Flying into Hohhot
The Bottom Line: Making the trip to Inner Mongolia is already a special experience in itself. If flights are inexpensive, why not just go all out and bump up to first class?
Getting From Hohhot Baita International Airport to Downtown Hohhot
Where to Stay in Hohhot?
What to Do in Hohhot?
How to Get to Xilamuren Grasslands and Xiangshawan Desert in Hohhot?
So when I arrived in Hohhot, I immediately set out to find a popular hotel chain in the city and infer about any available tour packages they offered. Zhaojun Hotel’s tourist reception desk provided the following:
Day 1: 8am coach to Xilamuren Grasslands & stay overnight in a Yurt
Day 2: Explore Xiangshawan Desert and return home at 7:30pm.
Price = 350RMB
12pm - Arrive at a tourist resort on Xilamuren Grasslands.
12pm-1:30pm - You can either go horseback riding (405RMB), ride a two-seat dune-buggy (380RMB), or do some archery.
1:30pm - Lunch. The tour guide will try to get you to pay an extra 480RMB to eat roast lamb, which can be split between 5 people.
2pm - After lunch check into your Yurt (2 twin beds, TV, bathroom, NO Wifi, NO toilet tissue, NO soap, NO toothbrushes, NO air conditioner. You've been warned!)
2:30pm - Watch a short wrestling show.
3pm-6pm - Free time. It’s best to use this time to explore and take a bunch of pictures.
6pm - Dinner
7pm-8:30pm - Watch the sunset between 7-7:30pm.
8:30-9:30pm - Bonfire Party. Make sure to buy any last minute snacks or drinks during this time because the onsite shops close early.
8am - Depart to Xiangshawan Desert.
12pm - Eat Lunch.
1:30pm - Arrive & Play at Xiangshawan Desert (280RMB). From my experience, DO NOT hesitate to pay this fee to enter in the desert area.
3-3:30pm - Leave Xiangshawan Desert
6pm - Stop at a Tourist Shopping Center
8:15pm - Arrive back in front of Inner Mongolia Hotel in Hohhot.
What was the weather like in Hohhot?
What to Bring on Your Trip to the Grasslands and Desert in Hohhot?
1. Warm Jacket
2. Pair of Pants and Shorts
3. Sunglasses – The grassland get windy and you'll probably experience bursts of dust storms.
4. Thin Scarf – Again, dust may fly into your mouth.
5. Toiletries – Tissue, toothbrush & toothpaste, towel, soap
6. Warm Pajamas – With no air conditioning the Yurts get incredibly cold at night.
7. Phone Credit – Make sure you have enough credit on your phone data because there isn't any Wifi on the grasslands.
Should You Go to Hohhot as a Solo Traveler?
Well, there you have it. If you have any questions about your own journey or want to try to follow my same process, feel free to contact me. I’ve saved the contact information from the tour and would be happy to pass it over. Again, safe & happy travels!