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
 

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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 OBO Area

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 OBO Area 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

Dorothy G

5.0

If you want experience the China that the Chinese see, and have it done with care and efficiency, by all means use Top China Travel for courteous on the spot and on time connections for the trip of your life. The staff supplied an English interpreter so that the trip was enjoyed by all English speaking participants. I would not hesitate to recommend this trip at all.
Helen L

5.0

We have just returned from a very satisfying trip to China. One of the highlights was the lovely city of Guilin. We had no idea that this would be such a pleasant spot in which to stroll around and enjoy the bridges and walkways. The temperature was comfortable and we felt at home walking around the park, footbridges, and along the lakes. Helen and Jim from Canada
BigV36

5.0

Rebecca from Top China Travel organized the trip for 4 for 2 weeks. We had a private driver and tour guide in each city. We were met and escorted everywhere from pickup to drop off at train stations or airports. The guides were excellent and generally spoke English well. they were enthusiastic and helpful. We often had them ordering our meals because of language issues. The tour in each city was very good. Unfortunately as someone else has indicated the Oct 1 week is very busy and so you have to time where you go to try to avoid the unbelievable crowds. The travel arrangements whether by train or air were perfect with no hassles or problems. we were always met punctually and there were never any surprises. Meals were excellent in the absolutely amazing hotels which were 5* plus. Getting used to the Chinese food was challenging and so it did take a bit of effort to figure out what our stomachs could handle but we did prefer the local restaurants as opposed to sticking with western food. Our favourite site was Guilin. The landscape and scenery spectacular plus the opportunity to hike and cycle refreshing after the big cities. One must see Shanghai and the warriors but be aware that there are crowds and a lot of traffic so getting anywhere is often longer than expected. Overall I would do the trip again and 2 weeks was certainly a good length of time. The organization and attention to detail was excellent
Bonnygillis

5.0

We used Top China Tour for a recent trip which included Beijing, Xian, and Shanghai. This was a small group with four to six members. Top China travel did an excellent job. The hotels were all in excellent locations and the service was top notch. The tour guides all spoke very good English and knew the history of all the many places we visited. I always felt very comfortable wherever we went. Everything was organized nicely. I highly recommend Top China Travel as they provided us with a very memorable trip!
YANHONG Q

5.0

We are a group of 14 people. We really enjoyed the trip in Guilin which was arranged by TCT Bonnie. Bonnie is very professional and enthusiastic. Guilin is very beautiful place with nice natural scenery. Our trip in Guilin has been unforgettable. We will highly recommend our friends to use TCT for their trip in China.
oja1

5.0

Vicky Lu of TCT was great! She always replied to my emails quickly and fully answered all our questions, which we found really helpful and efficient. She took the time to understand what we liked and wanted to do, and our budget, and designed an amazing 2 week holiday with private tours of 3 fantastic places: Zhangjiajie (absolutely amazing!!!!), Guilin (beautiful and fun) and Xi'an (Terracotta Warriors are an absolute MUST, plus cycling on the Ancient Wall into the evening, and the thrill of Mt Huashan). It was all so easy, no fuss and no wasted time, with friendly English-speaking guides waiting for us on arrival and smoothing the way for hotel check-ins, getting tickets, and entries to the parks and attractions. It was all professional and just right, no rushing us on, no shopping/factory stops, no bus-loads of people to always be waiting on, etc... The TCT tour was professionally organised and was excellent. From chatting with other travellers at brekky and seeing the masses of local and overseas tourists at all the attractions, without our TCT guides we would have spent a HUGE amount of time getting there, getting tickets and lining up for everything, and spending crazy amounts of time communicating through phone translation apps (generally there are very few English speakers). We reckon that with our TCT guides we got AT LEAST twice as much time everywhere we wanted to be, with private drivers taking us straight from place to place with no waiting, the guides getting us in everywhere with minimal delays, and taking us straight to nice nearby restaurants for good lunches (included in the tour price), giving us maximum quality time enjoying ourselves in nice places. So we can totally recommend TCT and Vicky Lu.. great job, reliable, no hassles, and thanks very much for an exceptional China tour Vicky!!
andyanne2017

5.0

We recently returned from a 16 day tour of China. Our holiday was organised by Rebecca Wei who was a pleasure to deal with. We arrived in Beijing and departed from Shanghai. There was lots to organise as we had two internal flights and three train journeys as well as three nights on a boat cruising the Yangtze river. All the arrangments fell into place like clockwork, our guides were excellent, spoke very good english and had a good knowledge of the places we visited. We saw some fantastic sights but some of the highlights for us were The Great Wall, The Yungang Grottoes, The Hanging Temple Datong, The terrracotta warriors and the muslim quarter in Xiang and the cruise on the Yangtze. We travelled in September so the temperatures were around 28C [ fine for us as we live in Durban] it is also a good time as the lines to get enterance to some places were very short. There was a lot of walking involved so comfortable walking shoes are a must as well as a sun hat. We stayed in a couple of "traditional" hotels which we loved and then some very upmarket hotels. The exception was the hotel in Xiang which scored 100% on location but had some very unfriendly staff a poor restaurant as well as putting us in an unrenovated room for the first night. We moved to the renovated floors for the other night which was much better. I should add here that this was a mistake by the hotel not TCT] My one regret is that we should have stayed a night in Wuzhen Water Town but that really was not practical as we had to leave our hotel in Shanghai at 4 in the morning to catch the flight home. We have some wondefull memories so thank you Rebecca and TCT for organizing a really interesting holiday Andrew and Anne B, DurbanSouth Africa
tooshies

5.0

TCT, and our dedicated agent Maggie, performed A+ service in the planning & execution of our 21 day, door to door excursion of China, Tibet and Hong Kong. All drivers and guides excelled in there individual skills, knowledge and were personable. Absolutely no complaints from us and we consider ourselves to be very well traveled to the more exotic spots of the globe. The Gordons, Richmond Hill, ON CANADA.
Maja505

5.0

We chose TCT for an 13day/12 night private guided tour trip through Beijing, Hefei, and Shanghai. Lily helped us plan and finalize the itinerary for our trip via email andwas very accommodating and helpful during the entire process. She also kept in contact with us throughout the trip to make sure that everything went smoothly and to our satisfaction. For the city guides, we had Ms Grace in Beijing, Alvin in Hefei, and Rooney in Shanghai. Each of our guides were helpful and informative and made sure that our needs were met along the way, and all of them were flexible with any last-minute requests or issues that came up. Special mention also for our drivers in Beijing and Shanghai who always made sure that we had water and that we got to our destinations on time regardless of the traffic situation. Our trip overall was very action-packed and we were able to see almost everything planned on our schedule including some last-minute inserted locations which was a plus. We had a great time visiting on our first trip to China, and would recommend TCT for anyone looking to looking to plan their own trip there.
Gin L

5.0

Recently, we joint a group tour organized by TCT. We had a excellent experience for the whole tour including the booking process. Here are some highlights. Tour booking I found TCT from the web with very positive reviews. I decided to book my China tour with them. Now, I am glad that I made right choice. TCT assigned a very experienced tour consultant, Raylene He, to work with me. Due to various reasons, we changed our tour plan a few times including changing starting date, hotels, the tour routes etc. Raylene was very patient to work with me to make sure every planned details were met our needs. She was also very responsive in answer my queries. Our family would like to give her a big THANKS. Hotels Best Location: Beijing, Guilin Very convenient. This allowed us to do more sightseeing by walking in the evening. Hotel room: the best hotel rooms were in Xi’an. They were a very spacious full suites. It was a welcome surprise. Breakfast: most of us like Beijing better. I personally like both Beijing and Xi’an. This is because of the preference of the types of food. Tour guide Tour guide in Beijing stayed with us one day longer so we got to know her better. We felt that she provided very good service. Tour guide in Shanghai was more knowledgeable. He provided different perspectives to various topics. His explanation/opinion made the tour more interesting. In general, all tour guides were very professional and made their best effort to make the tour run smoothly. Because traffic jams are common in China, they constantly discussed routes with drivers to pick the best route and drop off locations. Drivers: Drivers were very cooperative. We had an emergency in Guilin. One of us needed to go to washroom right away. Since it was rush hour and the traffic was very heavy, the bus could not stop anywhere, the Guide and the Driver found a hospital with washroom on the way and dropped us off. We wee appreciate it very much. We also noticed that the drivers were very conscious in helping TCT to save money. For example selecting a parking location in a free of charge location instead of a paid parking lot. Flexible route arrangement We joined a group tour. This group tour went to Beijing, Xi’an, Shanghai, Guilin and Hong Kong as advertised. Our tour group started with four families. After the tour in Xi’an, One family left the group for Guilin and Yangtze River cruise. In Shanghai, the rest of us merged into another group. After Shanghai, a few families in the merged group left the group tour.. We left the group after Guilin. In general, the cost of group tour is lower. TCT allowed customer to pick and choice as you wish to fit customer’s needs. They also recommended group tour where possible to help customer to lower the cost, although this made their tour management a lot more complicated. I would like to say that TCT is an excellent tour operator compare with others. All the little efforts that employees made contributed to TCT’s success. It seems to us that TCT is a well run company. We wish TCT continued success in the future.
diacamand

5.0

With Bonnie in TCT we organized a 12 days private tour, and she was really amazing. She organized more than 5 times our trip!!! She helped us with all duties, questions, everything!! All our guides were really good, high professional behavior, knowledge and advice. All of them did their best to let us to see as much as possible and gave us the best suggestions!!! Thanks a lot to Kurt in Beijing, Lee in Xian Susan in Guilin, Ken in Chongqing, Amber in Yichang and Vicky in Shanghai!!! GREAT!!! If you can ask for them, do it!! They were very professional, flexible and helpful. Thanks a lot, all of you, to make our trip unforgettable!!!
cornbreadjenkins34

5.0

First of all I was a little nervous about planning my trip to China, I hate dealing with alot of paper work and all the excessive planning that goes into things. Joyce from TCT made the process extremely simple and easy so planning things was a breeze! I can really say I view Joyce as a true friend who helped make my trip unforgettable. All the people I dealt with on my trip to China- our guides-Ann in Beijing, David in Xi'an,Annie in Guilin treated us  more like family than customers and they were very thoughtful towards what the group wanted to do! Joyce even met us at our hotel in Guilin with gifts and took us around a little bit of Guilin on her own time, she even paid for the scorpion I tried (lol) This company's care towards people is something special and an honor to their beautiful country. I loved my trip to China and the best part was the people I met and friends I made a long the way! I definitely plan to return to China in the near future and would happily use Top China Travel again! Just sad we can only give them 5 stars- they deserve more!
Samin I

5.0

The country is beautiful and glamorous from the inside and the outside. Including the people. Special thanks to our tour guide,LILY who made our trip memorable She planned everything from our our tickets to our food and shopping. Her service was excellent just like her behaviour. We had a misfortune of losing three newly bought phones. Even though we couldn't get the phones back lilly helped us through all the procedure from the police station to the street cc tv. And the lunch she provided us today in front of the great wall was perfect and elegant. Thank you for everything lilly. Hope we get you the next time we visit china again. And visit my country bangladesh anytime you like with your daughter and husband :)
Karan J

5.0

From the 1st point of contact till the end Joyce was great and helped plan a perfect trip which I was for a short time in Beijing. I was traveling alone and was recommended to join a small group of fellow travelers which was perfect. Great tour guide with a clean bus. Pick up on time and overall a great experience.
valerithomas

5.0

We had so many marvelous experiences. The VIP hotel at the top of the Longhi Scenic Area was beyond anything I have seen before, and the 'ride' up to the top carried by 3 strong men in a 'rickshaw' defied description. At 84 I would not have reached the top without their help. The memories of this adventure will be with me always, and when the cold winter months arrive, I shall recall this pleasure all over again. Well done Janetl Well done TCT and well done China. Your beautiful country does you credit.
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