Best Time to Visit Xilamuren Grassland
From July to September, groups of tourists are eager to visit the Xilamuren Grassland to appreciate the greenest grasslands with blossoming flowers. Moreover, it’s also a good destination for visitors to escape scorching temperature in many other tour destinations. The average temperature ranges from 18 - 21℃ (64 - 70℉) in summer thanks to its high altitude and latitude.
Things to Do in Xilamuren Grassland
Horse Riding or Camel Riding
Try riding a horse for the experience. Of courses most of the horses available for riding are docile and the experience coach will accompany with you. The horse is an important means of transportation for local herdsmen, and through riding a horse to gallop on the vast grassland you will not only experience the local people’s life, but also get totally relaxed. In recent years, Xilamuren Grassland Scenic Area launches a series of adventurous activities, including camel riding and sand motor. Visitors should follow safety rules when they take part in these events.
Attend Nadam Fair
Nadam Fair is held at Xilamuren Grassland in late July or early August every year. During this period, visitors can watch a lot of interesting folk shows performed by local people, especially males. Horse racing, wrestling and shooting are three essential skills of Mongolian men. On Nadam Fair, visitors can not only see superb performance by the brave and fierce grassland athletes, but also personally take part in these activities to show their skills and express their pride. When night comes, the bonfire party makes everyone excited and passionate.
Visit Puhui Temple
Puhui Temple is pretty popular among visitors, and local people always call it Zhaohe Temple for it stands next to Zhaohe River. This temple was built in 1759 with three palaces, facing south. Inside the temple, visitors can appreciate majestic architecture in combination of Han Style and Tibetan style. There is an ancient well in front of Puhui Temple. It’s said that this well was dug when Kangxi Emperor (1654-1722) put down the rebellion of Galdan tribe.
Enjoy Delicious Local Food
No cultural tour is complete without sampling the local foods. We recommend to try the food feast in a Xilamuren Grassland yurt. Many people sit around a table and eat delicious local cuisines, which contains mutton in hot pot, and many dairy products. Most of the time, roast whole lamb is available and it is a must-eat food. Horse milk wine is always offered to guests, and its offering is a gesture of hospitality and enthusiasm of the Mongolian.
How to Get to Xilamuren Grassland from Hohhot
Take a bus to Maoqi from Hohhot Coach Station, which is next to Hohhot Railway Station, and get off at Xilamuren. Tell the driver your tour destination in advance. It takes CNY 60 for a single trip.