Travel Destinations: Hailaer, Inner Mongolia, China

Lian Slayford By Lian Slayford, 29th May 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1gmngmrf/
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This article explores Hailaer in Inner Mongolia as a great place to visit.

Travel Destinations: Hailaer, Inner Mongolia, China

Travel Destinations: Hailaer, Inner Mongolia, China

Hailaer is the northern most town in Inner Mongolia, home to around 216,000 people. Although not a city most people would consider when visiting China, it is a lovely town and an ideal base for visiting the Hulunbei’er Grasslands which start just outside of the city.

The Grasslands are a great place to go; there are several traditional yurts for tourists to visit, eat, listen to traditional music and sometimes stay for the night. These yurts are not homes for the Mongolian people, but you can come here to learn more about their fascinating history and culture. If you want to stay the night and want something more authentic, then you can opt to stay with a traditional Mongolian family in the Grasslands. Unless you speak Mongolian or Chinese, it is best to get someone to organise this for you.

There are many different ethnic groups in the area apart from the Mongolian people. There are around 20,000 Ewenki people here, mostly in the Grasslands just outside Hailaer. To learn more about their history and their culture, you should pay a trip to the Ewenki Museum (Ewenke Bowuguan). They are mostly famous to westerns for being one of the few people left to raise reindeer.

The museum has some fascinating artefacts and objects, clothing and artwork as well as interesting photos of their everyday lives. You can find the museum on the southeastern side of town and by catching the number 3 bus.

Other sights here include the Underground Fortress (Hailaer Yaosai Yizhi). This series of underground tunnels and rooms was constructed during the 1930s when the Japanese occupied the area known as Manchuria. They were built into the grasslands and offers a fascinating insight into the lives of the soldiers who lived here.

The Jinzhanghan Grasslands is a sight not to be missed. Around 40km north of the town and running along a stretch of river, the grasslands are definitely made for tourists. You can come here to sample milk tea, go horseback riding, hiking, sample traditional dinners and sing and dance. If you wish, you can spend the night in one of the brick yurts for Y60.

The Bayan Huxu Grasslands are located 40km southeast of the city and like the Jinzhanghan Grasslands there are more yurts here, however these ones are catered for two people and have a bathroom as well. The views are not as impressive as the previous but it is remote and when the stars come out and shine, it is truly romantic.

Hailaer is not a place for most tourists but the remoteness and the chance to learn more about the individual cultures within China makes it truly worthwhile.

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