Located 8 kilometers north of Baotou County, this well-preserved section of the Great Wall is an example of Qin Dynasty construction in Inner Mongolia. The Wall here features rammed-earth construction and beacon towers stationed at 1-kilometer intervals from one another.
The Great Wall at Hueitengliang is located in the Huitengliang Prairie area of Zhuozi County. This section of the Wall was built during the Han Dynasty and extends to a length of 46.6 kilometers.
Running 712 kilometers from east to west, the Qingshui River section of the Great Wall features many well-preserved examples of Ming Dynasty architecture and craftsmanship. Visitors will also be captivated by the natural beauty of Qingshui River’s picturesque surroundings.
The Site of Xanadu
A UNESCO World Heritage Site (2012), the Site of Xanadu is the remains of Kublai Khan’s legendary first capital. These Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) ruins are situated in the vast grasslands of Inner Mongolia. The pinnacle of 13th century architectural and cultural development, Xanadu was a place where cultures came together to fulfill the Khan’s strikingly forward-thinking vision of a diverse yet unified kingdom.
Xanadu was designed by Kublai Khan’s Chinese advisor, Liu Bingzhong. Renowned as an architect and a powerful occultist, Liu famously combined these two skill-sets, having Xanadu built to embody Feng Shui principles for the dual purposes of tangible function as well as unquantifiable energy flow.
Today, the unrelenting advance of nature has reclaimed much of the original site of Xanadu. Yet, despite the surrounding grassland’s progression, the overall structure and design of Xanadu remains intact. Structural remnants and their locations reveal Kublai Khan’s insistence of integrating both Chinese agrarian culture and the nomadic customs of the north with buildings and areas designated for each.
Built during the Qing Dynasty under Emperor Kangxi’s reign (1662-1722), the Wudangzhao Lamasery is Inner Mongolia’s largest Tibetan Buddhist lamasery. Wudangzhao is located 70 kilometers northeast of Baotou and continues to be home to many Buddhist monks. Today, both tourists and Buddhist believers regularly travel to Wudangzhao, as the Lamasery’s many splendors inspire all visitors alike.
Considered China’s premier destination for desert tourism activities, Xiangsha Bay is located among the vast shifting sand dunes of the Inner Mongolian desert. These dunes are famous for their distinct “whispers” that echo through the sands, hence Xiangsha’s English name, “Echoing Sand Bay.” Visitors can engage in many activities here, including sightseeing and exploring, as well as camel riding and parasailing for the more adventurous.
Mausoleum of Genghis Khan
The Mausoleum of Genghis Khan was built in the 1980’s as a tribute to the “Powerful King” of the Mongolian people. This immense place of worship and honor is found in the Inner Mongolian city of Ordos.
Though the location of Genghis Khan’s physical remains continues to be a mystery, the Mausoleum and its surrounding facilities offers followers of the Great Khan a place to show their respects. It also allows visitors to explore the history, culture and artifacts of Genghis Khan and the Mongolian way of life.
Mongolian designs and features come alive all throughout the massive grounds of the Mausoleum. Giant archways, colorful rooftops, paintings, and numerous statues are found around nearly every corner. Meanwhile, rituals and ceremonies continue to demonstrate Mongolian culture and history for visitors to engage with.
Gegentala Grasslands Tourism Center
120 kilometers north of Hohhot, the Gegentala Grasslands are the largest grasslands of Inner Mongolia. They feature lush, natural pastures and offer many traditional Mongolian activities for visitors to observe as well as participate in. These activities include: horseback riding, archery, herding, wrestling, folk dance, and evening campfires.
Located within Xilinhot City, this Qing Dynasty temple has served as a place of Tibetan Buddhist worship since 1741. The campus of Gushabeizi is comprised of a 12 separate temples.