Global Mark : 10.11
Ratings by criteria :
Ratings by backpackers :
Comments : There is little reason to come here except for the
Mausoleum or to avoid staying in Baotou. But
whether the Mausoleum itself is worth an additional 4 hours to and back is
What to do : If you arrive in the morning, change bus to the Mausoleum / If you arrive in the afternoon, write letters or watch TV as the town "attractions" should not take you more than a couple of hours to check out... / In the evening, become obese at the local fast food and play snooker, the local No1 distraction after karaoke...
What you may not like : The lack of serenity at the Mausoleum / Not having a good program on TV / Being the attraction of the town / Having communication problems, even if you speak Chinese / The hurling music-karaoke speakers at every corner /
How long ? One day should be enough if you arrive in the morning.
To go there, you have the choice of either a direct big bus for Y7 or a minibus to Ejin Horo for Y5, where buses to the Mausoleum leave hourly from 9 to 18 (Y4). The first solution is faster and cheaper.
To come back, you will have to wait for a bus at the main road (hourly, last one at around 18) and the chance are that you will find yourself in a minibus to Ejin Horo. From there, buses back to Dongsheng leave every 30mn when packed from 7 to 19 and cost 7Y.
In between, what you will see might not make you jump around with excitement. The mausoleum look new and there is no caption in English for the few exhibits on display. Besides, the tourists shops and karaoke parlors might make you feel that you are more in an attraction park than in a commemorative place.
The place should however feel much more "exotic" around the Naadam tourist carnival usually held in mid-august.
There is accommodations next to the parking (really a beautiful area to spend an evening) but some people might prefer to stay near the Temporary Residence of the Khan and the grassland. It should cost around 50Y for a traditional yurt of 4/5 persons.
A huge place where you will find everything from electronic goods to clothes, cookies, vegetables, spices or cold noodle "restaurants"
This single street with ugly "old style" recreated buildings as somehow become the red district of Dongsheng with plenty of cinema, karaoke parlor and what usually come with them...
Once the bulldozer away, it should be a nice park to stroll around after you finished writing your letters.
Note : To Mausoleum via Ejin Horo / Dur. = approximative duration
It's definitively worth paying a few more yuan for the relative comfort and speed of the Iveco bus. But make sure you buy your ticket the day before as seats are limited. By sitting on the left, you avoid the sun and get a full view of the mountains.
We arrived in Hohhot at the South Bus Station from where it is a 20mn No1 Bus ride (0.5Y) to the train stations' terminus and the hotels.
See also the trip from Baotou East to Dongsheng...