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Hohhot Introduction

Hohhot, which means 'Blue City' in Mongolian, is the capital city of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. Lying to the south of Yinshan Mountain and north of the Yellow River, Hohhot is the political, commercial and cultural center of Inner Mongolia. Covering an area of 17,224 sq km (about 4,256,139 acres) and with a population of more than 2.5 million, Hohhot is the home of Han, Mongolian, Manchu, Hui, Korean and many other nationalities. Immense grasslands, rich cultural relics and distinctive ethnical flavor make the city a magnificent tourist destination.

 Mongolian people
Mongolian people are called the 'Nationality on the Horseback' because they live a nomadic life since the ancient time. Mongolian people are very hospitable. Whether you are a relative, a friend or a stranger, Mongolians will welcome you warmly

Visitors are welcomed with an offer of milk tea, alcohol and snacks. A feast of whole cow or sheep is the utmost respect to the visitors. People will sing songs and propose toasts before eating. The eldest people in the room will cut a cross in the forehead of the sheep and cut down some pieces of meat, and then the eldest people will turn the head of the sheep to the main visitor. Then the visitor should turn the head back to the host. The host will sacrifice the head and the meat to Buddha. Mongolian people prefer long garment, short coat and boots. Men like blue and deep blue while women prefer red, green and azure

A Mongolian knife is a must for Mongolian men. It is not only a decoration but also an implement to kill sheep and cut meat since beef and mutton are the major meats in a Mongolian diet. Mongolians are also good at dancing and singing. Matou Qin, or horse head string instrument, is a traditional musical instrument of Mongolian. Long Tune, a unique singing method of Mongolian people, is now one of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.

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Zhaojun Tomb       Five Pagoda Temple    Xilituzhao Palace     Wanbu Huayanjing Pagoda

 Weather & When to Go
It is quite cold in Hohhot since it is influenced by monsoon climate. Winter of Hohhot is long and cold with a lowest temperature of -25 to -45 oC (-13 to -49 oF). Thus the best time to visit Hohhot is from April to October when the beautiful scenery of the grassland can be seen, especially from the July to September, when the Nadam Fair is held every year. At that time, visitors can watch the horse racing, Mongolian wrestling, traditional performances etc and enjoy the true essence of grassland life.

 How to Get to/around Hohhot
It is easy to get in Hohhot since it is about 500 km (over 310 miles) west of Beijing. Baitai Airport of Hohhot has over 40 national flights as well as two international flights to Ulan Bator and Chita directly. Trains from Hohhot can run to Beijing, Xian, Shanghai, Ningbo and many other cities as well as Ulan Bator and Moscow. Public buses and taxis are quite cheap in Hohhot. Visitors also can choose the special Tourism Buses to get around Hohhot.

 Foreign Consulate in Hohhot

Chancery: Unit 1, Building 5, Wulan Residential Area, Saihan District
Tel: +86-(0)471-4923819, 4303266, 4303254
Fax: +86-(0)471-4303250