Inner Mongolia Kubuqi Desert head

Tour Overview

Eager for a journey that mixes desert and grassland? This is the trip! This 7-day Inner Mongolia trip will take you deep into the region to explore its unique treasures. Ride a horse on the Xilamuren grassland, enjoy a thrilling jeep ride through the desert, and visit the Inner Mongolia Museum’s dinosaur exhibition hall…

This tour combines nature and culture, allowing you to deeply experience the culture and history of Inner Mongolia and at the same time take a hike in the Daqing Mountain. A bonfire party and an Inner Mongolia-style barbecue will leave you with unforgettable memories.

Highlights of this tour:

1. Enjoy horseback riding into the Xilamuren Grassland hinterland for the best views of the azure blue sky and green lawns.
2. Join the ethnic bonfire party to enjoy minority folk singing and dancing, and spend the night in a traditional yurt.
3. Camp in the Kubuqi Desert, with the fun of a camel ride, driving on the sand dunes, and Mongolian BBQ.
4. Visit the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Inner Mongolia – Wudang Lamasery.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. Welcome to Inner Mongolia! Upon arrival, please make your own way from the Hohhot Baita International Airport to the hotel. Check in and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

    Accommodation: in Hohhot

  2. After breakfast, depart for Xilamuren Grassland (about 2.5 hours by car), a famous summer resort at home and abroad. Every summer, flowers bloom here and cattle and sheep are everywhere. The flat expanse of grassland is like a green gem, making every tourist enchanted.

    Inner Mongolia Xilamuren Grassland
    Xilamuren Grassland

    Enjoy a light hike on the grassland, with a big breath of fresh air. Sample Zhama banquet lunch in a traditional yurt, and then watch the stunning horse riding performance combined with acrobatics.

    Stay in a Mongolian yurt on the picturesque grassland for the night.

    Accommodation: Xilamuren Grassland

    Inner Mongolia Zhama banquet lunch
    Zhama Banquet Lunch

  3. In the morning, you can experience an optional activity - horse riding on the peaceful hinterland of the grassland (at your own expense). Then drive you to Wudang Lamasery, the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Inner Mongolia.

    Inner Mongolia Wudang Lamasery
    Wudang Lamasery

    Next, visit the Sahantala Grassland, a unique "urban prairie" in China and even in Asia. Here you will witness that the vast green grass meets the blue sky in the distance. In addition to walking among the wildflowers and grass, there are many recreational activities (for an extra fee), including horseback riding, archery, and camel riding. After that, transfer you to Baotou for the night.

    Accommodation: in Baotou

    Inner Mongolia Sahantala Grassland
    Sahantala Grassland

  4. After breakfast, head to Baotou Museum, which focuses on the development process of human cultural heritage and civilization in western Inner Mongolia.

    Baotou Museum Inner Mongolia
    Baotou Museum

    Afterwards, take a 1.5-hours ride to the Kubuqi Desert, the seventh-largest desert in China. Our activities are mainly concentrated in the Singing Sand Bay Scenic Area. You will be arranged to experience a 1-hour camel ride.

    Watch the breathtaking sunset view of the endless desert near the camping site. Enjoy a Mongolian barbecue, attend a bonfire party, and lie in the desert watching the starry sky.

    Accommodation: Camping in Kubuqi Desert

    Inner Mongolia Singing Sand Bay Kubuqi
    Singing Sand Bay, Kubuqi Desert

  5. Today, take a desert walk to capture the sunrise. And then take a jeep to feel the speed and passion in the desert (about 15 kilometers).

    After that, you will be escorted back to Hohhot. In the afternoon, visit the Dazhao Temple, also known as the "Silver Buddha Temple" because there is a silver Buddha enshrined in the temple.

    Inner Mongolia Dazhao Temple
    Dazhao Temple

    Then head to Tongshun Alley, an antique street that focuses on food. Here you can not only taste local snacks, but also find many handicrafts and various cultural sights.

    Visit Saishang Old Street, another century-old street near Dazhao Temple. It is one of the four old streets in the old town of Hohhot, with a length of 380 meters, lined with Ming and Qing-style buildings on both sides.

    Drive you to the hotel in Hohhot.

    Accommodation: in Hohhot

    Inner Mongolia Saishang Old Street
    Saishang Old Street

  6. After breakfast, drive to the Inner Mongolia Museum for a cultural tour, which is an important stop for visitors to experience the history and grassland culture of Inner Mongolia. The museum displays the natural scenery and social development of Inner Mongolia in ancient times through objects (such as dinosaurs and other mammal fossil specimens) and pictures.

    Inner Mongolia Museum
    Inner Mongolia Museum

    Hike in Daqing Mountain in the afternoon. Famous for its four characteristics of "beautiful, secluded, strange, and vast", Daqing Mountain is a great leisure resort in Inner Mongolia. On the hike, you will enjoy a variety of landscapes, such as peaks and caves of various shapes, as well as canyons, deep pools, and meadows.

    The whole hike lasts about 3.5-4 hours.

    Accommodation: in Hohhot

  7. Thanks for joining this 7-day Inner Mongolia tour. At the confirmed time (according to your departure flight), your driver will meet you at the hotel lobby and see you off at Hohhot Airport. Wish you a pleasant journey home!

    Accommodation: N/A

Price Includes

  • Private land transportation in air-conditioned vans with licensed drivers;
  • Excellent English-speaking tour guide service;
  • Entrance tickets as listed in the itinerary;
  • Experience 1-hour camel ride and jeep ride in the Kubuqi Desert;
  • 6 nights' accommodation in well-selected hotels with daily breakfast (twin-sharing rooms);
  • One bottle of water per person per day;  
  • China Travel Insurance.

Price Excludes

  • Any optional items inside the attractions, such as horse riding on Xilamuren Grassland;
  • Flights to/off Hohhot;
  • Lunch or dinner (the tour guide will help to order and purchase at local restaurants for you to pay in cash);
  • Any item not mentioned in the itinerary;
  • All kinds of gratuities for guides, drivers & others.
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