Xilingol League Travel Guide

Xilingol (Xilinguole) Travel Guide

Xilingol League Facts

Chinese Name: 锡林郭勒盟 (xī lín guō lè méng)
Population: 1,054,800
Area: 203,000 square kilometers (78,379 square miles)
Location: in the central area of Inner Mongolia, north China
Administrative Division: 1 county (Duolun); 9 banners: (Abag Banner, Sunite Left Banne, Sunite Right Banner, East Ujimqin Banner, West Ujimqin Banner, Taibus Banner, Xianghuang Banner, Zhengxiangbai Banner, Zhenglan Banner); 2 county-level cities: (Xilinhot, Erenhot)
Area Code: 0479
Zip Code: 026000
GDP (2019): CNY 79.859 billion (USD 11.575 billion)
Nationalities: Han, Mongol, Hui, Man, Chaoxian, Daur, Ewenke

Famous for Magnificent Grassland Scenery

Situated in the central region of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, Xilingol, also known as Xilinguole, is bounded to the north by Mongolia and Zhangjiakou and Chengde of Hebei Province to the south. Within Inner Mongolia, it borders Ulanqab to the west, Chifeng, Hinggan and Tongliao to the east. Xilinguole, literally means the river on the vast grassland in Mongolian, famous for its magnificent grassland scenery. Blue sky, white clouds, winding rivers through grasslands and white yurts make up an impressive and spectacular picture. Many tourism projects have been developed to offer a wonderful travel experience such as riding horse or camel, herding sheep, watching costume performances and experiencing local life. If you have enough time, you can plan a border tour. The Xilinguole Grassland is also one of China’s most beautiful grasslands whose high-quality forage raises many cattle, sheep and horses, so Xilinguole is also a major livestock product base.

Xilingol Attractions  - Things to Do

Xilingol is the nearest pasturing area to the Beijing and Tianjin areas. Grand grasslands, relics of dinosaur and ancient residence of Kublai are main attractive scenic spots in Xilingol. 
 Xilingol Grassland is the most representative grassland in a temperate climatic zone in China. It is a national grassland nature reserve, being a fabulous destination to ride on horseback freely and experience the country life of a nomad. 
 Xilingol was a homeland for dinosaurs hundreds of millions of years ago. Dinosaur National Park in Erenhot City is a national 4A level scenic spot famous for its abundant and rare dinosaur fossils. Nowadays, this park establishes a special exhibition museum in order to display the relics of dinosaurs. Besides, the largest and most intact dinosaur fossil was discovered in Sunite You Qi. This well-known source of dinosaur fossils is the desolate area 9 kilometers (5.6 miles) northeast of Erenhot. 
 The Site of Xanadu was the capital of the Mongol Empire in the early Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368). First established in 1256, the prominent position of Xanadu in history is as famous as the ancient city of Pompeii in Italy. In 2012, this place was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. 

How to Get to/around Xilingol

Xilinhot Airport is situated in the western part of the city of Xilinhot, operating daily flights to Beijing, Hohhot and Halaer (center area of Hulunbeier City) as well as some provisional tourist flights to other big cities. 

Erenhot Saiwusu International Airport  is located near Saiwusu Town, Erenhot City, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, about 27 kilometers (17 miles) southeast of Erenhot City and 32 kilometers (20 miles) from the Mongolian border. The airport has opened flights to/from Beijing, Ulanqab and Hohhot.
The four railways in Xilinguole stretch to the capital city of Inner Mongolia and to almost all the vital towns inside the league, connecting the railway system in Outer Mongolia. There are also three national highways and eight provincial highways that make up the backbone of its road transportation. 
Xilinhaote Bus Station is the transportation hub of Xilingol. It is located on Nadamu Da Jie. Near the railway station at the junction of provincial highways No.101 and 207, the western station mainly operates buses to places inside Inner Mongolia.

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Xilingol enjoys a typical temperate semi-arid continental climate featuring strong wind, aridity and chilliness. Spring and autumn are short, and winter is long. There is no summer heat, and annual average temperatures are around 0 - 3 C (32 - 37.4 F).
 When to Go: Recently, sandstorms have occurred more frequently in spring and autumn. Therefore, June to August is the best season to visit Xilingol.

Xilingol Travel Tips

 History: Early in the Shang Dynasty (16th -11th century BC), nomad tribes moved to this area. It was always inhabited by ethnic minorities from Northern China and was governed by regimes established by these minorities. The Qin Dynasty (221BC-206BC) founded shires to administer the region temporarily. As the secondary capital of the Yuan Dynasty (1279-1368), Xinlingol was an important central city at that time.
 Physical Features: Its terrain slopes downward from the south to the north. Low mountains and hills in the southern and eastern regions of Xilingol are offshoots of the western extension of the Daxing'anling Mountains and the eastern extension of the Yishan Mountains. The land is flat in the northern and western regions with some hills and lava mesas scattered around.
 Special Local Products: Mongolia mushroom, Russian olive, mutton, beef
 Food and Drink: People living in the pasture area of Inner Mongolia like eating mutton and dairy. For drinks, they like Mongolian milk tea, yoghurt and koumiss (fermented milk).

- Last modified on Jun. 03, 2020 -
Questions & Answers on Xilingol Travel
Asked by May from USA | Mar. 16, 2018 13:23Reply
How do i get from downtown area to the Erenhot Airport?
My flight leaves at 11pm. Thanks.
Answers (1)
Answered by Peter from UNITED KINGDOM | Mar. 18, 2018 21:46

Well, you are suggested to take a taxi back to the airport, which takes about 50mins and CNY 100 or so.
Asked by Jay from CHINA | Dec. 26, 2017 22:04Reply
I’m now at Hailaer, I’d like to visit Xilinhot,how to get there?
I checked it out before there’s no direct train nor flight from Hailaer
Answers (1)
Answered by Uranda from MALAYSIA | Dec. 27, 2017 00:50

U may consider the long distance bus. One departure is available every other day from Hailaer Coach Station. The bus fare is CNY330. I remember the duration is 12-13h.
Asked by Morgane from CHINA | Aug. 30, 2016 05:07Reply
I am planning to go Inner Mongolia for a few days during Golden Week (1st to 5th of Oct).
I live in China and I am aware it will already be pretty cold, but are they still activies to do at that time of the year?
What city do you recommend? Are horse-riding and sleeping in a yurt still possible?
I am looking for an authentic experience, I don't know if that helps, but I can speak Chinese.
Thank you very much in advance for your advice.
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Answered by Angela from ITALY | Sep. 01, 2016 01:35

In October, the temperature may range from 45F to 60F, and it may fluctuate greatly between day and night. You are advised to take jackets, sweaters, shirts, sneakers, and sunglasses.

You can go to see beautiful poplar forest, Juyan Lake,and Strange Forest at Ejina Banner, and the grassland at Xilingol. Horse riding and sleeping in a yurt are still available then. It helps a lot if you can speak Chinese.
Have a nice trip!
Asked by Frank Boyd from USA | May. 23, 2016 22:49Reply
How can I reach the Xilinguole grasslands from Xilinhot airport?
Is there a bus or how much does a private car or taxi cost?
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Answered by Ali from GERMANY | May. 24, 2016 04:21

Well, the whole city is located on the grassland. Please note that the grassland is very vast, covering an area of about 78,400 square miles (203,000 square kilometers). The best parts are in Xiwu Banner and Dongwu Banner. Hence, you can take a taxi to Xilinhot Bus Station for CNY 50-70. Then, take a coach to either of them. :)
Answered by frank from USA | May. 25, 2016 19:56

Thanks. Any ideas on renting a yurt for a few nights?
Answered by Ali | May. 26, 2016 02:12

You can stay at the yurt there to experience the authentic nomadic lifestyle. It may cost CNY 300-500 per night. But I am afraid that you cannot rent it. Sorry for that.
Answered by frank from USA | May. 26, 2016 02:37

Thanks. How do I book a yurt to spend a few nights?
Answered by Ali | May. 26, 2016 03:20

Online reservation is unavailable. Just walk in and check in upon arrival. The locals are very friendly and hospitable. Don't worry! :)
Answered by frank from USA | May. 26, 2016 21:43

Great, thank you.
Asked by mausar from ITALY | May. 02, 2016 04:01Reply
is it possible to rent a car in xilinhot and visit the region myself?
please, provide rental car company contacts
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Answered by Faron from UNITED KINGDOM | May. 02, 2016 04:33

I’m afraid you cannot rental a car and drive by yourself, for you have no Chinese driving license. I suggest you hire a car with driver who is also familiar with the road condition and sightseeing. I just know a local Yuzhong Car Rental Company. You may dial 0479 8289993 to consult directly.
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