Mongolia Autonomous Region's
Global Mark : 11.17
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Description : A provincial capital with an interesting museum,
lively streets life and a few nice temples.
Comments : Not really worth coming in itself, Hohhot is however to
be treated with respect as a good stopover place.
What to do : Visit the museum
and admire the large mammoth skeleton and the few dinosaur exhibits / Walk down the city via the park
toward the temples and the lively small streets / Send email at the best rate in
China so far
What you may not like : Arriving on time to find the museum already
closed / The busy streets which make riding a bicycle a perilous experience
How long ? Half a day is enough but it is going to be an half a day
Where to stay ? In the
vicinity of the train Station
<< Get precise info, book online and save money !
You Zheng Fan Dian (696 6872), on the left when you exit the station /
Dorm without bath : 15(5), 20(4), 30(3) / Dorm with shower : 40(3), 60(2) / OK
toilets / Common shower / HW 20 to 22 // Go there for the cheapest bed in
town, the good big rooms, the convenient location,...
Railway Hotel (6933 377),
on Xilin Guole Beilu, the street opposite of the Train Station / Dbl without bath 52 / Sgl, Dbl or Trpl with
shower 180, 112 or 150 / OK toilets / OK shower / HW 24 hrs // Go there for the cheapest big
dbl without bath in town, the facilities (gym, billiard,...), the nice
decoration, the view from some of the rooms,... / What you may not like :
the small dbl with tiny bathroom, not belonging to the
railway staff as those enjoy cheaper
on Chezhan Dongjie (East) / Dorm 50(2) with shower / Sgl with shower 88 or
128 / HW 7:30 to 8:30 & 21 to 23 // Go there for the cheapest dbl
with shower in town / What you may not like : the not so fresh rooms with not so clean bathrooms
Guohua Hotel (628 5588), on Chezhan Xijie (West) / Nice Dbl with bath 120 / HW 19 to 9am // Go there for the nice rooms.
/ What you may not like : the lack of options
Bei Yuan Hotel (6966 211),
opposite Wangfu Hotel, on Chezhan Xijie (West) / Without bath : Sgl 30, Dbl 60 / Dbl with
shower or bath 100 or 120 / OK toilets / Common shower / HW 24 hours // Go there for the cheapest
town. / What you may not like : the very basic furniture (incl. the beds) in the
not so nice rooms without
Where to eat ?
Around the train station.
In the evening, plenty of small restaurants are setting up tables outside,
in particular at the corner with Xin Ma Lu. There, you can find excellent mutton/potatoes hotpots for Y5, as well as other delicacies.
What to see/visit ?
Inner Mongolia Museum : (4), Y8, 9 to 17 (summer) or 10 to 16 (winter),
closed on Tuesday
Five Pagoda temple : (3), Y5, Exp, 8 to 18:30
/ You do not really need to go
inside. A quick look should do.
Xiletuzhao Temple : (3), Y3, 8 to 18:30
/ An interesting mixture of Chinese and Tibetan culture.
Dazhao Temple : (4), Y5, 8 to 18:30
/ A big Tibetan Temple that is
definitively worth the entrance fee, especially if you sneak in for free from
the West door, after checking the small Tibetan Temple (8 to 18:30, free)
Great Mosque (3), Y5, Exp / Not really worth the price but
you might see it for free if you enter via the left alley as the ticket office
in in the right alley...
From the Museum, you can do a
nice walk to all the sights in about 3-4 hours : go through the park toward the
Five Pagoda Temple (alternatively, take bus No1 from the Train Station) and from
there walk west toward the other two temples. You can easily spend a few hours
in the area wandering around the old alleys full of life and energy. If you
continue east, you will arrive at the dirty canal. Follow it North up to the
Mosque and the Muslim area...
The grasslands ?
Yes, some people
Inner Mongolia for a sight at the Grassland.
It is possible to see them at
different locations but you will have to go through an agency and this will not
be particularly cheap, even after negotiation. China Air Travel Service (6964 531-8211) on the 2nd floor (room 211)
of Wangfu Hotel quoted as follows for 1 person (the more, the cheaper) : 1 or 2
days to Xilamuren : 400 or 450 / 2 days to Gegentala or Huitengxile : 550. This
is cheaper than CITS but, still, shop around and clarify what the prices
You can see nice grassland
free of charge on the way from Xiahe in Gansu Province to Songpan in Sichuan
Province and also in North Yunnan near
Backpacker's Tips : David Bowen, Wales (May
« I spent a long time teaching in Hohhot. Forget about
doing visa extensions here take the bus to Baotou. They wanted evidence of $100
for each day of the extension. Checkout the Pheonix hotel for an expensive but
good value (35rmb) western buffet lunch (includes beer).
For cheap chinese lessons try New world Language School
There is now a IYHA hostel near the university. I dont know the address or
prices but check out the IYHA china website for details.
There is a large supermarket under the department sore 5 minutes walk from the
Train to beijing from 100rmb (11HR) / Train to Lanzou 147RMB - 248RMB (16-24hr)
For help in booking train tickets try the travel agents around the Inner
Bus to the grassland 9rmb from the long distance bus terminal south west of the
From South Bus Station
(Bus No1 from Train Station)
||7:10, 11:30 / 14
||60, 70 / 100
From North Bus Station (next to Train Station)
||7:30 to 15 /9,15
||6:40 to 20
The trip to Beijing :
Train / Night / Y129 / 12h30
one train had sleepers
available but this was the train I wanted anyway ! Except for the lack of head
room on the top sleeper and the noisy speakers (that you can turn off), it was a
good night sleep with some good sights on the great Wall at Badaling in the
morning, as well as the dirty suburbs of the capital.
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