Ordos Travel Guide
Chinese Name: 鄂尔多斯 (è ěr duō sī)
Area: 86,752 square kilometers (33,495 square miles)
Location: in the southwest of Inner Mongolia, north China
Administrative Division: 2 districts (Dongsheng, Kangbashi); 7 banners (Dalad Banner, Junggar Banner, Otog Front Banner, Otog Banner, Hangjin Banner, Uxen Banner, Ejin Horo Banner)
Area Code: 0477
Zip Code: 017000
GDP (2018): CNY 376.32 billion (USD 56.87 billion)
Nationalities: Mongol, Han, Hui, Man, Chaoxian
Highlighting Genghis Khan's Mausoleum
Lying in the southwest of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, Ordos is encircled by the Yellow River in the north, the west and the east. It is separated from Shaanxi and Shanxi in the south by the Great Wall. Together with Hohhot and Baotou, the three cities constitute the economic triangle of this region. Ordos, which means many palaces in Mongolian, has the strongest economic strength in Inner Mongolia. China's largest modern coal chemical industry base is situated here and Ordos’s output of cashmere products accounts for about one-third of the whole country.
Here, you can see the vast Kubuqi Desert, or ride horses, watch local performances, and taste the freshest roasted whole sheep in the yurt in the Ordos Grassland. The famous Genghis Khan's Mausoleum offers you a chance to know about Genghis Khan’s stories and experience the grand and solemn Genghis Khan ceremony. The spectacular Kangbashi music fountain from 20:00 to 21:00 in the evening will definitely bring your Ordos day trip to a climax. It is one of the largest musical fountains in the world whose maximum spray height can reach 209 meters (686 feet).
Ordos Attractions - Things to Do
Other Scenic Spots: Engbei Ecological Tourist area, Ordos Relict Gull Nature Reserve
How to Get to Beijing, Hohhot & Baotou from Ordos
Ordos belongs to typical temperate continental climate with clear four seasons and abundant sunshine. The rainfall is infrequent and mainly concentrates on the period between July and September. Spring is the season often blowing sand and dust storm.
When to Go: Summer and autumn are the best seasons to pay a visit for the weather is cool and the dust storm is slight.
Ordos Travel Tips
History: Ordos, formerly Ih Ju League, is numerous palaces in Mongolian. People living there 35,000 years ago created colorful culture. Before the Qin Dynasty (221BC-206BC) established shires and counties to administrate this area, Ih Ju League was entirely or partly governed by some nomadic tribes. In the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), the Ordos Tribe was divided into 6 leagues.
Physical Features: Located in the upper reaches of the Yellow River, Ordos is in the hinterland of the Ordos Plateau. The terrain is higher in the western plateau area and lower in the eastern hilly area. The north part of Ordos is alluvial plain and the central land is the Muus Desert and the Khoqi Desert.
Local Highlights: Every year in the August, the Nadam Fair is held in the prairie resorts of Ordos.
Special Local Products: cashmere, oleaster, Malus micromalus
You can take coach from Dongsheng District Passenger Center Station, and get off at Baotou Sing Sang Ravine Flyover. Then take a taxi to the scenic area directly.
You can fly to Beijing first. Then transfer to another flight to Ordos.
2. What's your budget about your accommodation?
You can go to Erdous Hotel. The price is about CNY 200 per night. It has clean environment and warm service. The hotel is located at 1 Yijinhuoluo West Street. Hope you like.
3. Genghis Khan's Mausoleum is the muse-see. You will appreciated the deep cultural relics. In addition, Singing Sand Ravine, Engbei Ecological Tourist area and Ordos Relict Gull Nature Reserve are also good choices for you. Have a good trip!