Grassland and Desert Adventure in the Inner
Owing to its special geological condition, Inner Mongolia
features a harsh eco-environment. In recent decades, the
greenhouse effect and unscientific exploitation have aggravated
drought, desertification, and soil erosion. The
and the potential ones cover 60 percent of the regional area and
are increasing 670,000 hectares per year.
The desertification and alkalization of grasslands have brought
frequent sandstorms. The deterioration of water conservation capacity of
the Greater Hinggan Mountains has resulted in floods in the Songhua and
Liaohe river valleys. Each year 300 million tons of soil are washed away
in the Yellow and western Liaohe rivers, or 30,000 hectares of land lost.
As a result, rivers are choked with silt that stops their flow.
With the high-speed rail from Beijing to Huhhot, the capital
city of Inner Mogolia, traveling can't be easier now.
*Take part in the traditional activities of
Mongolian nomads like wrestling, archery, and shooting, all set
against the epic scenery of the Huitengxile Grasslands
* Spend the night in an authentic Inner Mongolian hut (called a
yurt), and catch the gorgeous sunrise the next morning on the
* Experience the stunning and vast desert of Kubuqit at the
Resonant Sand Gorge, and take part in exciting cultural
activities like sand gliding and camel riding, while being able
to experience the sunset that evening
Beijing-Hohhot (by train)
You will take the night train K89 (21:00-07:31) from Beijing to
Hohhot, the capital of
Inner Mongolia province. On the train you
will stay on the soft sleeper compartment, so you will travel
and sleep in comfort on your train ride.
Day 2 Hohhot- Huitenxile Grassland (B,L,D,
When you arrive in Hohhot early that morning, you�ll be met by
your English-speaking guide. After breakfast, you�ll be taken to
the Huitengxile Grassland, which will take a few hours. The
Huitengxile Grassland area is the perfect spot to indulge in
some of the traditional activities of the region. After lunch,
we�ll get started. Lying over 1800 meters above the sea level,
it stretches over 100 kilometers from east to west, 99 lakes
dotted by 99 lakes. You�ll enjoy a wide variety of entertainment
including horse riding, camel riding, shooting, archery,
Mongolian wrestling, climbing the Aobao Mountain in order to
make a sacrifice to the local deities. You will also visit a
local herdsmen�s house, tasting the ethnic flavor of milk food
like milk tea, hare�s milk wine and so on.
For the night, you will stay in a traditional Mongolian nomadic
hut, which is referred to as a yurt. This will give you an even
better idea what traditional nomadic life is like in these
parts, and it is guaranteed to be far more unique and
interesting experience than the normal hotel!
Day 3 Grassland-Kubuqi Desert-Baotou-Beijing (B,L,D, by air)
You will rise early in your yurt in order to catch the majestic
sunrise over the grassland, and you�ll be able to roam among the
blue skies and the tranquil and untouched flowers of the plains.
After breakfast, we�ll drive to the Kubuqi desert in order to
reach the captivating Resonant Sand Gorge. The splendid Kubuqi
Desert means bowstring in the Inner Mongolian dialect. It lies
to the south of the Yellow River like a long band extending
about 400 kilometers from east to west. The desert is 50
kilometers wide in the west, 15-20 kilometers wide in the east
and covers an area of 16,756 sq. kilometers, making it is the
seventh largest desert in China.
The Resonant Sand Gorge is situated at the north edge of the
Kubuqi Desert, 3 kilometers away from the 210 state highway and
44 kilometers from Baotou in the north. It is more a place of
natural beauty than of historical importance. Backed by the
Kubuqi Desert, the dunes assume a crescent shape with a height
of 110 meters and gradient of 45 degrees. It received its name
from the echoing "Shhhh" that the sand makes as you step on the
surface. It's said that the noise of sliding sand, after which
the place is named, was thought by Marco Polo to be demons
seeking to lure travelers to their death.
To many, the most exciting experience at Resonant Sand Gorge
might be riding a camel. The camel walks like a pendulum, and
takes tourists deeper into the vast desert, in order to escape
from hustle and bustle of city life. Other exciting activities
you will be able to take part in include sand sliding and
paragliding, all of which take place in the desert. For the
evening, you�ll be able to watch the beautiful sunset over the
winding sand dunes.
Afterwards, you will be driven to the Inner Mongolian city of
Batou to have an evening flight back to Beijing. You'll end your adventure on the
plains and desert of Inner Mongolia.
[UPDATE, DEC. 2020]
A new high-speed rail between Beijing and Inner Mongolia was
open. Now it will take only 2 hours to take the train from
Beijing to Huhhot. We have updated this program on our
new site here.