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Wulanchabu Travel Guide

Wulanchabu 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

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 Jie, Jining District

Useful Telephone Numbers:
Tourist Complaints: 0474-8221074, 8320245
Weather Forecast: 121
Zip Code Inquiry: 184

Bank of China Wulanchabu Branch: Guangming Jie, Jining District
China Post Wulanchabu Branch: 6, San Ma Lu, Jining District

 Location: Located in the central region of the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, 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.

 History: During the Warring States Period (476BC-221BC), the area 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 the city with its offshoots zigzagging in southeastern Wulanchabu. From the north to the south of the city there are several landform types including plateaus, hills, mountains and loess hills.  

 Climate: Situated in the middle temperate climatic zone, Wulanchabu 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℃ (32℉) to 18℃ (64.4℉).

 When to Go: The city is chilly in winter and cool in summer. Summer and autumn are the most favorable seasons to pay a visit.   

 Special Local Products: Jining leather product, Fengzhen black jade, Zhuozishan smoked chicken 

 Attractions:
Wulanchabu has vast picturesque grasslands which are the nearest grasslands resorts to Beijing. Gegentala Grassland is an AAAA 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 Wulanchabu, 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.

 Wulanchabu Travel Tips:
The city 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 one and a half 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.

There are also five railway lines that pass through Wualnchabu City. Erenhot (Erlianhaote), Baotou, and Tongliao in Inner Mongolia, Junggur Basin in Xijiang and Beijing can all be reached from Wulanchabu by train.

In addition, the 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.

The railway station in the city proper operates international lines to Ulan Bator and Moscow. The central bus station of the city is situated on Huaiyuan Lu.