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 Nov. 07, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Inner Mongolia Travel
Asked by yan from MALAYSIA | Nov. 05, 2019 20:15Reply
Hi i plan to go to inner mongol on march 2020, is it too cold if i travel on that month?
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Answered by Rita from USA | Nov. 07, 2019 16:51

According to history weather, the temperature will be around -5C to 10C. You need to bring winter clothes like down jacket. I'm not sure whether you can handle this kind of weather condition.
Asked by Wilson from SINGAPORE | Aug. 12, 2019 07:27Reply
Hi we are going Inner Mongolia in sept 12. it is cold?
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Answered by Chase from UNITED KINGDOM | Aug. 13, 2019 01:22

Based on the previous weather statistics, the temperature may range from 10C to 25C during that period of time. It won't be cold. Don't worry.
Asked by Catherine from CHINA | Jul. 27, 2019 22:49Reply
Is it easy to rent a car in Hohhot and self drive to Baotou and Ordos?
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Answered by Isabelle from DENMARK | Jul. 30, 2019 01:29

Yes, as I know, it will be easy for you to rent a car in these places because the distances among the scenic areas are far.
Asked by Junko sweet from CHINA | Jul. 25, 2019 18:56Reply
I currently live in shanghai. I would like to visit Hohhot and Naadam festival.
I guess it’s too late for this year. Is it possible to combine your Hohhot with Naadam festival? I am also interested in Genghis Kahn mausoleum near Baotou.
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Answered by Charlie from USA | Jul. 30, 2019 18:52

Yes, Naadam festival of 2019 has finished. There is grand Naadam festical in Hohhot every year.
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?
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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.
Answered by Jorge from MEXICO | Aug. 04, 2019 08:59

Hello again, and before everything thanks for the help,

one more thing, what would be the top activities I can do in Ordos, and the best way to go from beijing?

thanks again!
Answered by jorge from MEXICO | Aug. 04, 2019 09:04

again me!,

I was reading about this desert resorts, this means that you should stay in this resorts are this like this 5 stars hotels or what does it mean?, because I would like to book acommodation for it,

Answered by Cameron from USA | Aug. 05, 2019 01:23

The top activity is to visit natural attractions like prairie and grassland. The best way is to take airplane.
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