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Inner Mongolia

The Autonomous Region of Inner Mongolia in the north of China borders with the Republic of Mongolia and Russia. It is the widest province by its latitude in China. The nomadic tribes from the once fearsome Mongol nation were the reason for which China’s Great Wall was created. Its peculiar natural scenery, long history and brilliant culture make its sites unique and spectacular.
The most attractive about Inner Mongolia is its natural beauty. Vast grasslands like Huitengxile, Xilin Gol and Hulun Buir Grassland show a calm and impressing landscape. The mushroom-like yurts, bright sky, rolling grass, herds moving like white clouds on the remote grasslands, all this let one quickly forget the troubles of modern big cities.
Especially around Hohhot one will find interesting cultural sites like the Dazhao Temple, Xilituzhao Palace and the Zhaojun Tomb.
In the western part of the province the deserts are located. The most visited ones are the Badain Jaran Desert, Tengger Desert and Kubuqi Desert. The Gobi Alashan shows high rolling dunes, salty spring-fed lakes and is often visited by scientists and explorers.


Aershan National Forest

The summer on the Inner Mongolia Hulunbuir Grasslands is amazing! In July, there are kilometer after kilometer of fields of bright yellow rapeseed flowers along the roads. And come August, the grasslands will be a riot of multi-colored wildflowers
The 10,000 + hectare Aershan National Forest Park is about 300 kilometers away from the Hulunbuir grassland, which is known for its dramatic volcanic landscapes, dense forests, valleys, mountaintop crater lakes, rivers, grasslands, and springs.


Best time to visit
Mid June through early September for the Inner Mongolian grassland. It will be freezing and no grass for the rest of the year.
Aershan National Forest Park is very beautiful in the fall (it is getting very cold since October).
The summer on the Inner Mongolia Hulunbuir Grasslands is amazing! In July, there are kilometer after kilometer of fields of bright yellow rapeseed flowers along the roads. And come August, the grasslands will be a riot of multi-colored wildflowers
The 10,000 + hectare Aershan National Forest Park is about 300 kilometers away from the Hulunbuir grassland, which is known for its dramatic volcanic landscapes, dense forests, valleys, mountaintop crater lakes, rivers, grasslands, and springs.

A’ershan is located on the southern sections of the Greater Hing'an Range, a 1,200 km long volcanic mountain range in northeast China which divides the Manchurian plain of northeastern China to the east from the Mongolian Plateau of Inner Mongolia to the west.

Aershan features the broad-leaved forests and patches of grassland interspersed with woodland. This eco-region is noted for its rich and diverse flora and wildlife. Dense forests of larch, birch, aspen, and pine cover the region with shrubs covering at the highest elevations.

The Aershan National Forest Park is a 100,000+ hectare forest reserve, which is well known for its dramatic volcanic landscapes, dense forests, valleys, mountaintop crater lakes, rivers, grasslands, and springs. The park infrastructure is well developed, with boardwalks and paths leading to the key scenic areas.

It’s more rolling hills than big mountains, which are all covered in thick carpets of mixed pine, aspen and deciduous forests. The Halaha River rolls through it on its 500-kilometer journey into the grasslands. They say brown bear, elk and wolves prowl its depths, but squirrels and sparrows are more likely encounters. And when the season turns, the whole place becomes a mass of gorgeousness.


Hulunbuir (or Hulun Beier) Grasslands
Located outside the remote Russian border town of Manzhouli, Inner Mongolia, the Hulunbuir Grasslands are the most lush and pristine in China. The grasslands here are known locally as the "most unsullied prairie" for the area’s pollution-free skies. In summer, the uninterrupted green stretches in all directions. In addition, Hulunbuir is fed by hundreds of rivers, large and small, that have made this area popular with Mongolian nomads and herders.

Visitors can try horseback riding in the Hulunbuir Grasslands and sample a local dish of boiled or barbecued lamb. At night, you can spend a night in the yurts that will give you a picture of the lives that the nomads and the marauding Mongols of the past lived.


Xilinguole National Nature Reserve

Xilinguole National Nature Reserve lies in the boundaries of Xilinguole City, the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. Covering a total area of 10,786 square kilometers, Xilinguole National Nature Reserve was established in 1985, the first grassland nature reserve in China, and joined the International Man and Biosphere Reserve Network in 1987. As a matter of fact, with its typicality, Xilinguole Grassland attracted great attention from botanists at home and abroad as early as 1930s.


Erguna River, Genhe Wetland 

The water of the Hailaer River flows from east to west before turning northeast about 20 km north of Hulun (or Dalai) Lake. At this point, the Hailaer River becomes the Ergun (Chinese name) or Argun (Russian name) River and forms the Chinese border with Russia's Zabaykalsky Krai region (formerly, Chita Oblast).

Ergun City occupies 28,400 km2 on the southeastern bank of the Ergun River. It was the hometown of Genghis Khan (1162-1227), who conquered most of Asia and Eastern Europe to the Dnieper River.