Hohhot Travel Guide

Hohhot Travel Guide

Map of Hohhot

Hohhot Facts

Chinese Name: 呼和浩特 (hū hé hào tè)
Population: 3,137,000
Area: 17,200 square kilometers (6,641 square miles)
Location: in the central area of Inner Mongolia, north China
Administrative Division: 4 districts (Yuquan, Huimin, Xincheng, Saihan); 4 counties (Tokto, Horinger, Qingshuihe, Wuchuan); 1 banner (Tolmud Left Banner)  
Area Code: 0471
Zip Code: 010000
GDP (2019): CNY 279.15 billion (USD 40.46 billion)
Nationalities: Mongol, Han, Man, Hui, Zang, Daur, Ewenke, Chaoxian

Prosperous Inner Mongolian Capital

Hohhot, the capital of the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region in northern China, means a green city in Mongolian language. It is adjacent to Baotou and Ordos to the west, Ulanqab to the east and Shanxi to the south. Hohhot is an important Chinese border city open to Mongolia and Russia, and also a key aviation hub in northern China. Besides Tianjin and Shijiazhuang, Hohhot is the nearest provincial capital city to Beijing. As China's two largest dairy suppliers, Yili Group and Mengniu, are headquartered in Hohhot, this city earns the title of Chinese dairy capital. Hohhot also features distinctive Tibetan Buddhist temples and monasteries with ethnic characteristics. The Islamic-style buildings with spherical roof and the towering column towers can be found here. There are also many beautiful grassland tourist spots on the outskirts of the city.

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Hohhot is an ideal place to relax away from modern day pressure thanks to the magnificent natural beauty of the Gegentala and Xilamuren Grasslands as well as fantastic cultural sites such as the Dazhao Temple, Five-Pagoda Temple and the Xilituzhao Palace.

Nadam Fair held on Gegentala Grassland
Nadam Fair held on Gegentala Grassland
Zhaojun Tomb, Hohhot
Zhaojun Museum

As a tourist resort, Hohhot has a modern reliable transport network. Hohhot Baita (White Pagoda) Airport has direct flights to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and other cities. Hohhot Railway Station and East Railway Station have direct train connections with Beijing, Hailar, Baotou, Xi'an, Lanzhou, Yinchuan, Shanghai, Nanjing, Ningbo, plus international trains to Ulan Bator and Moscow. Daily buses link the city with other major cities including Beijing, Tianjin, Taiyuan, Datong, and Baotou. City-bus and taxi are available in Hohhot.

Hohhot Tours

Grassland Tour: 4 days to Gegentala Grassland, Tomb of Zhaojun, Wuta Temple and Dazhao Lamasery, etc
Hiking Adventures         Golf Vacation          Bicycle Route

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Hohhot belongs to the temperate arid and semi arid continental monsoon climate with four distinct seasons. Significant temperature variations occur between day and night. The average annual temperature is 6 C (42.8 F). It is cold in winter with an average temperature of -10 C (14 F) and hot and rainy during summer with an average temperature of 15 C (59 F) to 26 C (79 F). The best time to pay a visit is from April to October, while the best time to go to the grassland is from middle July to early September as the weather is pleasant at that time. 

Hohhot Travel Tips

 History: Hohhot has a long history of over 2300 years. In the period of Warring States (476 BC - 221 BC), Zhaowuhou (340 BC – 295 BC) build the Ancient City. In Northern Wei period (386 – 557), Xianbei ethnic groups established a capital at Horinger County which was the first capital in the north grassland with the historical name of Shile. The city was renamed Fegzhou in Liao period (916 – 1125). In 1581 during Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644), Tolmud leader Altan Khan constructed a city in Yuquan District, named Hohhot in Mongolian, and later renamed it to Guihua. In 1737 during Qing Dynasty (1644 – 1911), the government built Suiyuan city, a strong garrison town, at the northeast of Guihua, then united the two cites as one naming it Guisui. In 1954, the city became the capital of Inner Mongolia and resumed the name of Hohhot.
 Special Local Products: Hohhot brings together specialties from all over Inner Mongolia, ranging from Mongolian silverwares, carpets, cashmere, camel hair products, traditional knives, decorative deer antlers, narrow-leaved oleaster curtain, oatmeal and various dairy products to fancy Mongolian costumes.
 Entertainment: Mongolian folk songs and wrestling are popular entertainments while ethnic delicacies and the friendliness of the local people add to the enjoyment of a stay here. Visitors can enjoy a wide variety of activities including horse riding, or maybe visiting the home of a herdsman's family or roaming over the vast grassland and of course there is the thrilling Nadam Fair.

- Last updated on Apr. 13, 2021 -
Questions & Answers on Hohhot Travel
Asked by Edmund Kok from MALAYSIA | Sep. 15, 2019 22:51Reply
Is there any direct flight from Hong Kong to Hohhot?
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Answered by Sally from AUSTRALIA | Sep. 18, 2019 20:41

No, there isn't. You can arrive Shenzhen first, then take airplane to Hohhot.
Asked by Chyan from SINGAPORE | Aug. 18, 2019 19:03Reply
Weather in first and second weeks of September in Hohhot
Is it advisable to visit there on 6 to 8 September 2019? Will it be rainy and cold? What should i wear while on transit in Hohhot airport at night? Is there an airport hotel in Hohhot?
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Answered by Matt from USA | Aug. 20, 2019 19:54

The temperature will be 10-25C in September. In the day, you can wear shirts or other breathable clothes. In the evening, you need to wear jackets or coats. Yes, there is an airport hotel 600m away from the airport.
Asked by Boon Teoh from AUSTRALIA | Jul. 10, 2019 06:59Reply
I will be staying in Hohhot only. Any suggestions on traveling around the city?
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Answered by Hannah from UNITED KINGDOM | Jul. 10, 2019 19:47

You can appreciate natural beauty of the Gegentala and Xilamuren Grasslands as well as fantastic cultural sites such as the Dazhao Temple, Five-Pagoda Temple and the Xilituzhao Palace.
Asked by Darina Ivanovova from CZECHIA | Jun. 02, 2019 08:22Reply
We would like to go Hohhot from Beijing. Any possibility by direct bus?
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Answered by Lean from UNITED KINGDOM | Jun. 02, 2019 20:05

Yes, you can take bus from Liuliqiao Bus Station at 8:30, 9:30,10:30, 13:30, 14:30, 16:10. The duration is about 8.5 hours and the bus fare is CNY150.
Asked by Anna from ITALY | Apr. 04, 2018 05:41Reply
a friend and I currently studying in Shanghai would like to travel for a weekend to Hohhot.
We are very interested in seeing the desert and the grassland.
Is it possible to organize it by ourselves or do we need a guide?
Which places do you recommend?
We are two girls, is it dangerous?
Thank you very much!
Answers (3)
Answered by Jack from NORWAY | Apr. 07, 2018 22:54

Yes, you can organize it by yourselves and it’s safe!
Xilamuren and Gegentala Grasslands are highly recommended!
Answered by Anna from ITALY | Apr. 13, 2018 07:31

How do we get to Xilamuren grassland from Hohhot by ourselves? Can we use a bus? If so, where does it start, which bus number is it?
Also, we want to go to the Sand George Dunes. How do we get to the dunes from Hohhot by ourselves? Can we use a bus? If so, where does it start, which bus number is it?
Answered by Peter from USA | Apr. 15, 2018 21:37

Yes, you can use the bus. As I remember, there are regular buses to Zhaohe passing by the grassland, and the bus station is in 1 West Chezhan Street, Xincheng District. Just tell the driver to drop you off there. As for Q2, I’m sorry I didn’t find the place.
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