Day by Day Itinerary
Pick-up from your hotel in Hohhot, or Hohhot Railway Station or Airport, then drive directly to Xilamuren Grassland. About 100km north of of Hohhot, Xilamuren Steppe is located in Darhan Muminggan United Banner in Baotou.
Xilamuren GrasslandXilamuren literally means "yellow river" in Mongolian. Xilamuren Grassland is teemed with green grass and fresh flowers every summer and autumn. Thanks to to the continual efforts made by the local government, the service quality is becoming better and better. As result, Xilamuren has been turned into one of the must visited pastures in Inner Mongolia.
Arriving at Xilamuren Grassalnd, you will receive a welcoming ceremony - warmly welcomed by the local Mongolians colorfully dressed. They will present each of you a silver cup of wine and Hada ( white or blue silk scarves which are tokens of greetings in Inner Mongolia ).
You are arranged to go to the stud farm to select the horse for your horseback riding. The cost for horseback riding is not included in the tour package, visiting Aobao and a herdsmen's family, which usually takes about 2-3 hours. The horseback is the highlight of the tour (pay on your own).
After horseback riding, you are arranged to see the Performances of Mongolian style wrestling, Horse racing and Equestrian in the later afternoon. The first program is wrestling competition performed by local Mongolians. Most of them are very vigorous. Then followed by Horse racing and Equestrian.
Hotel: Stay overnight in a tent ( two sharing )
The sunrise on the grassland is one of the greatest marvelous spectacle in nature. If you don't want to miss the chance to enjoy the beautiful scenery on the grassland, you are advised to get up around 4:00 in the morning. Finding a wide place and waiting. Everything is dark before the sunrise. With the sun coming out, everything turns brighter and brighter.
Dazhao LamaseryIf you are too tired to get up for the sunrise, we do suggest you get up a little bit earlier, enjoy walking around and inhaling fresh air. The view near these yurt area is fantastic - lake, green grassland, fresh air and more.
After simple breakfast, you will return to Hohhot. The drive from the grassland to Hohhot takes about 2 hours. After lunch in Hohhot, you will be arranged to visit Dazhao Monastery. Dazhao Lamasery is the largest and well preserved lamasery in Hohhot.
It was founded originally in Ming Dynasty, and reconstructed in Qing Dynasty. As the first Lama temple in Hohhot, it has been regarded as a religious heart for people from all over Mongolia.
Then move on to the Five Pagoda Temple. It is an important Tibetan Buddhist temple, which has been viewed as the symbol of Inner Mongolian now. As there are five small dagbas on the pedestal of the pagoda, it is named Wuta Si ( Five Pagoda Temple ), which has been listed as a national historical site since 1988.
After Five Pagoda Temple, head to Mongolia Museum. The Inner Mongolian Museum is a provincial level museum, the largest and best museum in Inner Mongolia. It has a wide selection of ethnic Mongolian items, and a historical lineage of this huge grassland province. The museum is home to a variety of interesting exhibitions that should catch your eyes.
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