Inner Mongolia is characterised by steppes stretching as far as the eye can see and travelled by horses, and the Gobi Desert, where you will find camels. As the gateway to this independent province in the far north of China, Hohhot is the ideal starting point for a trip to the region's steppes and experiencing a night in a traditional yurt. Dongsheng, a stopover city on the way to the Mausoleum of Genghis Khan, and the beautiful Dalai Lake, which borders Russia, are not to be missed.
The independent region of Inner Mongolia is mainly covered by mountains. The plateau stretches 1,864 miles northeast to southwest, and most of the area is located more than 1,000m above sea level. The steppes and the Gobi Desert are the highlights of these landscapes.
In Inner Mongolia, traditions tend to disappear, unlike in the neighbouring country of Mongolia. The Mongolian tradition of hospitality dates back to the time of Genghis Khan, who added a law related to this matter to his penal code. Entering a yurt is the subject of a ritual. Several festivals are celebrated throughout the year.