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Hohhot Travel Guide
Geographical Position
Hohhot, which means “green city“ in Chinese, is located at the center of Inner Mongolia, about 670km from Beijing. Hohhot is encircled by the Great Dark Mountains to the north and the Hetao Plateau to the south.

Area

The total area of Hohhot is 17,224 square kilometers. The downtown area of Hohhot is 150 square kilometers.

Population
At the end of 2008, the population of permanent residents in Hohhot is 2,580,000, in which the downtown area is 1,330,800.

Nationalities
Hohhot is an old city with a diverse population of 36 ethnic groups: Han, Hui, Man, Chaoxian, Owenke, etc.

Weather
The climate of Hohhot is arid. Winter is cold and short, and summer is hot and long. Winds in spring are very strong, sometimes with sand storms.

History
Hohhot is Mongolian, in Chinese means “green city“. Hohhot was found by Mongol ruler in the late 16th century. They built a fortress there. Hui merchants came and built a mosque near the fortress. In 1952, Hohhot became the administrative centre instead of Ulanhot. Hohhot becomes one of the famous tourist destinations of Inner Mongolia.

Local Products
Food in Hohhot has strong ethnic features, such as milk tea, roasted whole sheep, cream and tender finger mutton. The most famous food is roasted whole sheep. Its“s a must when you travel to Hohhot.

Major Attractions
Zhaojun Tomb, Five Pagoda Temple, White Pagoda

Hohhot Shopping
Hohhot Shopping

Things in Hohhot are full of regional characters. You can buy something special there. There are a lot of shopping centers and markets in Hohhot. When you arrive there, you can buy some souvenirs and local products.



Hohhot Dining
Hohhot Dining

Influenced by the nomadic Mongolian culture, most of the food in Hohhot is different from the food in other places of China. You can taste typical Mongolian food and drinks in Hohhot, such as finger mutton, roasted whole sheep, cream, and a large varieties of dairy drinks. The daily drinks includes milk tea, boiled skim milk, and wine.
According to the culture of Inner Mongolia, the beautiful Mongolian girls will sing the toast song and present you with a “Hada” (a piece of light blue silk) to show blessing when you are offered mare milk wine.

Hohhot Weather
Hohhot Weather

Hohhot belongs to semi-arid climate with distinct four seasons. Summer in Hohhot is fairly hot and short. Winter in is long and cold. The average temperature of the coldest month is -12.7~16.1℃, and the average temperature of the hottest month is 17~22.9℃.

The temperature difference in the morning and in the evening is big, so thick clothes are necessary even in summer. Hohhot is also hit by sandstorms in spring.

Hohhot Nightlife
Hohhot Nightlife

Nightlife in Hohhot is rich and colorful. There are various activities for you to enrich your nightlife in Hohhot. Hohhot is also a minority rendezvous, its unique ethical charm is more attractive, such as the wonderful Mongolian song and dance shows. At night, you can join their bonfire party; you can go to the cinema and watch a film; you can also go to the coffee house or bars to relax yourself.

Hohhot Attraction
Hohhot Attraction

Seeing too many buildings, hills and man-made sites, you must be tired of these things. So why not go a little bit further north to Inner Mongolia and enjoy the natural beauty?



Hohhot Transportation
Hohhot Transportation

Located on the Jingbao Railway from Beijing to Baotou, Hohhot is the hub of communication in northwestern China. The transportation in Hohhot is convenient. There are trains and flights for major cities in China and Ulan Bator in Mongolia. The public transit system of Hohhot is composed of nearly one hundred bus routes and a large fleet of taxis, which are normally green.




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