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Huitengxile Grassland

Huitengxile Grassland, located in Inner Mongolia, is a vast and scenic grassland area that offers visitors a unique chance to experience the natural beauty and cultural heritage of Mongolia. With its verdant meadows, crystal-clear streams, and rolling hills, Huitengxile Grassland is a paradise for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers. In this article, we will explore the top attractions and activities in Huitengxile Grassland, the best time to visit, and how to get there.

  • Location: in Chahar Right Middle Banner, Ulanqab, Inner Mongolia, about 110 km (68 miles) from Hohhot and 185 km (115 miles) from Baotou
  • Opening time: 08:30-18:00
  • Ticket price: Free for the grassland, but some attractions may require an entrance fee
  • Time Needed: half day to 2 days
  • Best time to visit: June to September
  • Suited to: nature enthusiasts and photographers
Hohhot Huitengxile Grassland
Huitengxile Grassland

Overview of Huitengxile Grassland

Huitengxile Grassland, situated in Inner Mongolia, China, is a unique and picturesque alpine meadow. The name “the cold plateau” in the Mongolian language reflects its average altitude of over 1,800 meters (5,900 feet). It is considered one of the world’s top-preserved alpine meadows, along with the Alps and the Andes. Huitengxile Grassland spans over 60,000 hectares (148,000 acres) and features 99 natural lakes that are spread across the grassland, creating a captivating contrast of green and blue.

Huitengxile Grassland is a haven for nature enthusiasts and photographers, particularly from June to September, when the grassland is adorned with vibrant flowers. The Yellow Flowers Valley is the most well-known attraction, stretching over 10 kilometers (6 miles) and boasting a magnificent geo-park with various rock formations. Apart from admiring the scenery, visitors can also immerse themselves in Mongolian culture and traditions, such as horse riding, archery, wrestling, bonfire parties, and the Nadam Fair.

 

What to See and Do in Huitengxile Grassland

1. Experience the unique Mongolian culture:

Engage in an array of activities such as horse racing, wrestling, archery, local ethnic weddings, the Aobao festival, and bonfire parties that take place on the grassland, providing an opportunity to learn about Mongolian culture and traditions.

Huitengxile Horse Ride
Have a thrilling horse riding experience on Huitengxile

2. Explore the vast natural grassland:

Take a horseback ride, or opt for a sightseeing train or cable car to explore the vast grassland in a more relaxed way. For an adrenaline rush, try grass skiing! The options for fun activities are plentiful and sure not to disappoint.

3. Admire the natural wonders:

Huitengxile Grassland boasts an impressive array of geological formations, making it akin to a natural museum with complex and diverse structures. It is a remnant of ancient glaciation that was subsequently elevated by a crust fracture.

The Yellow Flowers Valley, which extends over 10 kilometers (6 miles) and features a remarkable geo-park with various rock formations, is the most renowned attraction. Additionally, you can explore the Shencong Ditch, One-Mirror Sky, Goddess Cave, and Huitengxile Wind Power Plant to observe more of nature’s breathtaking masterpieces.

Inner Mongolia Yellow Flower Valley Hike
Hike in Yellow Flower Valley

Best Time to Visit Huitengxile Grassland

The ideal time to visit Huitengxile Grassland is from June to September when the grassland is transformed into a lush green carpet, decorated with yellow flowers. During this time, the average temperature is approximately 18°C (64°F), but there is a significant difference in temperature between day and night. It is recommended to bring a light jacket to stay warm during night activities and apply sunblock to protect your skin from the intense sunlight.

 

Attractions nearby Huitengxile Grassland

  • Xilamuren Grassland: Another beautiful grassland area in Inner Mongolia, known for its stunning scenery and authentic Mongolian culture.
  • Genghis Khan Mausoleum: Located in Ordos City, this site is the final resting place of the legendary Mongol ruler, Genghis Khan.
  • Kubuqi Desert: Visit the Kubuqi Desert, known for its unique landscapes, sand dunes, and oases.

 

How to Get to Huitengxile Grassland

By Car: The most convenient way to reach Huitengxile Grassland is by car, which takes around 2-3 hours from Hohhot or Baotou.

By Bus: There are regular buses from Hohhot or Baotou to Huitengxile Grassland, which take around 3-4 hours.

By Train: Take a train to Xilinhot Railway Station, and then hire a car or taxi to reach Huitengxile Grassland, which takes around 30 minutes.

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