Inner Mongolia, famous for its natural beauty, has vast grasslands, mushroom-like yurts, bright sky, fresh air, rolling grass and the flocks and herds moving like white clouds on the remote grassland. TopChinaTravel would like to introduce some of the Best Places to visit in Inner Mongolia, to help you find your way to explore the unspoiled beauty of this highland area. Where to visit in Inner Mongolia? Travel with us, just let us to be your guide and accompany with you to discover the charms between grassland areas and desert areas.
Xilamuren Grassland is located 100 kilometers north of Hohhot. Xilamuren means "yellow river" in Mongolian. It is cool even in hot summer. There are 62 Mongolian yurts, among which 30 Mongolian yurts are standard.
It is a beautiful place with pleasant climate, the blue sky and white clouds, the rolling grass, the wandering flocks and herds, the passionate herdsmen and their Mongolian food. All these things will undoubtedly leave you with a deep impression.
There are many activities. During the Nadam Festival held every summer, tourists can enjoy a series of different activities, including camel riding, horse racing, wrestling, archery, a camp fire party and singing and dancing. if you are brave you could even take part in some of the competitions that you are interested in. A big surprise is probably waiting for you.
Dazhao Temple, located in Hohhot, was built first in the 6th year of the reign of Emperor Wanli of the Ming Dynasty (1578). It is the first Gelugpa Buddhism monastery built in Inner Mongolia.
Its grand scale and beautiful relics have made it one of the most renowned temples in Mongolian grassland. It is a key protected relic of the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. It is now a well-known tourist attraction because of the impressive buildings, splendid statues, delicate frescos, musical instruments and fine collection of Buddhist scriptures.
The main architectures in Dazhao Temple are the main gate, the Heavenly King Palace, the Bodhi Palace, the Scripture Hall and the Buddha Hall. The Scripture Hall and the Buddha Hall are well connected, and so called the Grand Hall.
Five-Pagoda Temple can be found in Hohhot. The construction of the temple began in the 5th year of the reign of the Emperor Yongzheng of the Qing Dynasty.
It is 16.5 meters high and looks like a Buddha's Warrior Attendant's seat, with a base under it and five exquisite pagodas on the base. As more than 1560 relief sculptures of Buddha are engraved on the five pagodas, the temple enjoys the reputation of being "a 10000-Buddha Tower".
In addition, there are images of Bodhisattva, the four Devarajas, Buddhist Saint, Heavenly Ladies, holy birds and animal, bodhi trees and the engraved scriptures in Mongolian, Tibetan and Sanskrit on the wall of the pagodas. On the wall facing the temple there are 3 marble relief sculptures, including a planisphere marked with Mongolian inscriptions. The pagodas are not only peculiar buildings, but also a huge exquisite carving.
Zhaojun Tomb, located on the southern bank of the Dahei River, stands nine kilometers south of the city of Hohhot. Viewed from afar, the surface of the tomb appears to be dark green. It is therefore called the “green tomb.”
Zhaojun Tomb is similar to the imperial tombs of the Han Dynasty that were built in the central plain of the kingdom. There are pavilions around the tomb in which visitors can rest. Cultural relics commemorating Zhaojun are on display in an exhibition room nearby.
In 33 B.C, Wang Zhaojun, a maid of honor in an imperial palace of the Han Dynasty, married with Huhanxie Chanyu, chief of the Xiongnus, who proposed ties of amity with the Han court through marriage. When Zhaojun married, she brought with her the rich culture of the Central China Plain to the Xiongnu people in the north.
Mausoleum of Genghis Khan is a key national heritage preservation area in Ordos, and attracts hundreds of venerators and visitors from all over the world. It is “the mystery of mysteries”. Secret funeral is the dominant burring forms in Mongolian, therefore, seldom records had been found about the mausoleum of Genghis Khan.
Genghis Khan, the national hero of Mongolia, was regarded as a legend. He left not only the largest Mongolia Empire in history, with also countless mysteries.
Nowadays, the mausoleum is a cenotaph, and the real one with his remains is still undiscovered. However, there are thousands of tourists come to the mausoleum and hold a memorial ceremony for the hero, admiring his greatness and appreciating all the contributions he had done for Mongolia and the whole world.
Kubuqi Desert, located in the north Ordor highland, is the seventh biggest desert in China. And the highlight of this desert is the Resonant Sand Gorge which is located in the northeast side of Kubuqi Desert.
It is the nearest desert from Beijing. The rich travel resources including the desert, lakes, grasslands, wetlands and oasis are all can be found in Kubuqi.
In addition, over thousand birds including the rare white swans inhabit the area in or around the desert. The splendid scene is just in a shape of bow. And "kubuqi" means "bow" in the Mongolian language. This desert is looked like a golden bow in the earth.
Situated in the territory of Ordos, Resonant Sand Gorge, or Resonant Sand Bay is featured by its amazing desert landscape and the whispering sand dunes.
Strolling on the sea of sand, admiring the beautiful scenery and listening to the camel-bells will give you unique experience. Also, you can experience sand exploration, horse and camel riding, glider flying, motor racing, target practice, arrow shooting, sand baths and swimming here.
In the conditions of the dry climate, you are able to hear sounds like a bugle and drumbeat in the sand if they surf along the slopes of the dunes. If several people are surfing together, the sound will be as loud as a large bell and you will feel the whole dune is trembling.