This 9 days Inner Mongolia Tour will take you to have fun in Kubuqi Desert with many thrilling sand activities, appreciate the vast grassland, rivers, wetland, and herds of cattle and sheep on Hulunbuir Grassland, experience life in a Russian ethnic village and Aoluguya Reindeer Tribe, and extend your trip to Manzhouli on the China-Russia border.
2. Have fun in Kubuqi Desert and try many thrilling sand activities, including desert surfing, camel riding, sand skiing, etc.
3. Enjoy an in-depth exploration of the Hulunbuir City, including vast Hulunbuir Grassland, precious species on Erguna Wetland, the mysterious Aoluguya Reindeer Tribe, Russian ethnic village, and virgin Moerdaoga National Forest Park.
4. Extend the trip to Manzhouli and soak in the exquisite architecture of the famed Matryoshka Doll Square.
5. Stay overnight in a Mukeleng – a traditional Russian-style wooden dwelling.
- Day 1: Hohhot Arrival
Upon your arrival at the airport in Hohhot, we will pick you up from the arrival hall by holding a welcome board with your name and then escort you to check-in at the hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
- Day 2: Hohhot - Kubuqi Desert - Dalad BannerKubuqi Desert
After breakfast, drive about 2.5 hours to Kubuqi Desert - the seventh-largest desert in China. Upon arrival, take the cable car to Resonant Sand Gorgeocated to witness its resonating sand dunes. Then go desert surfing across the Xianshadao and Yueshadao sand islands. Various optional (charged) desert activities are available here, including camel riding, sand skiing, strop, and Landover crossing the desert...
After that, drive 30 minutes to Dalad Banner for overnight.
Friendly tip: Given the large temperature difference in the desert, you are recommended to take a coat even when traveling here in summer and autumn.
Accommodation: Dalad Banner
- Day 3: Dalad Banner - Inner Mongolia Museum - HulunbuirInner Mongolia Museum
After breakfast, drive 2 hours to Inner Mongolia Museum. It is the place to gain an insight into the amazing Mongolian history, displaying numerous treasured fossils, dinosaur remains, and local tradition-related artifacts.
After lunch, your driver will transfer you to the Hohhot airport for your flight to Hulunbuir City. Stay overnight at Hailar District.
- Day 4: Hulunbuir - ErgunaHulunbuir Grassland, Erguna Wetland
This morning, you will drive about 40 minutes to the hinterland of Hulunbuir Grassland. En route, enjoy the stunning view of the vast prairie being dotted by herds of cattle and flocks of sheep. Upon arrival, enjoy the free time to stroll leisurely along the gurgling Mergel Gol River. Or try some optional (charged) activities on the grassland, including horse riding.
Then, drive to Erguna Wetland which is 110km away. As the largest wetland in Asia, Erguna Wetland will reward you with various bird species, lush forests, vast grasslands, and meandering rivers.
- Day 5: Erguna - Genhe - Moerdaogavisit to a local Russian family, Aoluguya Reindeer Tribe
After breakfast, pay a visit to a local Russian family, learn about their lifestyle, watch traditional music performances, and experience making colored Russian eggs (which can be taken away for free).
Then, drive 2 hours to Aoluguya Reindeer Tribe. As the only ethnic minority group in China raising reindeer, Aoluguya Reindeer Tribe will offer you a rare chance to get close to the cute and tame reindeer, see the unique dwellings of local Ewenki people, and contact with locals to learn more about their mysterious lifestyle.
After that, drive 2.5 more hours to Moerdaoga town to stay overnight in a traditional Ewenki house.
- Day 6: Moerdaoga - ShiweiMoerdaoga National Forest Park
Start today with a visit to Moerdaoga National Forest Park. Boasting the largest virgin forest in China, the park is endowed with undulating mountains, ancient trees, meandering streams, lush vegetation, and an islet blanketed by colorful wildflowers.
Move on to Shiwei (90km away) which is on the China-Russia border. Your guide will escort you to stroll around and admire many local Mukelengs - a kind of Russian house being built with logs on the stone formation. Stay overnight at a Mukeleng.
- Day 7: Shiwei - HeishantouHeishantou Ancient Village
After breakfast, commence the trip to Heishantou Ancient Village. You can enjoy the breathtaking birch forest on the way of the 3 hours drive. Upon arrival, visit a local herdsman’s family, try some interesting Mongolian folk activities, enjoy a leisurely wander on the boundless grassland and catch the impressive sunset on the grassland. All the activities are optional, at your own expense.
If the weather is good, there will be a bonfire party after dinner. It is the time when you can thoroughly relax and dance with locals.
- Day 8: Heishantou - ManzhouliHulun Lake, Mengma Park Tourism Scenic Area, Matryoshka Doll Square
You are recommended to get up early in the morning to catch the breathtaking sunrise over the grassland. After breakfast, we will drive for about 3 hours along the highway to Hulun Lake. One of the top freshwater lakes in China, Hulun Lake is home to numerous fishes, waterfowl, and over 200 migrating bird species. You’ll be left with free time to walk around the lake, enjoying the fresh air and awesome scenery.
Then head to the Mengma Park Tourism Scenic Area (about 30 minutes drive) which is rich in Russian-style architecture, and the ethnic culture of the Zhalai Nuoer Area.
Continue your trip to Matryoshka Doll Square - the landmark of Manzhouli. You’ll be attracted by the world’s largest matryoshka doll which stands 30 meters high and consists of a church, restaurant, and music hall.
- Day 9: Manzhouli - Hulunbuir Departure
After breakfast, drive around 2.5 hours to the airport at Hailar for your departure flight. Thanks for booking the tour. Wish you all the best!