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Banyan Nur (Bayannaoer) Travel Guide

Banyannur Facts:
Chinese Name: 巴彦淖尔市 (bā yán nào ěr shì)
Population: 1,790,000  
Area: 65,788 square kilometers (25,401 square miles) 
Nationalities: Mongol, Han 

Administrative Division: 1 district (Linhe); 2 counties (Wuyuan, Dengkou); 4 qis (Urad Hou Qi, Urad Qian Qi, Urad Zhong Qi, Hanggin Hou Qi)  
Note: Qi (or Banner) is a county-level administrative organ in Inner Mongolia's political divisions.

Seat of the City Government: 1, Nongke Lu, Jiefang Xi Jie, Linhe District, Bayannur City

Useful Telephone Numbers:
Tourist Complaints: 0478-8220773
Weather Forecast: 121
Zip Code Inquiry: 184

Bank of China Banyannur Branch: 75, Shengli Nan Lu, Linhe District, Bayannur City 
China Post Banyannur Branch: Shengli Bei Lu, Linhe District, Bayannur City

 Location: Bayannur City is situated in the western region of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, neighboring Outer Mongolia to the north. Within Inner Mongolia, it borders the steel city of Baotou on the grasslands to the east, the coal capital, Wuhai, to the west and to the south it is separated from Ordos by the Yellow River. 

 History: Early in the primitive age, human settlers were living in this area north of the Yinshan Mountains. It was during Warring States Period (476BC-221BC) that the territory of the Zhao State extended to the southern slopes of Yinshan Mountains and, until the Western Han Dynasty (206BC-24AD), was the first to establish counties and shires to administer the area.    

 Physical Features: The Yinshan Mountains zigzag through the central region of Bayannur. North of the mountainous area is broad pasture, whilst the region south of the city is the famous Hetao Plain.

 Climate: Bayannur has a temperate continental monsoon climate with four distinct seasons where the temperature varies greatly from season to season. It is has an abundance of sunshine with long strong windy periods which usually occur in spring and winter. The annual average temperature maintains around 3.7℃-7.6℃(38.7℉-45.7℉) and about sixty percent of the annual precipitation falls during July and August.

 When to Go: April to October is the most favorable time to visit Bayannur.

 Special Local Products: Hetao cantaloupe melons, sunflower seed, apple shaped pears, water melons, medlars and cashmere

 Attractions:
Bayannur is Mongolian for rich lake. This ancient and fascinating land gave birth to twenty-nine ethnic minorities who lived there harmoniously and created a brilliant civilization combining farming with nomadism.

For the natural scenery, Wuliangsuhai Lake is a wetland ecological tourist zone and a perfect bird habitat. Alaben Grassland, Ulashan (Wulashan) National Forest Parkand Viction International Golf Resort are perfect destinations to experience the beauty of Bayannur. Desert landscape represented by the Sanshenggong Water Control Projecton the Yellow River and Ulan Buh (Wulanbuhe) Desert is another enchanting aspect of Bayannur. Additionally, visitors can get to the boundary area with Mongolia to experience the strong Mongolian flavor.  

Also, the city has many relics of the Great Wall, including Gaoque Fortress, and Jilu Fortress.

 Banyannur Travel Tips:
Baotou-Lanzhou Railway runs through Bayannur. But apart from this, much longer journeys should be taken by bus. From the long-distance bus station in Shengli Nan Lu of the downtown area, buses travel to Hohhot, Baotou, Tianjin, Beijing and Xian.