Hohhot, Inner Mongolia, Top 5 Reasons to Visit

Hohhot the capital of Inner Mongolia means Blue Sky in Mongolian.  Like many other places in Inner Mongolia you will get a chance to see the Mongolian ethnic group influence on the architecture and food.  This is also a good base to move deeper into the grasslands and get your bearings on the local culture.  The city is known in Mandarin as HuHeHaoTe, one of the few that does not have the same English/Mandarin name.  The weather in the summer is cool and in the winter like most of Inner Mongolia is freezing and can get well below -20 Celsius.

Hohhot is a safe city with clean wide streets.  Many of the areas are new and the buildings look bright and shinny and thanks to the complete lack of pollution they will stay that way.  Things are relatively cheap with taxis starting at 6RMB and 1.3RMB per kilometer.

Hohhot, Inner Mongolia, Top 5 Reasons to Visit

Temples

Hohhot is full of Temples.  The best bet is to first go to Guan Yin Shi temple.  I did not see it on any tourist sites, but it was the best place I went to in the city and it was free.  Try to go in the morning, around 8am its packed with visitors lighting incense and candles.

GuanYin Temple

GuanYin Temple

 

GuanYin Temple Buddhist Statue

GuanYin Temple Buddhist Statue

Light a candle and incense while there

Light a candle and incense while there

Once finished head across the street to one of the better Buddhist sites in the city

 

Local working on his Calligraphy on the street

Local working on his Calligraphy on the street

Walking toward the Chinese style buildings you will find an old cultural street, walking directly down the road will take you to DaZhou, the most famous temple in the city.  35RMB to enter.

DaZhou Temple

DaZhou Temple

Ethic Groups Side by Side

Everywhere in the city the presence of multiple cultures is present.  On one side of the road the buildings are Hui minority influenced while directly across the street Mongol Minority influence.

Mixed Style buildings in Hohhot

Mixed Style buildings in Hohhot

 

Mongol Style Roof with Yurts on top, across the street from the Mosque

Mongol Style Roof with Yurts on top, across the street from the Mosque

Inner Mongolian History Museum

One of the better Museums, I would suggest to go for the building alone which is huge and impressive.  Inside you will find the history of Inner Mongolia with most items in English.  They have some pretty nice items like the Decree Plaque from Genghis Khan, multiple ancient bombs/weapons, in depth history and current history.  It is suggest to visit especially if  you plan to stay in Inner Mongolia for an extended time.

Inner Mongolia History Museum

Inner Mongolia History Museum

The Locals Participating Outdoors

Take a walk around the streets and explore.  In many areas you will find locals dancing, singing and drawing calligraphy on the streets.

Dancing in the streets in Hohhot

Dancing in the streets in Hohhot

Walk down XinHua Road

Take a walk down XinHua Road and explore, here you will find varying style buildings, mosques, restaurants and more.

 

Mosque along the road

Mosque along the road

 

How to get there.  By train from Beijing it’s an 8 to 10 hour night train.  Soft sleepers run around 140 and soft sleepers around 210 depending on the station.  Trains leave from the main Beijing station and also the North and West stations.  Try to go to Hohhot main station, the east station is quite a hike to get into the city and will run around 20RMB.

The city is pretty cheap with good street foods and restaurants.  Restaurants can be costly so check prices if you are price conscious.

 

Got a better top 5?  Let me know or post below other suggestions.  This was my

trip, how was yours?  Have questions contact me anytime.

 

Comments

  1. Eileen Dunn says:

    This is very informative, great information on a very interesting place to visit. Great tips, thank you.

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