This is up there amongst my favourite museums in the People's Republic of China. Reading much about the city online before my visit it was all 'you won't get much English here' or 'don't expect to find English on the menu there'. This large museum certainly delivers and on a six week trip from the south of China to Moscow via the Trans-Siberian...more
The bigger of the two, Da Zhao is across the street from the Xilitu Zhao Lamaserie and seems to be more of a tourist destination. While there we watched some guy, probably a local politician up for election or something, go through the process as if he were a real Buddhist. Maybe he was, but it seemed like he needed to be walked through the...more
It's not really packed with tourists- in fact we didn't see any- and it's not very big or really all that impressive. It is nice, within the grounds, and it's possible there's an entrance fee, but we weren't asked to pay anything and we went in the back anyway, not trying to avoid payment, just exploring the streets.The Great Mosque in Hohhot is...more
One of two major Lamaseries in Hohhot, Xilitu is the smaller, with a nicer "feel" to it. It's a beautiful place, peaceful, unless there happen to be ceremonies going on, in which it feels, possibly, more festive. I wrote about this and the Da Zhao Lamaserie in the Tourist Trap section, because they are designed in part for tourists, these days. But...more
Gegentala is the closest grassland from Hohhot, about 145 kilometers away or 2 hours drive by car. Once we past the highway, a winding main road spreads far into the grassland, passing beautiful rocky landscape appear to be untouched by man. Gorgeous gorgeous landscape that I've never encountered in China. The scenery gradually changes from vast...more
Weekends seem to be the best time to explore a bit more of the city - temple hopping, only this time, we were busy drooling over beautiful antiques down the antique street right behind the temple. Antique hunting can be such a great fun. We found 4 piece of wooden scripting, just beautiful.About 7 mnts drive from the hotel there's this Dazhao...more
In early July 2007 when we arrived in Inner Mongolia, I remember passing by a construction of gigantic futuristic looking building on the way - and within a month it's already open for public.I'm not really a museum person or ever interested to come and visit one. I prefer a cozy corner in a bookshop or somewhere less touristic. This time, we were...more
Cultural Agenda of Grassland Festival 2007* July 26, 2007 at 20:30 *New Village Performance at Sai Han District Government Square* July 30, 2007 *Grassland Culture PerformanceLocation: Palaestra of Inner Mongolia Teacher's University* August 1 - 3, 2007 *Art Exhibition at Inner Mongolia Art Gallery* August 2, 2007 at 20:30 *Opening ceremony of the...more
** Kindly correct the address - it's on 33 Zhongshan West Avenue** Although the room is not exactly...more
No.5 Xi Lin Guo Le South Road, Hohhot, Inner Mongolia, 010020, China
Good for: Couples
No.5 Yingbin North Road, Hohhot, Inner Mongolia, 010010, China
Good for: Couples
A must try restaurant when you visit Hohhot, A Mongolian BBQ restaurant and buffet spread.A nice place to dine in, great experience!! Choose your raw meat and condiments and watch the dancing chef stif fry it on a BIG grill into perfection.Other then BBQ, you can also enjoy buffet dishes from south east asia.. 48RMB per headmore
You can select your choices of meats, condiments and sauces afterwhich you can watch the chef stir fry into perfection over a big grill and I really mean BIG!!Other than BBQ you could also enjoy south-east asia buffet spread and it only cost 48RMB per head.Location Xin Hua da jie, Chang ann jin zhou, Level 4 Mongolian BBQ restaurant, Tel:...more
I guess it's still health food even though we don't know what poisons were used on it... and disregarding all the pollution that falls on it every day... but fruit, good and usually fresh, is available many places around town. Cheap and easy- just don't pay too much. It's hard to say what the going rates will be, but 50 yuan per banana is not...more
Hohhot's mosque, built in Chinese style, is fronted by vendors selling baked goods, sweets and other unmissable items. To the left of the mosque, as you stare uncertain past the old men sitting at the entrance, and behind the bike parking lot, is an alleyway lined with aromas of fried pork-filled things, (poetic, I know) which are greasy and...more
There is a restaurant on Xilin Guole Beilu, just down the road (20 minutes walk or so) from the Railway Hotel in Hohhot. You enter, are whisked upstairs by a hostess, and sit down to a menu of hotpot choices. There is an English version if you ask for it.The hotpot is many things. It is greasy, it is hot. It is excellent, especially on a cold day,...more
Went here rather late on a Saturday night, and its a canny place if you like the techno/dance scene like I do, so not for everybody's tastes. There's a large KTV attached.The club itself is rather large, but could benefit from some more fill in speakers at the back. Play the usual Chinese dance fare, but also a healthy spattering of...more
The Harbor Cafe, open 8am to midnight, is a bakery on the ground floor (excellent bread!), but upstairs is a cosy coffee shop, pizzeria and restaurant. In the evenings, it is filled with students eager to practice their English. A cheerful place which tries hard. Think Hard Rock Cafe meets Starbucks. Clothing required. Laoban bag not required in...more
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A big modern building, 15km east of the city, near Baita. A modern expressway takes you out there very quickly (just 10 minutes once you are on it), but alow plenty of time for crossing Hohhot city centre.
All very quick and efficient. Some hotels offer a bus shuttle service.
Obviously Muslims don't eat pork, so don't expect to find it in the Muslim parts. But they do have lots of other meat, beef and mutton (sheep) or goat being the most common, as well as chicken, of course.
Hohhot's a safe place as far as crime goes - a friend had someone fishing in her bag outside the Holiday Inn, but he backed off when confronted, and otherwise I've heard no reports of any trouble.
Like in most Chinese cities, you have to be careful crossing the road, but there are no special dangers that I know of.
The real problem's the weather. If you come in spring, get a 'pollution mask' from a chemist (see illustration - the Mongolian cowboy hat is optional). There are sudden, unpleasant dust storms and you need some protection - dark glasses are also useful if you have sensitive eyes (and if you have Dry Eye Syndrome bring plenty of medication).
Don't come in winter - it can get to 30 (F) below. Or if you do, pack several layers of very warm clothing. And you'll still need your mask, as there's coal heaters everywhere and the air gets very polluted.
There are two Lamaseries, Xilitu Zhao and Da Zhao, across the street from each other. Da is the larger of the two and the second one you should visit. It isn't as real in feeling, and costs more to go in. Xilitu is smaller and in some ways more interesting. It's prayer places are more atmospheric, and when we were there, there seemed to be a healing ritual or ceremony in progress. It felt more authentic, with no window for ticket purchases.
Unique Suggestions: It's not that you shouldn't see these places. They do cost a bit to go in, but if you only want to see one, see the Xilitu Zhao.
The monks might have been real, they might have been performers. The Adidas athletic shoes and non-traditional pants didn't add to the realism of the place, but maybe it did add to the realism of an old, traditional religion in a land of commercialism.
As always in travel, I recommend the side streets; the streets that most tourists don't bother seeing, the streets that have the real people on them, the real smells, the real food, the real goings on. On our wanderings around the city, we spent much of the time on the side streets, and that has been some of the best parts. It's the best way, if...more
There's not all that much to do in Hohhot, in my mind, other than wander around and enjoy the architecture... it's a nice bit of refreshment from the block style of the rest of China... But they still have the blocks, don't worry.Part of the uniqueness of the architecture comes from the Islamic style, as Hohhot has many Muslims (just like Xi'An).more
I will provide the phone number of a good tour guide in Hohhot upon request.She speaks good English and passable Japanese.She and a friend accompanied me (and arranged a god car and driver) to Dayaocun and then to the Zhao wall at Wusutu. They all clearly enjoyed getting out of town and were very keen to learn, and took copious notes as we...more
Unusually, the Lonely Planet guidebook to China is extremely poor on Hohhot (actually the last three versions!).Some places are located in the wrong place (e.g. the railway hotel) and some places listed on the wrong street (e.g. Xilitu).I left it in the hotel room.The most glaring error (and the only one likely to cause a real problem) is that they...more