Hohhot is the capital of the Inner Mongolian Autonomous Region, located in Tumochuan Plain, the central part of Inner Mongolia. “Hohhot” means the “Green City” in Mongolian language. Another nickname called “Zhao City” is titled because of the visours Zhao temples. This city is a famous one in southern China. The unique ethnic characters and countless historic scenic spots, the magnificent natural sceneries and the multi-color minority culture, the joyful Mongolian dances, songs and the sport, all of these can be found in Hohhot. The experience in this city may be unforgettable in your life time.
Hohhot is the famous historical and cultural city of China, is full of natural beauty and historical relics. The relics of "Dayao Culture "at eastern suburbs indicating human activities of 500,000 years ago. In the period of Warring States 2300 years ago, Zhaowuhou build the Ancient City into one. In Northern Wei period, Xianbei ethnic groups established capital at Horinger County now, the first capital in north grassland, named Shile in history. In Liao period named Fengzhou.
In Ming Dynasty, Tolmud Mongols had long been semi-agricultural Hohhot. In 1581,Tolmud leader Altan Khan constructed the city now in Yuquan District, named Hohhot in Mongolian meaning. And the Ming Dynasty changed the name as Guihua. In 1737,The Qing government Built strong garrison town Suiyuan city at the northeast Guihua, then unite two city as one named Guisui. In 1954, after was approved by the State Council of China, the city became the capital of Inner Mongolia, and resume the name of Hohhot.
♦ Area Code: 0471
♦ Zip Code: 010020
♦ Area: 17,224 square kilometers
♦ Population: including a population of 2.63 million with inhabited by the 36 ethnic groups including the Mongolians as the main body, the Han, Hui, Manchu, Korean, Daur, and Oroqen ethnic groups.
♦ Administrative Division: Hohhot has a total land area of 17224 square kilometers, and its administration Yuquan District, Huimin District, Xincheng District, Saihan District and Tolmud left Banner, Tokto County, Horinger County, Qingshuihe County, Wuchuan County, total 9 districts, counties, banner and 1 national level Economic and Technological Development Zone.
♦ Climate: Hohhot lies at an average of 1,050 meters above sea-level in the middle temperate in-land regions, the annual precipitation is 300-500 milliliters, yearly average temperature is about 8℃.Here is blue shy and green land, no chilliness in winter and no intense heat in summer, has different four season with inviting views, named as the heaven of grassland.
♦ How to Get There
Hohhot Baita International Airport (IATA: HET) is Inner Mongolia's main airport. Located one hour outside of Hohhot, regular flights are available to Beijing, Chifeng, Guangzhou, Hailar, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Shijiazhuang, Tianjin, Wuhan, Xian, and Xilinhot.So a Hohhot tour is very convenient.
International flight are available to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.
Hohhot is connected to the following cities by rail: Baotou (2 hrs), Beijing (11 hrs), Datong (5 hrs), Erenhot (11 hrs), Yinchuan (10 hrs), Moscow and Ulaanbaatar.
The Beijing to Hohhot overnight train is K89. K89 departs at 21:00 and arrives at 07:20. The K90 from Hohhot to Beijing departs at 21:23 and arrives at 07:20 (cost is ~$24USD for a hard sleeper).
Trains 4652 and 4653 run between Hohhot and Erlian. The train leaving from Hohhot departs at 22:00 and arrives at 06:08 (cost is between ~$11USD for a hard sleeper).
The long distance bus station is located next to main train station. Facing the station, it is on the left side of the square.
There are regular bus services to the following cities: Baotou (2 hrs), Beijing (8-11 hrs), Datong (4 hrs), Erlian (6-7 hrs, 88RMB) and Dongsheng (3 hours).
If you are attracted by Hohhot, make a China tour and include Hohhot in your travel list.