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Manzhouli Matryoshka Square – Experience Russian Culture in Hulunbuir

Manzhouli Matryoshka Square is known as the Russian Taowa Square in Chinese. It is in Manzhouli, Hulunbuir, a city near the border of China and Russia. You’ll find a fusion of Chinese, Russian, and Mongolian culture at this popular attraction.

Manzhouli Matryoshka Square has an area of 3827 square yards (3,200 square meters). There are over 200 giant matryoshka dolls, or Russian nesting dolls, on the square with various themes and patterns. Some has faces of well-known figures painted on them, like Vladimir Lenin and Nelson Mandela.

The largest doll on the square is a 98-foot-tall (30-meter) hotel that can is open for business. There are also buildings painted to resemble famous Russian landmarks such as St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow. Manzhouli Matryoshka Square has a Russian circus that entertains its visitors.

Fast Facts about Manzhouli Matryoshka Square

  • Location: Manzhouli, Hulunbuir, Inner Mongolia
  • Hours: 9:00-22:30 (peak season); 9:00-17:30 (off season)
  • Ticket price: CNY 148
  • Recommended visit time: 2-3 hours
  • Best time of the year: May to October
  • Suited to: Culture lovers, photographers, families with kids


Inner Mongolia Manzhouli Matryoshka Square
Manzhouli Matryoshka Square

What to See and Do at Manzhouli Matryoshka Square

1. See the Matryoshka Dolls

The signature attraction of Manzhouli Matryoshka Square is its series of giant Matryoshka dolls. They are made after traditional Russian nesting dolls that contain smaller dolls inside. They are painted in bright colors with different creative designs.

2. Take Fun Photos

Manzhouli Matryoshka Square is a great place for fun photo opportunities with the giant colorful dolls and interesting architecture. The landscape is so distinctive and unique you might even forget that you’re in Hulunbuir.

3. Watch the Russian Circus Performance

The Russian circus will have you amazed at the strength, speed, and coordination of the performers, when you see exotic performances like acrobatics, magic shows, animal shows. If you’re a family with children, the Russian circus will have your kids very excited.


Inner Mongolia Manzhouli Matryoshka Square Circus
Watch the Russian circus

4. Shop for Souvenirs

You’ll also find several souvenir shops on the square. Shop for traditional Russian handicrafts such as Matryoshka dolls and fur hats to bring home as special gifts.

5. Enjoy Local Food

If you get hungry at Manzhouli Matryoshka Square, there are food stalls and restaurants to choose from. They serve traditional Russian and Inner Mongolian local favorites such as dumplings, grilled meat skewers, borscht.

6. Attend Festivals and Events

Manzhouli Matryoshka Square hosts many festivals and events throughout the year, like Manzhouli International Ice and Snow Festival and Russian Culture Festival. It’s a great idea to travel to Hulunbuir in Inner Mongolia during these festivals.

Best Time to Visit Manzhouli Matryoshka Square

Manzhouli Matryoshka Square is suitable for visits all year round, but the best time is from June to September. The summer weather will be mild, and the square is less crowded.

July is generally considered the best for Inner Mongolia tours to see the prairies. You can participate in outdoor activities on the lush green grasslands surrounding the square.

If you’d like to see the Matryoshka dolls covered in snow, winter is also a good option. Be prepare for cold temperatures, but the festive atmosphere and winter activities on Manzhouli Matryoshka Square should get you warmed up.

How to Get to Manzhouli Matryoshka Square

By Air: Fly into Manzhouli Xijiao Airport, which is about 6.2 miles (10 kilometers) away from Manzhouli Matryoshka Square. From there, a taxi ride to the square will take only about 10 minutes.

By Train: Take a train to Manzhouli Railway Station, which is about 3.1 miles (5 kilometers) from the square. Then take a taxi to reach the square, which takes about 15 minutes. Or you can take bus NO. 10.

By Bus: Take a bus from either Hailar Bus Station or Ergun Bus Station to Manzhouli Bus Station. The train ride takes about 3 or 4 hours. The bus station is only a 5-minute drive from the square. Or you can take bus NO. 10 as well.

Attractions nearby Manzhouli Matryoshka Square

  • Manzhouli Guomen Scenic Areahas a white-gate building that marks the border between China and Russia. At this attraction, you can see buildings and streets of Russia’s Baikalsk District from the gate.
  • Border Highwayis a scenic road that runs along the border between China and Russia. Driving down the highway, you’ll see endless grasslands on both sides.
  • Zhong’e Shangmao Pedestrian Streetis a commercial street with plenty of shops, restaurants, and bars. See the Russian-style architecture and sculptures while shopping and dining.
  • Wedding Palaceis a Gothic-style church on a hillside on the east side of the city. Although it is now abandoned, it remains an attraction where locals used to hold weddings. It has great historical and cultural significance to the city.

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