Hohhot in Mongolian means green city-three sides of the city, except the south, are embraced by the once forest-rich Daqingshan, the Big Green Mountain. Located in the middle of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region
It possesses the population of more than 2.5 million.
It covers an area of 17,224 sq km (about 4,256,139 acres).
Hohhot is the home of Han, Mongolian, Manchu, Hui, Korean and many other nationalities.
It is quite cold in Hohhot since it is influenced by monsoon climate. Winter of Hohhot is long and cold with a lowest temperature of -25 to -45 degrees Celsius. Thus the best time to visit Hohhot is from April to October when the beautiful scenery of the grassland can be seen, especially from the July to September.
Hohhot boasts a long history like many other Chinese cities. As early as the Warring States Period (476 BC-221 BC), Zhao Kingdom built Yunzhong City in this area. Today, people still can see the relics of Zhao Great Wall in Hohhot. After the first emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang, defeated other kingdoms and unified China, Hohhot region became Yunzhong County of Qin Dynasty (221 BC-206 BC).
Hohhot City Feature
The Nadam Fair is held every year. At that time, visitors can watch the horse racing, Mongolian wrestling, traditional performances etc and enjoy the true essence of grassland life.
Mongolian people are very hospitable. Whether you are a relative, a friend or a stranger, Mongolians will welcome you warmly. Visitors are welcomed with an offer of milk tea, alcohol and snacks. A feast of whole cow or sheep is the utmost respect to the visitors. People will sing songs and propose toasts before eating. The eldest people in the room will cut a cross in the forehead of the sheep and cut down some pieces of meat, and then the eldest people will turn the head of the sheep to the main visitor. Then the visitor should turn the head back to the host. The host will sacrifice the head and the meat to Buddha. Mongolian people prefer long garment, short coat and boots. Men like blue and deep blue while women prefer red, green and azure. A Mongolian knife is a must for Mongolian men. It is not only a decoration but also an implement to kill sheep and cut meat since beef and mutton are the major meats in a Mongolian diet. Mongolians are also good at dancing and singing. Matou Qin, or horse head string instrument, is a traditional musical instrument of Mongolian. Long Tune, a unique singing method of Mongolian people, is now one of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.
Hohhot has such industries as woollen textiles, machinery, iron and steel, chemicals, hides processing (tan) , sugar refinery, and daily products.
What to see
Prime tourist attractions are Dazhao Lamasery, Zhaojun's Tomb and Five-Pagoda Temple. The Five-Pagoda Temple is an important Tibetan Buddhist temple. The pagoda in it is 16.5 meters (54.1 feet) high. There are over 1,000 Buddha statues carved on the body of the pagoda. Wanbu Huayanjing Pagoda is also called the White Pagoda. It is located in Baita Village, 17 kilometers (10.6 miles) away from the downtown area of Hohhot. Xilitu Zhao is the largest lama temple in Hohhot. It is located in Shitou Xiang in the old city of Hohhot, near the Dazhao Temple. Zhaojun Tomb is 33 meters (108.3 feet) high. In front of the tomb there is a flat terrace on which the poem steles are built. When seen from a distance the tomb appears to be deep blue in color.
Milk tea, alcohol and snacks, a feast of whole cow or sheep.