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Inner Mongolia Grassland Adventure
   
Tour Code: STS-CN002 Price per person from: RMB 2,980
Departure Date: Daily Departure Click for Price Details
   
 
Summary:

Take this unique opportunity to experience a traditional Mongolian ‘three arts’ event, featuring wrestling, horse-racing and archery. Glimpse the nomadic Mongolian lifestyle of China’s big sky country. In the space of one weekend, you will gather your own unforgettable moments: experiencing life in a yurt, tasting delicious roast lambs, and enjoying folk music and dances. You will be thrilled by the warmth of the people and the matchless beauty of the surounding grasslands and the drive to one of the world's largest deserts, the ResonantSandGorgeDesert.

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Tour Dates Destinations Today's Activities Meals Include

 

Inner Mongolia Grassland Adventure
3 days/ 2 nights
Daily Departure 

Day 1 : Beijing - Hohhot ( L, D)
Fly from
Beijing to Hohhot in the morning, drive to the Hilamuren prairie land.
Upon arrival you can enjoy wine with the hospitable Mongolian people. There are morning and afternoon Nadamu sports events. Nadamu (meaning 'games'), is an 800 year old tradition still popular today wherein enthusiastic competitors demonstrate their Mongolian wrestling, horse racing and archery skills, the 'three arts'. At lunch time, taste shouba mutton, a very famous local flavor in
Inner Mongolia.
In the afternoon, you can ride a horse in the beautiful grassland (one hour), visit a local family, taste milk products made by the local herdsmen.
During dinner time, you will be welcomed with hada, a piece of silk used as a greeting gift amongst Mongolian ethnic groups.

The fire will be built up after dinner and traditional Mongolian performance will be presented, including the sawing charms of the horsehead fiddle (Matou qin), end up with audience participation of disco. If the music beat is too strong to you, then you leave the group and sit on the Grassland to count stars.
Overnight in a luxury yurt, a traditional tent-dwelling

Day 2 : Hilamuren (B,L)
The morning wake-up is a surprise as you will see the grassland sunrise. After breakfast, we will drive to one of the largest sand deserts in the world,
the Resonant Sand Gorge (Xiangshawan) Desert.
Where you will take the cable car to the top of this desert area. As you ascend |relish the scenery of the
Ordos canyon.
Enjoy the unique experience of a camel ride in the desert.
Overnight in Jinjiang International Hotel ( 4 star).

Day 3 : Hohhot - Beijing (B, L)
After breakfast in the morning, we will visit the Dazhaosi (Tibetan Buddhist Temple, optional) and an interesting Frontier Street, where Art.and crafts and local ethnic minority goods are being sold, such as wool, rugs with the pattern of Genghis khan portrait, Mongolian kife, etc.
Finally get on the flight back to Beijing.

 

 

 

Package Cost:

RMB2,880 per person

 

Children's discount-
Yes, child's discount is available. All trips have different payment deadlines depending on the destination and dates of travel. We will contact you by email in the weeks before the trip to let you know the deadline.
Late booking will probably result in higher fees.

 

  Price Inclusions and Exclusions

Included Features-
- Flight tickets as mentioned in the program in economy class, including airport tax and fuel surcharge.
- All transfers mentioned in the program by private car
- Entrance fees for all sights mentioned in the program
- 2 nights hotel accommodation based on twin sharing ( one night accommodation in Hohhot and 1 night accommodation in the yurt,based on twin sharing)
- All sightseeing and transfers with English-speaking tour guide
- All meals during the trip
- All hotel government tax & service charges

 

Exclusions-
* Alcoholic drinks & drinks at mealtime + Optional visits + Personal expenses (e.g.Telephone, laundry)
* Personal travel insurance
* Personal expenses
* Tips for guide, driver, boat crew & hotels' porters
* Meals other than those mentioned above
* Other services not clearly indicated in the Package Inclusion above

Hohhot

Get around

By taxi

Taxis start at ¥6 during the day (¥7.50 at night?) and are highly available throughout the day. Taxis become more difficult to flag 2-3PM as people go back to work as well as during early evening, or with foul weather.

By bus

Busses run until 8:30PM during the winter. English schedules are difficult to find.

By bicycle

Bicycles are by far the most convenient and common in the city. Be careful with the new/foreign traffic patterns. Left turns occur after straight traffic, typically bicycles turn left from the bicycle lane with auto traffic through intersections. Following local traffic is often the safest way to ride and will orient you to traffic patterns, customs, and flow. During peak hours, traffic police will dictate crossing times. Parking your bicycle is easy and convenient in the 'corral' spaces. Attendants will issue you and your bicycle matching 'sticks' and your bicycle will be generally safe while you shop or go to work. Rates are ¥0.5-2/day. Hours may vary.

By foot

Depending on construction levels, walking the city is very easy and common and is perhaps the best way to interact with locals. During peak hours, traffic police will dictate crossing times. Theft and molestation is generally not high in the city, however prudence should always be practiced. As a city spectacle, a smile will often turn obvious bewilderment of the passing people into delight. Try it out! ¥0.5-1 is a reasonable amount to offer beggars and the homeless, as well as empty plastic bottles.

See

*  Dazhao Temple (大召寺; Dàzhāosì). The oldest Buddhist monastery in the city constructed in 1579. A 2.5 meter silver statue of Sakyamuni Buddha is among the temples most precious treasures.  

*  Inner Mongolia Museum (内蒙古博物馆; Nèiměnggǔ Bówùguǎn). Exhibitions of the flora and fauna and history of Inner Mongolian, including minerals and mining, space exploration, and dinosaurs. Free.  

*  Temple of the Five Pagodas (五榕寺; Wǔróngsì). An Indian style temple constructed in 1732. Famous for its frescos of 1,500 carved figures of Buddha. "¥35"  

*  The Great Mosque. The oldest and largest mosque in the city built in 1693.  

*  Tomb of Princess Zhaojun (昭君墓; Zhāojūnmù), (Take bus No. 6 from the muslim quarter and switch to bus No. 44 that will take you there). The resting place of Han princess who voluntarily married a nomad chief to secure peace. She is attributed with the ability to perform miracles. ¥1.  

*  Xilitu Zhao (席力图召; Xílìtúzhào), 112 Danan Street, Yuquan District. The largest Buddhist temple in the city and main seat of Buddhism in Inner Mongolia.  

Do

*  Dazhao Temple Festivals. Songjing Da Fahui (8th-15th of the 1st and 6th lunar months), Songbalin (14th day of the 1st and 6th lunar months), Liang Dafo (15th day of the 1st and 6th lunar months), and Mani Hui (14th-17th day of eighth lunar month).  

*  Get to the mountains, (Take bus 54 north until it ends at the edge of town. This bus can be easily caught along the north side of Xinhua Square heading west).  

*  Great Wall.  

*  Wind Turbines.  

Eat

*  Bei Guo Zhi Chun (The Garden Restaurant). A greenhouse/warehouse turned into a massive eatery where plants are abundant as well as water features, indoor yurts, and private space. Great for parties or intimate dinners. The menu is very comprehensive. Tea is not free but is delicious. Wait staff is friendly and places orders via wireless PDAs so it may seem they are pushy. High.  

*  Zang Can Bar (Tibet Food Bar), (In the heart of the city, east side of Xinhua Square, look down the alley way south of the hotel, it is on the north side). A small Tibetan restaurant. Great food, atmosphere & jewelry. Private room can sit a dozen people. High.  

*  Xi Bei, (At the new stadium to the north of the city). The menu is very comprehensive. Tea is not free. The menu is in Chinese and English and meals are delivered via roller skate. Maybe some day they'll re-label the noodle appetizer currently called "Panda-crusted noodles." Plenty of private rooms available. Wait staff is friendly and places orders via wireless PDAs so it may seem they are pushy. High.  

*  Mongolian Food @ the Race Track. Meals served in traditional Mongolian style in your own private yurt. High.  

*  Fengwei Huoguo, (Just southwest of Xinhua Square, facing north with a large green sign). Seafood hotpot. Busy every night, for good reason. Medium.  

*  Shiao Hotel, (A large hotel along Zhongshan road, west of Victory shopping plaza, with a multi-colored deck at 22 stories with a large Eiffel Tower like radio tower atop it. Hard to miss.). Buffet closes at 9PM doors close at 9:30PM. Buffet overlooking all of Hohhot that rotates so you get the whole 360. Come early. The buffet is ¥50/person.