Banyannur Travel Guide

Banyannur Facts

Chinese Name: 巴彦淖尔 (bā yán nào ěr)
Population: 1,690,000
Area: 64,000 square kilometers (247,105 square miles)
Location: in the west of Inner Mongolia, north China
Administrative Division: 1 district (Linhe); 2 counties (Wuyuan, Dengkou); 4 banners (Urad Back Banner, Urad Front Banner, Urad Middle Banner, Hanggin Back Banner)  
Area Code: 0478
Zip Code: 015000
GDP (2018): CNY 81.31 billion (USD 12.29 billion)
Nationalities: Mongol, Man, Han

Center of Farm, Dairy and Livestock Products

Bayannur/Bayannaoer is situated in the western region of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, neighboring 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. In the north is the beautiful and vast Wulat grassland, with a long history of animal husbandry.

The majestic Yinshan Mountain, rich in mineral resources, stands in the middle region of Banyannur where visitors can appreciate more than 50,000 Yinshan rock carvings. The largest artesian irrigation area in Asia is located in the Hetao Plain in the south of Banyannu, irrigating more than 1.8 million acres of high-quality arable land. More than 300 lakes are scattered all over the city. Wuliangsu Lake, the largest wetland in the Yellow River Basin, is the paradise of birds like wild geese. Here you can enjoy the vastness of Ulan Buh Desert, listen to the pulse of the Yellow River, enjoy endless Wulat Grassland, and experience the beauty and tranquility of Hetao Plain.

 Note: Qi (or Banner) is a county-level administrative organ in Inner Mongolia's political divisions.

Bayannur Attractions - Things to Do

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, Banyan Nur has many relics of the Great Wall, including Gaoque Fortress, and Jilu Fortress.

How to Get to/around Banyannur

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 South Shengli Road of the downtown area, buses travel to Hohhot, Baotou, Tianjin, Beijing and Xi'an.

Weather

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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 C - 7.6 C (38.7 F - 45.7 F) 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.

Banyannur Travel Tips

 History: Early in the primitive age, human settlers were living in Bayannaoer 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 Banyan Nur is the famous Hetao Plain.
 
 Special Local Products: Hetao cantaloupe melons, sunflower seed, apple shaped pears, water melons, medlars and cashmere
- Last modified on Oct. 11, 2020 -
Questions & Answers on Banyannur / Bayannaoer Travel
Asked by Saberah | Oct. 10, 2020 20:44Reply
Is halal food available for Muslims in Banyannur?
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Answered by Charlotte | Oct. 11, 2020 23:22
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Don't worry. You can find halal food restaurants in that place. :)
Asked by Magda from BELGIUM | Feb. 18, 2018 09:48Reply
Mongolian homestay
We would like to visit grasslands around Bayannur . Are there homestays and how can we reach them? We will arrive in Bayannur by plane .
Contact info of a good driver?
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Answered by Dylan from USA | Feb. 22, 2018 20:24
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You are suggested to visit Urat Grassland by private car, and the fare is about CNY200 or so.
Asked by robbie from PANAMA | Jan. 17, 2014 08:35Reply
can someone please tell me what the year-round weather is like in Bayannur ?
is it cold, moderate, do they have summer ? i teach english and a school wants me to come there … but i do not like cold weather !! noooo way :)
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Answered by Luna from CHINA | Jan. 17, 2014 21:15
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It hosts Temperate Continental Monsoon Climate, with sufficient sunshine throughout the year. There is little rainfall, and it will be windy. The lowest temperature is around -15C in Jan. and the highest tempertaure is in July, around 25C.
Answered by Robbie from PANAMA | Jan. 18, 2014 20:46
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,thank you Luna, do you live in that area or know about it? is it windy all the time ?
does it snow in the winter ?
Asked by Peter | Oct. 04, 2013 05:28Reply
How do I get to the wuliangsuhai lake?
ANy idea how do I get there from the city of bayannur? I have asked the information desk downstairs yet got no helpful answers. I like a practical way of how to get there.
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Answered by Echo from SOUTH AFRICA | Oct. 07, 2013 22:52
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U can take a bus to Urad Front Banner (Wulate Qianqi) first. Upon arrival, transfer another direct bus to the Wuliangsuhai. Or take a taxi at Urad Front Banner to reach, spending around CNY60 on taxi.
Asked by Mr.Marco Fedele from ITALY | Apr. 18, 2010 05:24Reply
Sir,
I would know if there are buses ti Ejin Qi (Khara Koto, 黑城 Hēichng)from Bayannur, and how long takes the trip.
Any special permit is required for foreigners?
Thank you,
Marco Fedele
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Answered by Mr.Sandy | May. 02, 2010 03:15
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You can take bus from Bayannur (Linhe) to Dalaihubu Town, Ejin Qi. Then it is about 10km from Heicheng. It takes about 12 hours from Linhe to Ejin. Foreigner are forbidden to go to ejin from Jiuquan. It is possible to go from Bayannur. It seems border permit is not necessary now. Take your ID card, visa and passport, whatever. There is the possibilty for foreigner visitors to be dissuaded while going to Ejin. Mostly, it is fine.
Answered by Richard from SWITZERLAND | Jun. 03, 2013 22:18
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Hi,

Is this still the case that you would not need a permit from Bayannur to go to Ejin (Heicheng)? Do you know any good hotels around Ejin/Heicheng?

Thank you.

Best,
Richard
Answered by Marco Fedele from ITALY | Jun. 04, 2013 03:31
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Hi Richard,
I went to Ejin Qi by bus two years ago, and no permit was needed.
Opposite the bus station there is a new hotel: as I arrived there after 7 hours of bus, I immediately checked-in and so I don't know if there are other hotels in the city, but that one is fully satisfactory.
Bargain hard for taxi to Kharakoto: it is30 km away from Ejin Qi by an easy paved new road....
Cheers,
Marco
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