Tongliao Travel Guide

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Tongliao Facts

Chinese Name: 通辽 (tōng liáo)
Population: 3,163,600
Area: 59,835 square kilometers (23,102 square miles)
Location: in the east of Inner Mongolia, north China
Administrative Division: 1 district (Keerqin); 1 county (Kailu); 5 banners (Kulun Banner, Naiman Banner, Zhalute Banner, Keerqin Left Wing and Central Banner, Keerqin Right Wing, Behind Banner); 1 county-level city (Huolinguole)
Area Code: 0475
Zip Code: 028000
GDP (2018): CNY 130.16 billion (USD 19.67 billion)
Nationalities: Mongol, Han, Man, Hui, Chaoxian, Daur

An Important Animal Husbandry Production Base

Situated in the east part of the Inner Mongolia, Tongliao City is bordered by Jilin and Liaoning provinces to the east and the south. It neighbors Chifeng City to the west, situated at the convergence of Northeast China and North China. Tongliao is a fertile land both for agriculture and animal husbandry, and also the habitat of many wild animals, such as red-crowned cranes, white stork, sika deer and sable.

Endless grasslands, rich Mongolian customs and great Nadam Fair are the most essential parts of Tongliao travel. As an important Mongolian traditional festival, Nadam Fair from July to August is attractive with performances and sport events including wrestling, archery and horse racing. Visitors can also enjoy the Horqin printmaking in Tongliao Printmaking Art Center, which is mainly based on the production and life of Mongolian people, featuring realistic content, simple style, rough lines, fresh colors and strong ethnic and regional characteristics.

Tongliao Attractions - Things to Do

Zhurihe Grassland Tour Zone

Like a gem inlaid in the hinterland of the Keerqin Grassland, Zhurihe Grassland Tour Zone is a comprehensive attraction combining magnificent pastoral view and the Mongolian folklore with strong local flavor. The Keerqin Grassland Horse Race Festival is held there annually. 
Admission Fee CNY 40
Transportation take bus from Tongliao bus station to Zhurihe Town and then hire a van to the grassland tour zone.

Fuyuan Temple

Located in Kulun Town of Kulun Banner, it is a Lama temple combining with Lamaism school built in 1742, and its name was christened by Emperor Qianlong of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). Grand summons ceremonies will be held every quarter of a year. 
 Other Scenic Spots in/near Tongliao: Daqinggou Ecological Tour Zone, Xingyuan Temple

How to Get to Tongliao

1. Tongliao Bus Station is seated in Nanshun Dajie, opposite the railway station,  Keerqin District. Generally, visitors can reach Tongliao in 4 hours from Jilin and 5 hours from Shenyang. The way from downtown Tongliao to the Keerqin Grassland will cost two hours. Tourist buses in the city proper will help visitor to the Fuyuan Temple.
2. Tongliao Airport is 10 kilometers (6 miles) southwest of the downtown area. Airport buses are available. The airport has opened domestic and international flights to/from Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Xi’an, Chongqing, Dalian, Tianjin, Jinan, Zhengzhou, Changchun, Yantai, Hohhot, Erdos, Harbin, Hailar, Ulan Bator, Bangkok…



Enjoying a temperate continental climate, Tongliao has dry and windy spring, short and hot summer, cool autumn and chilly winter. Usually, intense rainfall concentrates on summer. In addition, Tongliao has abundant wind energy.
 When to Go: Generally, winter is seldom suggested for visitors. Beauty of the sceneries at the rest of the year may cater for their different aesthetic needs.

Tongliao Travel Tips

 History: Tongliao is one of the headstreams of Mongolian nation. As early as five thousand years ago, Keerqin Grassland was inhabited and the ancients living there entered the slave society. It belonged to the Yan Kingdom during the Spring and Autumn Period (770BC-476BC) and is brought into the territory of the Qin Dynasty (221BC-206BC) after the union of China.
 Physical Features: Tongliao stands at the west of the Songliao Plain, Its northern part lies in the offshoot area of the Great Xing'an Mountains (Daxing'anling). Alluvial plains constitute the central part of the City, and the south and west territory is made up of low hills, ravines and sandy swamps.
 Local Highlights:
Keerqin Horse Race Festival (18th August in the Zhurihe Grassland, Keerqin Left Wing and Central Banner)
Andai (Dance) Arts Festival (July in Kulun Banner)
 Special Local product: Hanshan white cashmere, Merino fine sheep wool, Keerqin beef, Kulun buckwheat

- Last updated on Aug. 14, 2022 -
Questions & Answers on Tongliao Travel
Asked by Tofu from CHINA | Sep. 07, 2019 15:30Reply
We will be in Tongliao city. How best get to the grasslands?
We don't want to stay in a yurt. Any hotels around? Thanks
Answers (1)
Answered by Raul from CANADA | Sep. 09, 2019 18:16

You can go to Agula Grassland. Most people choose road trip so you can hire a car to travel around.
Asked by Gadijah from SOUTH AFRICA | Nov. 14, 2018 22:04Reply
Is there a flight from Beijing to Tongliao? If not, how?
Answers (3)
Answered by Zoe from USA | Nov. 15, 2018 18:33

Yes, there are about 2 flights from Beijing to Tongliao every day; one departs at 07:00 at Nanyuan Airport, and the other takes off at 17:45 or 18:00 at Beijing Capital Airport.
Answered by Gadijah from SOUTH AFRICA | Nov. 16, 2018 01:10

Thank you
Answered by Friedheim Max | Aug. 14, 2022 06:50

You can take air in Beijing Daxing International Airport or Beiging Capital International Airport
Asked by EM from AUSTRALIA | Mar. 16, 2018 09:59Reply
Can you tell me if there are flowers like the cherry blossoms in April in Tongliao?
Are the grasslands and camels around in April or is it too cold? Thank you for your help!We are coming from Jilin - and hope to spend maybe 2 days... What do you think we can do in two days? Thank you!! OR would you recommend a different part of Inner Mongolia to travel to for flowers and camels... sorry if this sounds silly :)
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Answered by Flora from FRANCE | Mar. 19, 2018 02:44

You may go to the Liaohe Park to appreciate the Peach Flowers.
For the two days’ visit, you can visit some local grasslands, like Horqin Grassland, Zhurihe Grassland and the upland meadow in Jarud Banner.
Answered by E from AUSTRALIA | Mar. 19, 2018 04:39

Thank you for your reply!! We will definitely try it out!!
Asked by zara from CHANCHUN | Mar. 26, 2017 19:52Reply
is there bus or train to get from Changchun to Tongliao? And how hours and how much? thx.
Answers (1)
Answered by Jackson from UNITED KINGDOM | Mar. 27, 2017 22:13

By Train: Take the normal speed train from Changchun Railway Station to TL Railway Station. The train schedules are 10:36, 10:55 and 19:40. The duration is 5 to 7 hours. The ticket fare of soft sleeper is CNY146.5, hard sleeper is CNY100.5 and hard seat is CNY46.5.

By Coach: Take it from Changchun Kaixuan Road Bus Station. The bus schedules are 06:00, 08:00, 09:05, 10:05, 12:00, 13:30, 15:00 and 17:15. The ticket fare is CNY 71-91 per person. It takes around 7 hours on the way.
Asked by menghua from MNONGOLIA | Dec. 25, 2015 20:34Reply
ni hao! is there a bus from tongliao to erenhot? how many hours does it take?
i need to know :)
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Answered by Bruce | Dec. 26, 2015 03:14

Yes, there is only one at 16:30. Ticket fare is CNY 230 and duration is about 14-15 hours.
Answered by menghua from MONGOLIA | Dec. 27, 2015 00:38

only 16:30? really? how much is the ticket?
Answered by Juma | Jan. 13, 2016 03:01

Yes, only the 16:30 is available and it costs almost CNY230 per person.
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