May.1st-4th | 4 Days Tour to Inner Mongolia+Datong City
Sample Itinerary Day by Day
Day 1 Beijing - Xilamren Grassland ( L, D)
After we arrive at the Grassland, You’ll be warmly welcomed by local Mongolians who are colorfully dressed. They’ll present you a silver cup of wine; then our trip leader will arrange the yurt for you, two people share one yurt. and then we will go to have Lunch together, 10 people share one table. To be honest, the lunch is the normal tourist meal which may be not so good as you expected, but you can order some BBQ from their menu by yourself (not included).
After lunch we will take an horseback riding to visit a herdsman’s family and Aobao Hill, You are arranged to go to the stud farm to select the horse for your horseback riding which usually takes about 2 hours, herdsman’s family will welcome us to have dessert and mogolian tea in their yurt.
Appreciate the beautiful scenery of the grassland; taste some local favorites such as mutton and other traditional cuisines. Enjoy some traditional Mongolian activities like archery, horse racing, and Mongolian-style-wrestling performances.
After we finish horse riding, we can go back to our yurt and take a short rest and wait for dinner, 10 ppl share one table. The dinner is almost the same as Lunch, if you want Mongolia Palace Feast Meal as your dinner, we can arrange for you which is 180RMB/Pax.
In the evening, take part in a bonfire party and enjoy traditional dancing and local songs presented by the local Mongolians. After one day’s travel, you will stay in a Mongolian yurt, two people share one yurt, our yurt have indepent washing room. Far away from the light pollution, you will have chance to see the stars shinning in the night sky.
Day 3 Xilamuren Grasslan-Kubuqi desert Inner Mongolia (B、L、D)
You will rise early in your yurt in order to catch the majestic sunrise over the grassland if you dont want to miss it, and you’ll be able to roam among the blue skies and the tranquil and untouched flowers of the plains.
After breakfast, we’ll drive to the Kubuqi desert. On the way, you will cross the bridge of Yellow River. Get on the Ordos Plateau and you can appreciate the great scene of plateau and canyon. It is 350km away from Grassland to the Desert, it will take us 3-4 hours.
Upon arrival, we will have lunch firstly nearby Kubuqi Desert, traditiona Chinese lunch, vegitable and meat dishes are available. Around 13:00 we will go to the desert. enter the hinterland of the desert by cable car( 34mins ). Go Camel-riding on the sand and Sand Sliding、Zip-line、Off-Road Vehicle fee、Surfing Car. Or if you like hiking, you can hike a while in the desert guiding by our guide. We will leave 3.5 hours for us to have fun in the desert.
After we finish this program, we will have dinner nearby the desert or go back to Hohhot to have dinner. Today dinner is hotpot, vegetiable and meat provided.
From the desert to Hohot is around 180km, it will take us 2 hours to arrvie the city, and check in hotel.
After breakfast, enjoy our traveling bus journey from Hohhot to Datong City: Yungan Grottoes(218 km away, about 3hours’ driving).
Today, your first stop is the Yungang Grottoes. Listed as World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2001, Yungang Grottoes was built in Northern Wei Dynast (368 – 534). Its Buddhist culture and art involve in architecture, history, music and other aspects of Chinese culture, representing the highest achievement in Buddhist art in 5th to 6th century as the essence of oriental sculpture art.
Yungang Grottoes is one of the top three grottoes in China, along with Mogao Grottoes in Dunhuang and Longmen Grottoes in Luoyang. There are 45 major grottoes in total and 209 secondary caves, with about 1100 niches and 51000 statues. The biggest statue is 17 meters high and the smallest one is only 2 centimeters high.
Around 11:30, we can arrvie at Yungan Grottoes, and then you can taste Datong snakes nearby the senic spots. About 12:30 gather at the gate of Yungan Grottoes and our guide will arrange the tickets for you to get inside.Yungang Grottoes hold 53 grottoes with 51,000 statues. The Grottoes are the highlight of your visit to Datong, for it is the treasure of traditional Chinese art that also influenced by Greek and Indian style.
Around 16:00 we will head to our hotel and have dinner (traditional Chinese meal) and check in hotel. Then you can feel free to have a good relax in the hotel for the long junery.
After breakfast, we will head to Hanging Temple which is around 100km away from Datong city, it will take us around 2hours on the bus. Hanging Temple, built on the cliffs of Mt. Hengshan, one of the five most scared mountains in China. It is the only existing temple which combines Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism together in China. The temple was constructed in the late Northern Wei Dynasty (491AD), protruding from the cliff of Cuiping Peak and is 50 meter above the ground. The Times magazine selected the Hanging Temple as one of the Top 10 Unique and Precipitous Architectures in 2010.
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