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Top 10 Things to Do in and around Hohhot – the “Green City” in Inner Mongolia

Hohhot is the capital city of Inner Mongolia, meaning “green city” in Mongolian. Only 2 hours away by train from Beijing, it is most famously known for the vast grasslands in and around the city. They are great getaways for those who want a break from city life.

Hohhot is also an attractive tourist destination because of its unique cultural landscape. You will distinctly feel the blend of Mongolian and Han Chinese influences in the many temples and museums. From local cuisines to traditional clothing, the Mongolian and nomadic culture will be something you’ve never experienced before.

If you’re planning your Hohhot tour, we recommend these top 10 things to do in and around Hohhot.


1. Experience Traditional Mongolian Life on Gegentala Grassland

One of the most classic things to do in Hohhot is visiting the rolling grasslands. The Gegentala Grassland is just outside of Hohhot. The boundless grassland under a clear sky will make you forget about where you come from and lose yourself in nature’s wonder.

Spend a day or two to fully experience the nomadic lifestyle. Live in a yurt, ride horses, and indulge in a delicious Mongolian barbecue under the stars.

There are other grasslands nearby Hohhot including Huitengxile Grassland and Xilamuren Grassland.

Hohhot Gegentala Grassland
Gegentala Grassland

2. Experience the Excitement of Horse Racing Festival

Horse racing is one of the most loved games of the Mongolian people, an integral part of their culture. Get involved with local life by attending a horse racing festival which is held throughout the summer months. Get on the boundless grassland, keep your spirit high, and cheer with the crowd. The incredible skill and agility of both the riders and their steeds will surely impress you.


3. Marvel at the Dazhao Temple

If you’re wondering about what to see in Hohhot, Dazhao Temple is definitely worth a visit. It was built in 1580 during the Ming Dynasty, and is Hohhot’s oldest and largest Buddhist temple. Its magnificent architecture has a blend of Han Chinese and Tibetan styles.

The most impressive features at Dazhao Temple are the “Three Marvelous Treasures.” The Silver Buddha is an 8.2-foot (2.5-meter) tall silver statue of Sakyamuni Buddha. The carved dragons are on the huge golden pillars by the statue. There are also beautifully painted murals on the temple walls.

Inner Mongolia Dazhao Temple
Dazhao Temple

4. Take a Step Back in Time at the Inner Mongolia Museum

If you want to learn about the history of the region when you travel to Hohhot in Inner Mongolia, pay a visit to the Inner Mongolia Museum. It houses more than 100,000 sets of collections on the history of Inner Mongolia from the Stone Ages till modern times.

There are ancient artifacts from mining, fossils of plant life and dinosaurs, as well as ethnic costumes. Gaining a deeper understanding of the culture and history that have shaped Hohhot city will make your trip more meaningful.


5. Treasure Hunt at the Hohhot Antique Market

The Hohhot Antique Market will present you with plenty of eye-catching items. One of the most fun things to do in Hohhot is to dig through the stands owned by locals for Mongolian handicrafts, such as silver jewelry, leather goods, and colorful textiles. They make unique souvenirs for family and friends.

Hohhot Antique Market
Hohhot Antique Market

6. Savor the Flavors of Hohhot’s Local Cuisine

The vast grasslands provide excellent conditions for farming cattle and sheep. When you travel to Hohhot, make sure to try Mongolian special dishes like roasted lamb, milk tea, dumplings, and hand-pulled noodles. Shaomai, in particular, is a type of steamed dumpling filled with juicy meat.


7. Take a Scenic Hike at the Daqing Mountain

Get closer to nature and take a hike in Daqing Mountain. It is only a short drive from Hohhot, and is a National Nature Reserve with lush forests and diverse wildlife. There is a variety of hiking trails to choose from depending on your preference. The panoramic mountain view is gorgeous, especially at sunset.

Inner Mongolia Daqing Mountain
Daqing Mountain

8. Admire the Five-Pagoda Temple

The Five-Pagoda Temple stands out from all the other temples because of its structure. The five pagodas are built on an elevated base with one in the center and four in the corners. You can climb up to have a closer look at the pagodas and their carvings. In the back of the structure, there is also a fascinating Mongolian astronomical map.


9. Visit the Hohhot Mosque and Muslim Quarter

There is an active Muslim community in Hohhot. Visit the Hohhot Mosque and the nearby Muslim Quarter to get a taste of the local life. The mosque has beautiful architecture that mixes Islamic and Chinese styles. You are welcome to sample some halal dishes in the bustling market.


10. Relax in the Hot Springs at Tumd Left Banner

If you’re considering what to do in Hohhot that won’t take up too much energy. The perfect place is in the mountains in Tumd Left Banner. There are natural hot springs rich in minerals. You can take a day off during your trip and rejuvenate your body and mind.

Hohhot Tumd Left Banner Hot Springs
Tumd Left Banner Hot Springs

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