Hulunbuir Travel Guide

Hulunbuir Travel Guide

Hulunbuir Facts

Chinese Name: 呼伦贝尔 (hū lún bèi ěr)
Population: 2,530,100
Area: 252,777 square kilometers (97,598 square miles)
Location: in the north of Inner Mongolia, north China
Administrative Division: 2 districts (Hailaer, Jalainur); 7 banners (Arun Banner, Xin Barag Banner, Xin Barag Right Banner, Xin Barag Left Banner, Oroqen Autonomous Banner, Ewenki Autonomous Banner, Daur Autonomous Banner); 5 county-level Cities (Manzhouli, Zhalantun, Yakeshi, Genhe, Eerguna)
Area Code: 0470
Zip Code: 021000
GDP (2018): CNY 125.29 billion (USD 18.93 billion)
Nationalities: Mongol, Han, Ewenki, Daur, Oroqen, Russ

Hulunbeier Grassland
Vast Prairie in Hulunbuir

Famous for Hulunbuir Grassland

Situated in the northeastern part of the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, Hulunbuir City borders Heilongjiang Province to the east and shares boundaries with Mongolia and Russia to the southwest and northwest. Hulunbuir highlights beautiful natural scenery as well as the exotic customs of Mongolia and Russia. Most of the grassland areas in the south Hulunbuir have developed perfect tourism. Tourists can ride horses, shoot arrows, stay overnight in yurts and taste delicious beef and mutton. The Hulunbuir Prairie with clear blue sky and lush pasture is one of the “World’s Four Largest Prairies”, offering a fabulous grassland photography experience. Besides the wonderful grassland experience, Greater Khingan Mountains is worth special visits as the mountains flame with azaleas in May and are dyed with different colors in September.

Also, the grand Nadam Convention held from July to August should not be missed. The convention includes traditional sports events, such as wrestling, horse racing, and tug of war. Wonderful performances like martial arts also will be showed. The best time to visit Hulunbuir is mid to late May and mid to late September when the temperature is suitable and visitors do not need to endure mosquito bite.

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Hulunbuir Attractions - Things to Do

Yurts on Hulunbeier Grassland
White Yurts on Hulunbuir Prairie
It is probably the finest pasture in China. In the summer, visitors can go horseback riding, view horse racing and attend wrestling matches. Campfire parties featuring whole-sheep feasts are popular. Huhenuoer Grassland and Hulun Lake are the most famous sights in that area. The lake is teeming with fish and shrimp. Hulun is the largest lake in Inner Mongolia and one of the five largest freshwater lakes in China.

Phoenix Villa (Fenghuang Shanzhuang)

It is an excellent winter resort located in the Daxing'anling Mountains. European-style villas with red roofs stand out among the pines and white snow. Additionally, Hailaer National Forest Park and Darbin Lake National Forest Park cater to visitors who feel enthusiasm for the natural greenery and tranquil forests.

How to Get to/around Hulunbuir/Manzhouli by Air

Dongshan Airport is 7 kilometers (4.3 miles) from downtown Hulunbuir. Every week, there are flights to Beijing, Hohhot and Shenzhen. Manzhouli Xijiao International Airport is 9 kilometers (5.6 miles) southwest of Manzhouli City and operates flights to/from Beijing, Tianjin, Hohhot, Harbin, Wudalianchi, Arxan and Ulanhot. There also is airport shuttle bus travel between airport and downtown.


Situated in the continental climatic zone, Hulunbuir is characterized by cool short summer and long chilly winter. The average temperature range during a year is -5 - 2 C (23 - 35.6 F). Precipitation becomes common in June and August.
 When to Go: Mid-May to mid-September and November to February are the best periods to visit the region. The former period is best for viewing the flourishing grassland and latter period is better for viewing the grand snowscape.  Weather in late May and mid-September is generally the most comfortable. From June to August, the grasslands are frequently overrun with swarms of mosquitoes. 

Hulunbuir Travel Tips

 History: During the Western Han Dynasty (206BC-24AD) and the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), many nomadic tribes in North China settled in the vast grassland of Hulunbuir. Today, it is still the homeland of more than thirty ethnic minorities. In 2001, Hulunbuir's status was changed from a league to a city.
 Physical Features: The Daxing'anling Mountains stretch through the central region of Hulunbuir City from the northeast to the southwest. The city is divided into three regions: the grassland in the west; the forest zone in the mountain area and the hill and river valley area in the east.
 Special Local Products: The minority Daur, Oroqen and Ewenki people make products from birch bark. Russian handicrafts are available, too. Locally raised mushrooms, beef and mutton and dairy products are of good quality.
 Local Highlights: Hulunbuir hosts an azalea festival in the spring; a grassland culture and beer festival in the summer; a forest culture festival celebrating Daxing'anling Mountains in the autumn and an ice and snow festival with a strong ethnic flavor in the winter.
- Last updated on Nov. 26, 2020 -
Questions & Answers on Hulunbuir / Hulunbeier Travel
Asked by cheryl from UKRAINE | Nov. 03, 2019 03:16Reply
Hello, I would like to go from Hulunbuir to the Daxing'anling Mountains.
How do I get there? By train? by bus? how much to the nearest point by taxi?
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Answered by Daine from UNITED KINGDOM | Nov. 05, 2019 22:15

Sorry, I didn't find the public transportation between these two places. For your convenience, you are advised to hire a private car.
Asked by Jay from CHINA | Nov. 27, 2017 04:54Reply
Are there any nightlife, like bars or clubs in Hulunbuir, and can I find expats there?
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Answered by Gloria from CANADA | Nov. 27, 2017 21:10

I just know a Live House Bar on Shengli Street. You may go for a try! And if you wanna meet expats, perhaps it is more likely at local hotels like Wangchao Hotel, Tianjiao Hotel and Bojue Hotel. Good luck!
Asked by Tosh from INDONESIA | Aug. 30, 2015 20:15Reply
Trip to Haila'er Grassland
Hi, if i arrive at Haila'er from Beijing on 11 Sep 2015, is it easy to book a tour to the hulunbeier grassland in Haila'er? Are there many tour agencies in Haila'er? i would like to start the tour the next day on 12 Sep. Is that possible? Or better to book in advance? Thanks
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Answered by Fendi from INDONESIA | Sep. 01, 2015 20:39

You’d better book the tour in advance; the tour agencies are limited there, not like that in other hot attraction cities. And there are even less English tour guides. Have you booked a hotel there? If so, you can ask the hotel to help you with the booking. They have easier access to the local agencies and they are familiar with the route. Good luck~
Asked by Nathan from UKRAINE | Jul. 04, 2015 04:08Reply
Hiring a car/driver in Hulunbeier
Hi, I'm about to travel here, but a bit worried about the car and driver situation. DO you have to hire before you go? Or can you hire when you get there?
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Answered by Grace from USA | Jul. 04, 2015 21:53

You can hire the car upon arrival there. Or you can ask your hotel staff to arrange the car rental for you.
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