Gegentala Grassland

Gegentala Grassland is located in Ulanqab City, Inner Mongolia, 140 kilometers (87 miles) away from the north of Hohhot. Gegentala means “cast and bright grass lands” in Mongolian. When visiting there, visitors will be treated in the most ceremonious way, such as sending hada, a piece of silk used as a greeting gift and excellent horse milk wine. Walking on the vast Gegentala Grassland, you can see a circular building made of stones on the relatively high hillside at a certain distance, and that is so-called Aobao, where local Mongolians hold sacrificial ceremony to pray for good luck.

Best Time to Visit Gegentala Grassland

Lots of visitors would like to pay a visit to Gegentala Grassland in summer, especially in July and August, because all the grasslands are at their best. Moreover, every year, at the same time, the climate there in summer is pretty cool when compared with other tourist destinations. Nadam Fair is always held from August 15th to 25th.
Ao Bao on Gegentala Grassland
Ao Bao
Luxury tents on Gegentala Grassland
Luxury yurts on Gegentala Grassland

Things to Do in Gegentala Grassland

Horse Riding

Be sure to arrange for a horse-riding experience during your stay. There is a large stud farm particularly for visitors. All the horses are carefully selected, and most of them have mild temper. Or visitors can try horse riding with the help of a professional coach for safety.

Attend Entertaining Events

In order to entertain and welcome visitors, Gegentala Grassland Scenic Area has arranged horse racing, horse shows, wrestling and singing & dancing performance. The exciting shows stimulate everyone’s enthusiasm. Moreover, visitors can also engage in these activities for entertainment. When night comes, a campfire party is something of a highlight.  At the same time, some local people may dance and sing around the fire in a circle. 
Dance performance, Nadam Fair
Dance performance, Nadam Fair
Wrestling held on Nadam Fair
Wrestling held on Nadam Fair

Stay Overnight in a Gegentala Grassland Yurt

It must be an unforgettable experience to stay overnight inside a yurt. There is a fixed area in the grassland with many traditional style yurts, which are used as hotels for visitors. It’s a good chance to experience local people’s living style, but the price is a little expensive. The yurt is not only used as a living room; visitors can also have a party or dining inside.

Taste Delicious Local Food

A dining feast is always offered when there is a campfire party. Hospitable Mongolians will provide good wine and delicious cuisines for tourists. Drinking mellow horse milk wine, eating Roast Whole Lamb with fragrant smell, and tasting local milk tea must be the most enjoyable dining in vast Gegentala Grassland.

How to Get to Gegentala Grassland from Hohhot

1. First, visitors need to take a bus from Hohhot Passenger Station to Siziwangqi in Ulanqab. The journey takes about 2 hours and each passenger needs to pay around CNY 30-40. After arrival at Siziwangqi, it’s advised to hire a car directly to Gegentale Grassland. It takes about thirty minutes and CNY 20-40.
2. Hire a car from Hohhot to Gegentala Grassland. Visitors need to pay about CNY 350 per day per car. 
- Last updated on Apr. 12, 2021 -
Questions & Answers on Gegentala Grassland
Asked by Xerxes from IRAN | Jan. 28, 2020 00:42Reply
Can someone visit Gegentala Grassland in later January to February stay in a tent and go on a camel?
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Answered by Irma from FINLAND | Jan. 31, 2020 19:05

As I know, passengers can stay in a tent and go on a camel during that period of time.
Asked by Tim from MACAU | Dec. 20, 2019 06:31Reply
I understand that the best time to visit is July August, however I will be in Hohhot early January
Is it possible to visit between the 6th and 7th of January 2020?
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Answered by Gina from CANADA | Dec. 23, 2019 17:28

You can visit there in January. However, it will be very cold and windy so I think you could visit some temples and taste local food.
Asked by Jerry from SINGAPORE | Jun. 07, 2019 03:21Reply
When is Naadam this year (2019)? Can we try wrestling and archery there?
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Answered by Eve from USA | Jun. 10, 2019 20:47

The date is June 18th. As I know, you need invitation to take part in the competitiion.
Asked by Juliana from FRANCE | Mar. 21, 2019 03:57Reply
how busy are the Gegentala Grassland during Labour Week?
and is the temperature OK?
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Answered by Carol from DENMARK | Mar. 25, 2019 23:05

As I know, there will have more tourists than usual times. The weather condition will be ok to tour around. But if you want to see the green scenery of the grassland, you are suggested to go there in June or July.
Asked by Normah Md Isa from MALAYSIA | Nov. 04, 2018 19:47Reply
i plan to visit xilamuran grassand early april 2019. how the weather and scenery that month?
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Answered by Helen from USA | Nov. 06, 2018 18:47

Dear, to be honest, you are not advised to the grassland due to the low temperature and less grass growing at that month. The best time for a visit is July-August.
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