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Heishantou in Hulunbuir – See the Best Grassland Sunset

Heishantou is a small town in Hulunbuir, Inner Mongolia, at the junction of Hulunbuir Grassland and Ergun Wetland, along the China-Russia border. It has recently attracted lots of tourist attention because of its history and splendid natural scenery.

Fast Facts about Heishantou

  • Location: Heishantou Town, Ergun City, Hulunbuir City, Inner Mongolia
  • Hours: 08:00-18:00
  • Ticket price: CNY 30
  • Recommended visit time: 1 or 2 hours
  • Best time of the year: June to September
  • Suited to: anyone who loves history, culture, and nature

 

Hulunbuir Heishantou
Heishantou in Hulunbuir

What to See and Do in Heishantou

1. Heishantou Ruins

Over 700 years ago, Heishantou was the fief of Hazar, the brother of Genghis Khan. Heishantou Ruins are remnants of the ancient city built by Hazar. With an area of approximately 0.56 square miles (1.5 square kilometers), you can see mounds, walls, moats, and tombs. The ruin site is of great historical value to the Mongolian people, has been designated as a national cultural relic protection unit.

2. Ergun Wetland

Ergun Wetland is the largest and most well-preserved wetland in China and Asia. Its rich biodiversity is incredible, with over 283 species of plant lives, 252 species of mammals, reptiles, and other vertebrates, 230 species of birds, including some endangered species such as red-crowned cranes.

3. Hulunbuir Grassland

If you’re traveling to Hulunbuir in Inner Mongolia, you must see its signature grasslands. Get a taste of nomadic lifestyle at Hulunbuir Grassland. You can go on horseback rides, camp, and hike.

 

Inner Mongolia Hulunbuir Grassland
Hulunbuir Grassland

4. Hazar Lake

Hazar Lake is a perfect place for fishing, boating, and picnics. It’s a serene area near Heishantou Ruins where you can sit by the clear lake water surrounded by lush greenery.

5. Heishantou Museum

Heishantou Museum houses a large collection of historical and cultural artifacts from Han, Tang dynasties, including pottery, bronze ware, weapons. Learn about Heitoushan history and life of the Mongolian people.

Best Time to Visit Heishantou

The best time for your Inner Mongolia tour to Heishantou is from June to September, when the weather is mild and the grassland is at its prime. It’s the perfect time for outdoor activities. You can climb up the hill to watch the sunset over Ergun River and the Russian town of Olochi. The night sky will be dark and clear for stargazing.

On the other hand, winter is probably not the best time to visit Heishantou. It can get very frigid and snowy with an average temperature of -13°F (-25°C) in January. The grassland will be blanketed with snow and ice. Most outdoor activities will not be available.

Getting to Heishantou

By air: Take a flight to Hailar Dongshan Airport, which is about 124 miles (200 kilometers) away from Heishantou. From there, rent a car, hire a private driver, or take a taxi to Heishantou. The drive usually takes around 3 hours.

By train: Take a train to Manzhouli Railway Station, about 62 miles (100 kilometers) away from Heishantou. Then take a bus or taxi to Heishantou, which typically takes around 1.5 hours.

Attractions nearby Heishantou

  • Sino-Russian border Highwayis along the border control line between China and Russia. The view is absolutely stunning driving down this highway. You’ll see endless grasslands, winding rivers, and rolling hills on your sides.
  • White Birch Forest Scenic Areais a picturesque forest park that has a massive area of white birch trees, grasslands, lakes, and wooden houses.

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