Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region

Inner Mongolia Travel Guide

Inner Mongolia MapThe Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, bordering to the north with both the Republic of Mongolia and Russia, is the widest province in China (by its latitude). It is the third largest Chinese province (over 1.1 million square kilometers or 424,736 square miles) but not very populated. The province has about 24 million inhabitants. Many ethnic groups are living in this area including Mongolian, Daur, Oroqen, Ewenki, Hui, Han, Korea and Manchu. Hohhot is the capital of Inner Mongolia.

When to Go

Climate in Inner Mongolia is very different during the year. Winter is cold and can be very long, with frequent blizzards. Usually summer is short and warm. The climate changes from arid to semi-humid from west to east, and to humid in the northeast. The annual rainfall is 80 - 450 millimeters, also increasing from west to east. The main feature of the climate here is that the different in temperature between days and nights is very big, so tourists should wear layer of clothes when traveling here.

Cities in Inner Mongolia

Nadam Fair held on Gegentala Grassland, Hohhot
Nadam Fair held on Gegentala Grassland


What to See

Inner Mongolia has a peculiar natural scenery, long history and brilliant culture. There are many attraction sites in this area. Some of the key attraction sites are:

Wudangzhao Monastery in Baotou is a vast complex and used to be the residence of the highest ranking lama in Inner Mongolia and now it is the only intact Tibetan Buddhist monastery there.

Inner Mongolia is the hometown of Genghis Khan (1162-1227), the great leader of Mongolians. Genghis Khan's Mausoleum, located 185 kilometers (about 71 miles) south of Baotou, holds his clothing buried in his memory.

Dazhao Temple is one of the biggest and best-preserved temples in Hohhot. Xilituzhao Palace is the largest surviving Lama temple in Hohhot.

Genghis Khan's Mausoleum, Baotou
Genghis Khan's Mausoleum, Baotou
Dazhao Temple, Hohhot
Dazhao Temple, Hohhot
Zhaojun Museum, six miles to the south of Hohhot, is located on one of the most beautiful scenes of ancient times. A legend says that each year, when it turned cold and grass became yellow, only this tomb remained green and so it got the name Green Tomb (Qing Zhong).

Wanbu Huayanjing Pagoda, also called White Pagoda, used to be a place where nearly ten thousand volumes of Huayan Scripture were preserved. It is an exquisite and magnificent brick-wood structure about one hundred and fifty feet tall.
Zhaojun Tomb, Hohhot
Zhaojun Museum, Hohhot
Five Pagoda Temple, Hohhot
Five Pagoda Temple, Hohhot
Arxan National Forest Park, located in the southeast of the Greater Hinggan Mountains, is covered with primeval forests. Visitors can appreciate the beautiful landscape formed by solidified lava, including Heavenly Lake and Shitanglin Forest. Besides, tourists can also find mineral spring and all kinds of wildlife there.

Populus Euphratica Forest in Ejina, located in the northwest of Ejina, Alxa of Inner Mongolia, is known as one of  only three surviving populous euphraticas forests in the world and has over 20 scenic spots, such as Taolai woods - young populus Eeuphratica, paddle populus euphratica - best spot for photography, welcoming populus euphratica, hero woods - over 1,000-Year-Old Euphrates Poplars, etc. 

But what is most attractive about Inner Mongolia is its vast grasslands, including the Hulunbuir Prairie, Xilamuren Grassland, Gegentala GrasslandXilingol Grassland and Huitengxile Grassland are  all good places for a grassland experience. The mushroom-like yurts, bright sky, fresh air, rolling grass and the flocks and herds moving like white clouds on the remote grassland, all contribute to make the scenery a very relaxing one. While visiting the place you may try different activities such as Mongolian wrestling, horse & camel riding, rodeo competitions, archery, visiting traditional families and enjoying the graceful Mongolian singing and dancing. The best time to visit the grassland is definitely during the traditional Mongolian Nadam Festival period when there is a better chance to both participate and feel the lively atmosphere of the grassland life.

You can also visit deserts in Inner Mongolia. The deserts are located in the western part of the province: the most famous and visited ones are Badain Jaran Desert, Tengger Desert and Kubuqi Desert. Early autumn (from the middle of August to the end of September) is the best time to explore the desert as the temperatures are very temperate.

See more attractions in Inner Mongolia: Hulun Lake

- Last modified on May. 27, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Inner Mongolia Travel
Asked by jorge humberto delgado flores from MÉXICO | Jul. 09, 2019 01:37Reply
I will go to Inner Mongolia the next month for 2 or 3 what city should I choose?
Hello again and thanks for the latest answer,
one more question I will go for 2 or 3 days but I see this area is really big, what you suggest me to do,, we would like to visit the desert if we want to do this which city you think is the best to visit?

Answers (1)
Answered by Cameron from USA | Jul. 09, 2019 19:31

You can go to Ordos where you can visit the seventh largest desert in China-Kubuzi Desert.
Asked by Jorge from MEXICO | Jul. 07, 2019 00:17Reply
Hello, I have my Chinese visa, do I need to do customs if I want to visit inner Mongolia?
Answers (1)
Answered by Ashley from USA | Jul. 08, 2019 18:40

Inner Mongolia belongs to Chinese territory so your Chinese visa is enough.
Asked by Howard from GERMANY | Jul. 03, 2019 13:20Reply
Can you tell me the date and location for any Naadam festival in the Hulun Buir area this July?
Thank you.
Answers (1)
Answered by Melissa from USA | Jul. 03, 2019 20:43

Well, it has opened on June 18th - June 23th.
Asked by Wilsonkhoo from SINGAPORE | May. 24, 2019 21:19Reply
My age 66 slight knee problem but manageable-is it ok to visit inner mongolia
I m age 66 healthy except some knee issue
Will there be any obstacles or precaution to take if I go
Answers (1)
Answered by Tony from AUSTRIA | May. 27, 2019 00:07

I think you can have a try as long as you choose the available season to visit and accompanied by your family or friends.
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