grassland, Honggeer Aobao

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch & Dinner
Recommended Hotel: Mongolian-style Tent

Depart from your hotel in the morning, you will take about 1.5 hours driving to Xilamuren Grassland which is one of the must-see attractions in Inner Mongolia. Arrive at Xilamuren and you will have a local welcome ceremony - Xiamajiu which would show you the enthusiasm from local people. Then, you are free to wander on the grassland or ride a horse (expense on your own).

In the afternoon, visit to Honggeer Aobao where you will see the ethnic performance and join in the activities of local custom. And you will watch the famous show - Legend of Monan.

At night, you will attend the Mongolian banquet for dinner and wear the Mongolian style dress, which allows you experience to be a Mongolian nobleman.

you will stay in a Mongolian-style tent for overnight. Far away from the light pollution, you will have chance to see the stars shinning in the night sky.

Xilamuren Grassland
Xilamuren Grassland

Day 4Xilamuren Grassland - Baotou - Kubuqi Desert
Wudang Lamasery, Drive to Kubuqi Desert

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch & Dinner
Recommended Hotel: Desert Hotel ★★★

You could get up early to catch the stunning sunrise on grassland. After breakfast, drive for 2.5 hours to Baotou and visit to Wudang Lamasery. Along with the Potala Palace in Tibet, Taer Lamasery in Qinghai province and Labrang Temple in Gansu Province, Wudang Lamasery is one of the four famous Temples of Tibetan Buddhism in China and the largest one in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.

After lunch, you will drive for 2.5 hours into the deep area of Kubuqi Desert along the famous Desert-crossing Highway. On the way, you would see the magical view changing from grassland to desert, and the color of landform changes from green to yellow. Wandering on the desert and you could try the adventure activities - sand skiing, strop, landover crossing the desert (all the activities on the desert is on your own expense). Stay overnight at the Desert Hotel.

Kubuqi Desert
Kubuqi Desert

Day 5Kubuqi Desert - Bayan Nur
Drive to Bayan Nur, Wuliangsuhai Lake

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch & Dinner
Recommended Hotel: Shuhe Hotel ★★★

You could get up early to catch the sunrise view if you were interested. After breakfast, enjoy your free leisure morning.

At noon, check out and drive for 1.5 hours and cross the Yellow River, you will get to Wuliangsuhai Lake Scenic Area. As the Oxbow Lake formed by the diversion of the Yellow River, it is a large grassland lake which is rarely seen in desert and semi-desert regions in the world. The rippling lake and picturesque reeds marshes will please your eyes. You will take the small boat and get closed to the lake.

After the trip, drive for 2 hours to Bayan Nur and stay overnight there.

Wuliangsuhai Lake Scenic Area
Wuliangsuhai Lake Scenic Area

Day 6Bayan Nur - Ejina Banner
Drive to jina Banner

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch & Dinner
Recommended Hotel: Tai Hao International Hotel ★★★

After breakfast, please check out. Today, you will spend a long journey around 7 hours to Ejina Banner. On the way, you will visit to Fantasy Canyon where is famous for its peculiar landscape. Arrive at Ejina Banner in the late afternoon and stay overnight.

Ejina Banner
Ejina Banner

Day 7Ejina Banner
Ejina Populus Euphratica Forest National Nature Reserve,

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch & Dinner
Recommended Hotel: Tai Hao International Hotel ★★★

Today, enjoy your full day exploration to Ejina Populus Euphratica Forest National Nature Reserve, the motherland of Populus Euphratica. Here, you could see the golden sea of populus euphratica forest and the boundless desert. There are different views of Populus Euphratica forest in the eight parts of reserve, making it a paradise for the photographers. After the tour, drive back to hotel for overnight stay.

Ejina Populus Euphratica
Ejina Populus Euphratica

Day 8Ejina Banner
Juyanhai Lake, Heicheng Historic Site

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch & Dinner
Recommended Hotel: Tai Hao International Hotel ★★★

The second day in Ejina would include the visit to Juyanhai Lake firstly. Under the clear blue sky, the gulls are often seen foraging in the vast reeds, which shows the harmonious beauty of nature. Standing in the oasis of desert makes you have an illusion of being in the Watertown of southeastern China. Juyanhai is a good place to shoot the sunrise if you could get up early enough.

In the afternoon, you will visit to Heicheng Historic Site, the most complete and largest ancient city along the ancient Silk Road. Entering the site, you will not only see the Heicheng Historic Site, but will also see the odd woods - the tomb of Populus Euphratica, Red Town Historic Site, and Datong Town Historic Site. After the picturesque the view of sunset, you will be transferred back to hotel.

Heicheng Historica Site
Heicheng Historica Site

Day 9Departure Ejina Banner
Transfer to airport

Meals: Breakfast

At the specific time, your guide and driver will meet you at hotel and help you transfer to airport for the flight to next destination.

Service ends

Tour Price (US$ per person)

Notice:
Due to the uncertainties of this tour, such as special local conditions , the changes of accommodation rate, etc, the tour has to be tailor-made and its price is on request. Please tell us in advance your group information inclusive of departure date, number of pax, and other individual needs, which will be helpful to work out a fit program and the right price.

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5.0

hahnss

5.0

During the last week in April and the beginning of May 2017, my wife and I toured southwestern parts of China - Guilin, Yangshuo, Xian, Zhangjiajie and Shanghai- in 8 days, starting from Hong Kong. The online booking process with Top China Travel ("TCT") went smoothly with a very knowledgeable and responsive (via e-mails) TCT sales representative, named Janet ("Dan Dan") Chan. It was a private tour with English-speaking guides in private vehicles and via air travels between cities (thus, a bit pricey). The guides all spoke excellent English and drivers were very helpful and courteous. The hotels and China domestic flights, arranged by TCT, were generally very good to excellent. The scenery in Guilin/Yanshuo and Zhangjiajie were breathtaking, although these popular tour destinations were very crowded, as expected. The foods were not as impressive as we expected, sometimes hampered by the language barrier in local Chinese restaurants. All in all, we enjoyed our trip very much, and can recommend TCT to our friends. Steve H.
Hartmut M

5.0

I wanted to visit Tibet, and based on the very positive reviews for this company, I booked with them and was not disappointed.
Our contact was Janet, and she was great both in preparing the trip (including answering immediately to our questions, even when it was midnight in China) and in making sure everything worked out smoothly (including checking at 5:00 am that we indeed got our transport to the airport).
In Tibet, we took the "5 days Lhasa & Yamdrok Lake" tour. On the way to Tibet I had a stopover in Beijing, and took the opportunity to do two days of sightseeing. I asked Janet for recommendations, and she suggested the day tours "Hiking on Jinshanling Great Wall" and "Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Summer Palace, The Temple of Heaven".
I think these tours were indeed the highlights of both Beijing and Tibet for us, and if I would go to Tibet again (e.g. with my wife and son, who could not come with us this time) I would book the same tours.
I usually prefer to organise my travels myself, but it seemed the only realistic possibility to get a Tibet travel permit is to book with an approved travel agency. In general, when booking with an agency, you pay slightly more and have fewer options, but on the other hand, it saves a lot of preparation time and is a lot safer if you don't know much about the country you travel to.

In Beijing, the expertise of the travel agency got our group on the Great Wall at a spot where almost no other tourists were - this spot was (almost) inaccessible due to a construction zone. On my own, I certainly would not have discovered this possibility. The other tour let us see the highlights of Beijing in one efficient and cheap bus tour, but on the other hand, it included a bit of (I guess) sponsored stops at a "Traditional Chinese Medicine" institute and a pearl factory. I would rather have paid a bit more and skipped these promotions, but they were short, and I just relaxed with a drink in the air-conditioned cafeteria. (During the preparation, Janet told me about the "shopping" that was included, and the "Jinshanling Great Wall" tour without shopping, but for the "Forbidden City" tour there was no alternative without shopping.)

In Tibet, the first day was for acclimatisation to the thin air, and indeed I was out of breath from just climbing the stairs to our hotel room. But after basically sleeping the first day, I was OK the next days, and for me the visits to the monasteries and the Potala Palace were absolutely amazing. Individual photos cannot convey the atmosphere of these large buildings with thousands of small and large rooms full of statues, pictures, scriptures, every square inch decorated, and everything with ancient traditions, but still in use today. This was the main reason I wanted to visit Tibet, and I was not disappointed. My daughter also enjoyed the mountain tour a lot, although to me it seemed surprisingly similar to the Alps (we live in Switzerland), just 4000 meters higher, and with cows replaced by yaks :-)
The only little inconvenience was the transport from and to the airport, which is about 50km from Lhasa. When we arrived, the driver was not there yet (it turned out his previous clients, who needed to go to the airport, had been late), and after he arrived, we still had to wait for some hour for the next clients to arrive at the airport (their plane was delayed). Well, that is what you get with cheap transport (included in the package). The opposite thing happened on the way back - the transport that would have been included in the package did not go early enough for the plane that was booked for us, so we had to pay 400 Yuan extra for private transport. But then this was super efficient, picking us up exactly at the promised time and bringing us to the airport at the right time to check in.

Summary: Amazing destination, very well organised tours, would book again with them!
Rich H

5.0

I come from Poland and I visited China with a 60 pax group to China last month. Janet was in charge of all the arrangement of our group in China. She stayed with our group throughout our stay and she was with us to Beijing, Xian and Shanghai. She was very helpful and all the arrangement was very well and especially in emergency situations - someone got lost, missing luggage The entire stay in China was wonderfull. I hope it shortly to come back here with my family :-) I am pleased to recommend to everyone Top China Travel and Janet’s service . Rich55
bessybray

5.0

Rebecca Wei of Top China Travel (TCT) did a fantastic job in arranging our six-city group tour to China. She flawlessly planned from beginning to end our entire tour itinerary, meet-and-greet at airport, hotel accommodations, meals, transportation, air conditioning coach with driver and guide at each city. Everything ran like clock work. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit at each city and felt at ease because we knew that Rebecca had already made all the arrangements for us. The visit to the tea plantation and the tea processing was interesting and educational. The river cruise in Guilin was mesmerizing. Several members of our group said they will contact Rebecca again to arrange for their next vacation to China.
Neumannafn

5.0

We took a Li river tour into the mountains on our only day off. All I can say is do not miss this opportunity. The views are spectacular and you will even go past the scene on the back of the 20 yuan bill. Amazing!
Amanrey

5.0

Even though the boarding process might be a bit of a hassle, the tour is totally worth it: amazing landscape and unspoilt nature. One sees locals fishing, big birds, daily river life. The one hour trips on the river don’t do this fantastic amd unique lime stone scenery justice, the 4 hour cruise is very recommendable if you want to see this Guilin highlight! The boats are very comfortable, one can order Chinese food. With children it is recommendable to bring hats, sunscreen, snacks ( in case they don’t like the Chinese meal offered), binoculars and cards.
lucian1939

5.0

Wonderful time in Beijing Cian and Shanghai for a ten day period. Covered the Great Wall in Beijing, Terracotta Warriors in Cian and the Bund in Shanghai. Also visited the Silk Factory, Muslim Street, French area and a Cultural Show (which was great and should not be missed) and also a Private Garden. The Tour Guides and Drivers went to great lengths to make us visit as memorable as possible and attending to us round the clock.
Amar P

5.0

We used Top China Travel for a 6 day Beijing City Tour and Badaling Great Wall Tour and we must say we were very impressed! Our tour guide Tina was very fluent in English and did a very good job of explaining the significance behind the various historical sites and attractions. As a vegetarian family, they were able to arrange a vegetarian lunch on both days for us. The only issue we had was that they only provided us two hours on the Great Wall which we realized was not adequate enough, given the huge crowd that visits the Badaling section of the wall. Apart from that, we would definitely recommend Top China Travel to anyone visiting China!
angelalee79

5.0

My husband and I just returned from a vacation to China. We visited Beijing, Xian, Guilin, Yangtze and Shanghai through Top China Travel (TCT). Yocky from TCT was our travel agent. She was excellent and prompt in answering our questions and help us tremendously in getting our visas. We were pleasantly surprised when she was there along with Lizzie our tour guide to greet us at Guilin airport. We really enjoyed her and Lizzie's company and their in depth knowledge of the city. All the hotels in each of the city we stayed were elegant and meals were delicious with a taste of local flavor. We can't say enough about Yocky and all the tour guides, Jennifer in Beijing, John in Xian, Lizzie in Guilin, & Chris in Shanghai. They were all top notch with their friendly attitudes, professionalism, attention to detail and their passion in the country's culture. We had a great time in China thanks to Top China Travel and their expert tour guides. I would highly recommend anyone interested in planning a vacation in China to use TCT as their agency of choice. Thanks to TCT for a most enjoyable and memorable vacation. AL
lagoplaya3000

5.0

Thanks Top China Travel, Vicky Lu, for coordinating and assisting us in the process of our trip to China and Hong Kong. We enjoyed and learned a lot. The guides, Serena in Beijing, Mason in Xi'an, Meli in Shanghai and Bill in Hong Kong, were very friendly and enthusiastic. Now we have a new vision of China and its people. Thank you again.
Frank T

5.0

The city at night is breathtaking with great shopping, night clubs, and activities. Everywhere was beautiful and colorful. Abundant restaurants. A delightful city to visit.
maity_monalisa

5.0

We were really fortunate to have engaged Top China Travel as our travel organiser . Our entire 10 day trip went through without a hitch. Rebecca had been our correspondent from the very beginning, answering all our queries. Our travel guide at Beijing was Eric , (a most amiable , punctual and enterprising person ) who arranged all our sightseeing tours in the most convenient way. He always tried to satisfy our curiosities regarding the places or Chinese way of living. He never seemed to tire of our endless questions about anything and everything we saw. We visited the summer palace , temple of heaven , Great Wall of China , water cube and bird's nest stadium in our three days stay at Beijing. We learnt about Chinese culture , some ancient stories about the emperor, concubine etc. Also a funny story about the famous dish - Peking roast duck. Seeing the huge area of temple of heaven and summer palace we thought we won't be able to cover it, but thanks to Eric - our guide, it was a smooth and enjoyable tour. We didn't feel exhausted at all. We got enough time at the Great Wall - a wonderful structure, climbed about 1000 steps and come down through the toboggan which was thrilling. We loved the Chinese which our tour guide had planned. All in all it was leisurely and fun. Thanks again for planning such a wonderful trip
Linda S

5.0

The scenes were amazing. The boat was air conditioned, food was mediocre. A four hour tour that didn't disappoint. A short walk to the hotel.
rmunzenmayer

5.0

Just returned from two weeks of travel through China set up by Rebecca at Top China Travel. Absolutely perfect experience. In each city our guides and drivers were the best! Started in Beijing, then Xian, Yangtze River Cruise, Wuhan and Shanghai. In each city a university educated tour guide was waiting for us full of local history and information. Additional evening attractions like Beijing Opera and Tang Dynasty Show were perfect. She set up a cooking lesson for us with a private family in Beijing that was the best. Each and every one of our requests were honored and planned specifically for us. A special trip to Wuhan, off the normal tourist path was delightful. We finished the trip with a visit to Shanghai Disney. So thankful to this organization for the trip of a lifetime.
lmgvp

5.0

We are from Argentina. We have just returned from China where we used TCT services. From the very beginning Janet has been extremely kind and attentive. We have interchanged lots of mails with her, trying to arrange the trip, and she always answered them with the same kindness and responsibility. Our drivers and guides, Liu and Enrique in Beijing, and Angela and her driver in Xi'an have been really WONDERFUL !! Every detail has been perfect. They did every single item they had promised. As it was our wedding anniversary we have been received with flowers and heart chocolates !! Our experience with Top China and especially with Janet, couldn't have been better. For us, their service has been EXCELLENT or even more !!!! Thanks a lot Janet and staff of guides and drivers for making our trip so wonderful !! THANK YOU,THANK YOU, THANK YOU !!!!! Nos fue maravillosamente bien con Top China Travel. Janet super amable y bien predispuesta para ayudarnos a tener un viaje de ensueño. Nos han cumplido con todo lo prometido y aún más. Nuestra experiencia con ellos ha sido excelente. MUCHAS GRACIAS Janet !!
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