Genghis Khan & Beautiful Grassland Discovery Tour
In Inner Mongolia, nothing is more compelling than the unique natural landscape. The vast grassland and desert contribute to the unique charm of the land. The grassland in northern Inner Mongolian is known as the largest in China. If you’d like to explore the grassland the three best choices are the Hulun Buir, Qilinguole grassland and Xilamuren grassland. Under the sky, the grassland is made up of scattered yurts and flocks of sheep. There, you can take a deep breath and look far into the distance. For people from the cities, everything there is natural, yet close. The deserts are mainly located in the northern part of Inner Mongolia, among which are Badain Jaran Desert, Tengger Desert and Kubuqi Desert are the most famous. Here, you can also experience the simplistic lifestyle of the Mongolian people. Also known as the hometown of Genghis Khan, Inner Mongolia is a home to many places of interest like the Genghis Khan Mausoleum and the tomb of Wang Zhaojun.
Hometown of Genghis Khan, Beautiful Grassland and Inner Mongolian Culture Discovery
Day 1: Hohhot - Arriving in Hohhot early allows you to maximize your Hohhot discovery time. Your day starts with Five-Pagoda Temple, which got its name for the five stupas on a foundation tower. The exquisite stone inscriptions and sculptures will speak to Lamaism culture. Inner Mongolia Museum follows. It is a great place for you to discover Mongol national identity with tens of thousands of historical relics. After lunch at a local fine restaurant you’ll visit the Dazhao Temple. It was built in 1579 and is the Tibetan Buddhist center of Inner Mongolia. The silver Buddha, the inscriptions of dragons, and the murals are three highlights of the temple. Nearby is the Zhaojun Tomb, which is a place to learn about the history of intermarriage in the Han Dynasty that brought peace to two states.
Hotels recommended: luxury hotels - Shangri-La Hotel Hohhot, Shangri-La Hotel Hohhot or similar
Day 2: Hohhot - Today you will ride for about 2.5 hours to Huiteng Xile Grassland. It is a vast grassland combining the gentle elegance of clean water and green hills and the beauty of brutalism only found in Inner Mongolia. Riding a horse to embrace this area will allow you to see the horizon where the grassland and sky meet. After, lunch is arranged at a local yurt. Later in the afternoon, you’ll go back to the city and visit Islam Street. It is a street in the Muslim quarter where 70% of Hohhot’s Hui people live. You can experience Muslim culture and taste the halal food.
Day 3: Hohhot/Ordos - We will ride to Ordos, which will take about 3.5 hours to get to. En route you will bypass Sounding Sand Bay in the desert. There, you’ll find a sand bay of 500 meters long sitting on the west and east, the dune is as high as 110 meters with a slope of 40 degrees. The sands roar if one slides down from the top of the dune, giving it the name of Sounding Sand. You can ride a horse or slide on the sand to experience it up close.
Hotels recommended: luxury hotels - Howard Johnson Parkview Plaza Ordos, Crowne Plaza Ordos or similar
Day 4: Ordos/Baotou - After breakfast you’ll hear the Mausoleum of Genghis Khan. The Mausoleum houses the accessories and dresses but no bodies as Mongolians have “secret burials”. Inside the Mausoleum, there are huge murals displaying scenes of Genghis Khan’s e.g. birth, death, fights and union of Mongolia etc. The Historical and Cultural Museum inside the is also the only one in the world to collect, display and study Mongolian history and culture. After lunch, you will go westwards to Baotao and visit Wudangzhao Lamasery, a Tibetan Buddhism Palace. Its construction scale is larger than others because it holds political importance and has the greatest influence in all of Mongolia.
Hotels recommended: luxury hotels - Shangri-La Hotel Baotou or similar
Day 5: Baotou - With the knowledge you’ve gained on Genghis Khan you can wave goodbye . Your guide and driver will escort you to the airport for your next destination.
Meals: breakfast included in the hotel, fine local restaurants for lunch or dinner upon your request
- Note: the Genghis Khan & Beautiful Grassland Discovery tour itinerary mentioned above is only a sample; we can customize this tour to meet your requests.