The Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, the third largest province in China has much to offer for a grassland experience. Scattered over 1.1 million square kilometres with little population, the vast grasslands include Xilamuren Grassland, Gegentala Grassland and Huitengxile Grassland. The mountaneous greenish pastures are inhabited by 24 million people comprising of Mongolian, Daur, Oroqen, Hui, Han, Korea and Manchu ethnic group. The capital city of Inner Mongolia is Hohhot.
Xilamuren grassland is the most visited and tourist-oriented grasaland some 80kilometre nortwest on the road to Bayan Aobao, Gegentala grassland is 170kilometre northeast while Huitenxile is 120 kilometre west. Huitenxile is the least visited grassland making it the most authentic one with area of 99 natural lakes.
Hohhot is connected with Beijing by 11hours overnight train ride, for a cost of USD24 (hard sleeper).
For Gegentela Grassland, take a bus from Hohhot to Wulanhua. (2 hours) Then take a minibus (RMB10 per person) to Gegentala.
Complete the experience with an overnight stay in yurt, a Mongolian traditional tent.
That’s all for your little prairie experience.