Baotou Things to Do
While in Baotou (8/2009), we hired a car to take us to the Kubuqi desert, located less than an hours drive away. It's very touristy with Chinese people, but very beautiful and fun for the children. These sand dunes reach 100m high, and are especially beautiful if you go in the early evening as the sun starts to lower, because you can see the shadows forming over the dunes (plus it is much cooler then).
There are many fees to pay besides the 60rmb entrance fee. They charge admission for parking, and for tickets to take a bus down to the base of the dunes, and another fee for the RT chairlift rides across the base to the dunes area. I think these are worth it unless it's not too hot and you don't mind the hour or so of strenuous effort to get to the dunes from the parking area (we had little kids with us, and it was blazing hot, so it wasn't an option.) After you reach the dunes, it's nice just to look around, and if you walk a bit, you can easily escape the crowds. Within the touristy area, you can pay to ride sand dune buggies, camels, or even a para-sailing ride if the wind is okay. I resisted the touristy camel ride, but my family wanted to do it, and I ended up really enjoying the experience which took us away from the tourists and up and down several large dunes.
By the way, we really appreciated having hats, sunglasses, etc. for the strong sun.
Overall it was alot of fun and very interesting to see.Related to:
- Family Travel
- Hiking and Walking
We stayed here for 2 nights in August 2009. The accomodations were very comfortable, and the staff...more
If Paris is the city of lights, I consider Baotou Hotel the hotel of lights. The entire building is...more
No.56 Gangtie Avenue, Kun District, Baotou, Inner Mongolia, 014010, China
Good for: Couples
No.33 Gangtie Main Street, Kundoulun District, Baotou, Inner Mongolia, 014010, China
Good for: Solo
No.7 Fuqiang Road, Qingshan District, Baotou, Inner Mongolia, 014030, China
Pioneer Park, Xitu High-Tech District, Baotou, Inner Mongolia, China
Good for: Business
No 1 Aerding Street, Baotou, China, 014010, CN
Good for: Families
No.83 Wenhua Road, Baotou, Inner Mongolia, 014030, China
Songmei West Road F South, Baotou, Inner Mongolia, 014010, China
The restaurant is located in an open field where, if lucky, you can find a camel passing by. Instead of reserving a table, diners reserve a dome-shaped room. From outside, one may have the impression that the room's interior is warm. But once inside, it's not.
Eating is Japanese-style - low table, no chairs - all are seated on the floor. And as expected, you have to eat using Chinese chopsticks - the round, "slippery" type.
Favorite Dish: We were served a variety of dishes all made from "freshly slaughtered" goat - from the appetizer, to the soup, the entree', the dessert, and even the drink. My personal favorite is the dessert, made from goat's fats and skin, mixed with butter and sugar.
How did our burp sound? Mmmeeee. Exotic, right?Related to:
- Arts and Culture
- Food and Dining
Baotou What to Pack
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: I was there in end August, when autumn is already in the air. Bring a jacket, especially if you plan to spend a lot of time outdoors.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Don't forget to bring medicines for indigestion and diarrhea, if your stomach is sensitive to exotic foods.Related to:
- Arts and Culture
Baotou Off The Beaten Path
We had a chance to visit an onion farming community. It was harvest season at that time, and thus we were able to witness how onions are harvested, sorted, graded, cleaned and packed for transport to the market.
The farmers even dared us to sample a fresh onion. Surprise, surprise! I thought I won't be able to stand the taste, but really the red/violet onion was sweet and crunchy. It was like munching a fresh apple.Related to:
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