24 Feb 2011

Inner Mongolia Tours

Posted by ChinaAdvisor

The Autonomous Region of Inner Mongolia in the north of China borders with the Republic of Mongolia and Russia. It is the widest province by its latitude in China. The nomadic tribes from the once fearsome Mongol nation were the reason for which China’s Great Wall was created. Its peculiar natural scenery, long history and brilliant culture make its sites unique and spectacular.

The most attractive about Inner Mongolia is its natural beauty. Vast grasslands like Huitengxile, Xilin Gol and Hulun Buir Grassland show a calm and impressing landscape. The mushroom-like yurts, bright sky, rolling grass, herds moving like white clouds on the remote grasslands, all this let one quickly forget the troubles of modern big cities. Especially around the provincial capital of Hohhot, one will find interesting cultural sites like the Dazhao Temple, Xilituzhao Palace and the Zhaojun Tomb. In the western part of the province the deserts are located. The most visited ones are the Badain Jaran Desert, Tengger Desert and Kubuqi Desert. The Gobi Alashan shows high rolling dunes, salty spring-fed lakes and is often visited by scientists and explorers.

Probably the best time to come to Inner Monoglia is during the mid-summer festival of Nadaam. Nadaam, locally termed “eriin gurvan naadam, is the traditional Mongolian festival held annually in July. It is celebrated in every city, town and village in Mongolia. This festival has been held for centuries as a form of memorial celebration, as an annual sacrificial ritual honoring various mountain gods. The festivities kick off with a colorful parade of athletes, monks, soldiers marching in perfect uniformity and musicians performing powerful military tunes. Known as “Three Manly Games”, the festival includes the sporting events of horse racing, wrestling and archery competitions. The three manly games were considered to be the essential skills that men should possess in ancient times. They needed to obtain these abilities to defeat the enemies. Each year, nomadic people from the outlying valleys come to join the festivities and thousands of wrestlers, horses and archers compete in Nadaam throughout Mongolia.

While we do offer our Inner Mongolia programs throughout the year, we encourage you to visit this marvelous land during Nadaam. Our Inner Mongolia tours will take you to experience the best of Mongolian culture and a variety of landscapes and activities. You’ll have the opportunity to sample local flavors and snacks like milk tea, finger mutton, roast lamb, cheese, followed by the wonderful performances of Mongolian singing and dancing. Also you will have the chance to stay overnight at a local and well-furnished Mongolian yurt.

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