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Hohhot, capital of the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, is located on the Inner Mongolian plateau 425 kilometers northwest of Beijing. Bordering the Daping Mountains in the north and facing the Dahei River in the south, Hohhot is a beautiful city on the grasslands. In Mongolian hohhot means "green city." The Xiongnus (Huns), the Xianpeis, the Tujues, and other minority nationalities of ancient China lived here in compact communities, giving the city a rich heritage of national cultures. It is now a major textile center. Other industries in which great progress has been made include leather, sugar, machine making, steel, and animal-product

Hohhot Travel Guide

Map of HohhotHohhot is an ideal place to relax away from modern day pressure thanks to the magnificent natural beauty of the Gegentala and Xilamuren Glasslands as well as fantastic cultural sites such as the Dazhao Temple, Five-Pagoda Temple and the Xilituzhao Palace. Mongolian folk songs and wrestling are popular entertainments while ethnic delicacies and the clemency of the local people add to the enjoyment of a stay here. Travelers can enjoy a wide variety of activities including horse riding, or maybe visiting the home of a herdsman's family or roaming over the vast grassland and of course there is the thrilling Nadam Fair.

Architecture, Hohhot in Inner MongoliaAs a tourist resort, Hohhot has a modern reliable transport network, excellent hotels and large shopping centers. The city brings together specialties from all over Inner Mongolia, ranging from Mongolian silverwares, carpets, cashmere, camel hair products, traditional knives,decorative deer antlers, narrow-leaved oleaster curtain, oatmeal and various dairy products to fancy Mongolian costumes.

A trip to Hohhot will leave you in a peaceful state of mind after what is sure to be an unforgettable experience.

Local Food

"Gold glass and silver glass, Let's fill them with wine, Raise them with both our hands.
Millet stir-fried in Butter, milk tea and finger mutton, Help yourself to these delicious food."
The above lines are the song which the Mongolian people sing when they propose a toast at the dinner party. The words of the toast song give us some idea of the Mongolian food and drink.
Roast Lamb, Butter, Shaomai, Instant-Boiled Mutton, Cheese, Naked Oat Flour, Cooked Mutton, Sour Milk, Buckwheat Flour, Finger Mutton Milk Tea.

Roast Lamb

Roast lamb is the traditional Mongolian food, which is specially prepared when a dinner party is held in honor of the distinguished guests or a great celebration is held. The roast lamb, which looks golden red and tastes quite delicious, is laid on a square wooden dish.

Instant-Boiled Mutton

Instant-boiled mutton, also called the Mongolian Fire Pot, was created in the Yuan Dynasty. Choose mutton from the back, rear legs or tail of a killed sheep. Cut the mutton into slices. The boiled mutton is fresh and tender, not greasy.

Cooked Mutton

This is the delicacy which the Mongolian people like best. It is only prepared for the special occasions, such as offering sacrifices to gods or ancestors, holding weddings or celebrating the elder's birthday. When the dinner party begging, it is customary for the Mongolian people to cut a piece of meat from the fat tail first and have a taste of it.
Finger Mutton
This dish is the traditional food which the Mongolian people have liked best for thousands of years. People often use their fingers to take the meat while eating. That's why the dish is called finger mutton.

It is also called yellow butter. Butter is nutritious and unique in flavor, is suitable for both the Chinese food and the Western food.

It is one of the dairy products the Mongolian people like best.

Sour Milk
Generally, the Mongolian people like drinking sour milk, instead of drinking fresh milk.

Milk Tea

Milk tea is the traditional hot drink the Mongolian people like best. It is made by boiling the water with brick tea and fresh milk. People usually put a little salt into the milk when they drink it.
Sometimes they put a little butter or stir-fried millet into the milk tea.


Shaomai is a local delicacy, which has a long history in Hohhot. The visitors who come to Hohhot always have a taste of shaomai. Shaomai is characteristic of unique technique, fine raw materials, nice and thin wrappers, delicious fillings and all necessary ingredients and seasoning. The hot shaomai taken just out of the steamer gives out pleasing smell. It looks like a small soft bag when it is picked up with chopsticks, and looks like a small pancake when it is placed on the plate. It is delicious in taste and pleasing in form.
Naked Oat Flour
Naked oat flour is processed out of naked oats. The naked oats, which is a low-yield, cold-resisting and salt-alkali-resisting crop with a short mature period, contain high protein, fat and many kinds of trace elements, such as iron, calcium and phosphorus.
The naked oat flour is processed in a special way. The food of various kinds can be made out of the naked oat flour. They are well received by the local people.
Buckwheat Flour
Buckwheat flour is processed out of buckwheat. The flour can be made into noodles and some other kinds of food. Putting some mutton gravy into the noodle, people find the food quite delicious.

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