Hinggan (Xing'an)Travel Guide
Chinese Name: 兴安盟 (xīng ān méng)
Area: 59,806 square kilometers (20,391 square miles)
Location: in the northeast of Inner Mongolia, north China
Administrative Division: 1 county (Tuquan); 3 banners (Keerqin Youyi Qian Banner, Keerqin Youyi Zhong Banner, Zhalaite Banner); 2 county-level cities (Wulanhot, Aershan)
Area Code: 0482
Zip Code: 137400
GDP (2018): CNY 47.248 billion (USD 7.140 billion)
Nationalities: Mongol, Han, Man, Chaoxian, Hui
Beautiful Ecological Tourism Destination
Hinggan, also Xing'an, is situated in the northeastern area of the Inner Mongolian Autonomous Region in the neighborhood of Heilongjiang, Jilin, Mongolia to the northeast, southeast and northwest. Within Inner Mongolia, it neighbors Tongliao, Xilingol and Hulunbeier. Hinggan has vast grasslands, green and lush forests and broad wetlands. Forest landscape of the Daxing'anling Mountains and Qarsan (Chaersen) National Forest Park, strong flavor of Mongol ethnic minority in Keerqin Grassland and Genghis Khan Temple show the best natural and historical beauty of Hinggan. The best time to visit Hinggan is from June to August.
Hinggan Attractions - Things to Do
Aershan, aka Arxan, is a city with perfect volcanoes and hot springs, which form the picturesque Aershan National Geopark. Arxan National Forest Park, the core tourist area of the geopark, has dense primeval forests and various volcano relics. The Heavenly Lake in the park is a crater lake formed by a volcano and ranks in the top six heavenly lakes in China. In winter, the Aershan Skiing Resort is an excellent destination.
How to Get to/around Hinggan
When to Go: April to October is the most favourable time to visit Hinggan.
Hinggan Travel Tips
History: Before the Tang (618-907) Court established three government offices to administrate this area, it was inhabited by nomad tribes of Donghu and Xianbei. Hinggan is Manchu for hills, and it gained its name for its location in the middle of the Daxing'anling Mountains.
Physical Features: Hinggan is situated in the transition area from the Daxing'anling Mountains to the Songnen Plain. Mountainous and hilly areas make up ninety-five percent of its total land area. From the northwest to the southeast, there are medium mountains, low mountains, hills and plains distributed in descending order.
Special Local Products: deer antler, bitter almond, black melon seed, edible fungus, dairy, ornaments and handcrafst of the Mongol ethnic minority (Mongolian knife, carpet, cap)