Ulanqab Travel Guide

Ulanqab Facts

Chinese Name: 乌兰察布市 (wū lán chá bù shì)
Population: 2,728,700 
Area: 55,000 square kilometers (10,425 square miles) 
Nationalities: Mongol, Han
 Location: Located in the central region of the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, Ulanqab / Wulanchabu City borders Hebei Province in the east and Shanxi Province in the south. Within Inner Mongolia, it neighbors Xilingol League (Meng) in the northeast and the capital city of the autonomous region, Hohhot in the west. In the north, it shares a boundary with Outer Mongolia.
Administrative Division: 1 district (Jining); 5 counties (Zhuozi, Huade, Shangdu, Xinghe, Liangcheng); 4 qis (Qahar Youyi Qian, Qahar Youyi Zhong, Qahar Youyi Hou, Siziwang); 1 county-level city (Fengzhen)  
Note: Qi (or Banner) is a county-level administrative organ in Inner Mongolia's political divisions. League or Meng is an administrative unit in Inner Mongolia consisting of several qis (or banners).
Seat of the City Government: Wulanchabu Street, Jining District

 Useful Telephone Numbers:
Tourist Complaints: 0474-8221074, 8320245
Weather Forecast: 121
Zip Code Inquiry: 184
 Bank of China: Guangming Jie, Jining District
 China Post: 6, San Ma Lu, Jining District

Ulanqab Attractions - Things to Do

Ulanqab has vast picturesque grasslands which are the nearest grasslands resorts to Beijing. Gegentala Grassland is a national level tourist destination boasting a typical grassland landscape. Huitengxile Grassland is a beautiful alpine meadow with many natural lakes scattered throughout the grassland. The largest wind power plant in Asia also stands in the grassland. 
Among the lakes, Daihai Lake is like a shining pearl inlaid in Ulanqab, and is the third largest freshwater lake in Inner Mongolia. There are many relics and ruins of fossils, villages and ancient towns, as well as parts of the ancient Great Wall and tombs around the lake. It is only four hours' drive from Beijing and an hour from Datong in Shanxi.

How to Get to/around Ulanqab

1. By air: Ulanqab is both easy to get to and to leave due to its accessibility to several surrounding airports which are all connected by expressways. The seat of the city's government, Jining District, is about 150 kilometers (93 miles) or about 1.5 hours from Hohhot Baita Airport, 300 kilometers (186 miles) or three hours from Baotou Airport, and 360 kilometers (224 miles) or four hours from Beijing Capital International Airport. Additionally, Datong Airport is 120 kilometers (75 miles) from the city and Taiyuan Wusu Airport can be reached in about five hours.
2. By train: There are also five railway lines that pass through Ulanqab City. Erenhot (Erlianhaote), Baotou, and Tongliao in Inner Mongolia, Junggur Basin in Xijiang and Beijing can all be reached from Ulanqab by train. Ulanqab Railway Station operates international lines to Ulan Bator and Moscow.
3. By bus/highway: Dandong-Lhasa Expressway, the Erenhot-Hekou (Yunnan Province) and the Hohhot-Hailaer Expressway all run through the city. It takes approximately four hours to drive there from the international inland port of Erenhot, which is an important stop on the passage to Outer Mongolia.


Situated in the middle temperate climatic zone, Ulanqab City has a continental monsoon climate. With the Daqing Mountain as a divisor, the south region is warmer and wetter, while the north is windy. Precipitation is mainly concentrated during the period from July to September. The annual average temperature ranges from 0 C (32 F) to 18 C (64.4 F).
 When to Go: It is chilly in winter and cool in summer in Ulanqab. Summer and autumn are the most favorable seasons to pay a visit. 

Ulanqab Travel Tips

 History: During the Warring States Period (476BC-221BC), Ulanqab was jointly governed by Zhao State and the Hun. The Qin Dynasty (221BC-206BC) brought it into its territory. Later, during the times of war after the national subjugation of the Qin, the Huns occupied most of this area. They founded their supreme organ of authority in present Siziwang Qi. During the hundreds of years since the Song Dynasty (960-1279), several ethnic minorities of Northern China have gone to live there. It was formally named Wulanchabu in the early Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).
 Physical Features: The Daqing Mountain stretches through the central region of Ulanqab with its offshoots zigzagging in southeast of the city. From the north to the south of Ulanqab, there are several landform types including plateaus, hills, mountains and loess hills.  
 Special Local Products: Jining leather product, Fengzhen black jade, Zhuozishan smoked chicken 

- Last modified on Aug. 19, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Ulanqab / Wulanchabu Travel
Asked by Ajay Khandelwal from INDIA | Aug. 17, 2019 02:59Reply
For Indian Chinese/ Mongolian which visa neeeded to visit Ulanqab
Answers (1)
Answered by Zoe from AUSTRALIA | Aug. 19, 2019 00:38

Ulanqab belongs to Inner Mongolia, China, so you need to apply for a China visa in your country in advance.
Asked by Ms.zhang from CHINA | Mar. 06, 2011 19:58Reply
I want some map viewer about my hometown . Thank you!
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Answered by Mr.Rechard | Mar. 06, 2011 22:11

Hi, Ms Zhang, you can try to search for it through google map.
Asked by Mr.king from NZ | Dec. 27, 2010 23:28Reply
Hi,are there many foreigners in Wulanchabu?
I am hoping to arrive in Febuary
All the best,
Geoff King
Answers (1)
Answered by Mr.Dick | Jan. 12, 2011 03:37

yes, it is common to see Russians there.
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