Chinese Name: 呼伦贝尔市 (hū lún bèi ěr shì)
Area: 263,950 square kilometers (101,912 square miles)
Nationalities: Mongol, Han
Administrative Division: 1 District (Hailaer); 4 Qis (Arun, Xin Barag, Xin Barag You and Xin Barag Zuo); 3 Autonomous Qis (Oroqen, Ewenki, and Morin Daur); 5 County-level Cities (Manzhouli, Zhalantun, Yakeshi, Genhe and Eerguna)
Note: Qi (or Banner) is a county-level administrative entity in Inner Mongolia's political divisions. A League or Meng is an administrative unit in Inner Mongolia consisting of several qis.
Seat of the City Government: 24, Shengli Jie, Hailaer District
Useful Telephone Numbers: Tourist Complaints: 0470-8238664
Weather Forecast: 121
Zip Code Inquiry: 184
Bank of China Hulunbeier Branch: 16, Alihe Lu, Hailaer District
China Post Hulunbeier Branch: Jiagedaqi Lu, Hailaer District
Location: Situated in the northeastern part of the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, Hulunbeier City borders Heilongjiang Province to the east and shares boundaries with Outer Mongolia and Russia in the southwest and northwest.
History: During the Western Han Dynasty (206BC-24AD) and the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), many nomadic tribes in North China settled in the vast grassland of Hulunbeier. Today, it is still the homeland of more than thirty ethnic minorities. In 2001, Hulunbeier's status was changed from a league to a city.
Physical Features: The Daxing'anling Mountains stretch through the central region of Hulunbeier City from the northeast to the southwest. The city is divided into three regions: the grassland in the west; the forest zone in the mountain area and the hill and river valley area in the east.
Climate: Situated in the continental climatic zone, the city is characterized by cool short summer and long chilly winter. The average temperature range during a year is -5℃-2℃ (23℉-35.6℉). Precipitation becomes common in June and August.
When to Go: Mid-May to mid-September and November to February are the best periods to visit the region. The former period is best for viewing the flourishing grassland and latter period is better for viewing the grand snowscape. Weather in late May and mid-September is generally the most comfortable. From June to August, the grasslands are frequently overrun with swarms of mosquitoes.
Special Local Products: The minority Daur, Oroqen and Ewenki people make products from birch bark. Russian handicrafts are available, too. Locally raised mushrooms, beef and mutton and dairy products are of good quality.
Local Highlights: Hulunbeier hosts an azalea festival in the spring; a grassland culture and beer festival in the summer; a forest culture festival celebrating Daxing'anling Mountains in the autumn and an ice and snow festival with a strong ethnic flavor in the winter.
Hulunbeier Grasslands are probably the finest pastures in China. In the summer, visitors can go horseback riding, view horse racing and attend wrestling matches. Campfire parties featuring whole-sheep feasts are popular. Huhenuoer Grassland and Hulun Lake are the most famous sights in that area. The lake is teeming with fish and shrimp. Hulun is the largest lake in Inner Mongolia and one of the five largest freshwater lakes in China.
Phoenix Villa (Fenghuang Shanzhuang) is an excellent winter resort located in the Daxing'anling Mountains. European-style villas with red roofs stand out among the pines and white snow. Additionally, Hailaer National Forest Park and Darbin Lake National Forest Park cater to visitors who feel enthusiasm for the natural greenery and tranquil forests.
Hailaer (Dongshan) Airport is seven kilometers (4.3 miles) from downtown Hulunbeier. Every week, there are flights to Beijing, Hohhot and Shenzhen. Manzhouli Airport is nine kilometers (5.6 miles) southwest of Manzhouli City and operates flights to Beijing, Hohhot, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Qingdao. There are also international flights available to Chita and Irkusk in Russia.