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9-day China Grassland & Desert Discovery

Tour code: ETC-Q102   

China’s landscapes are vast, varied and spectacular with grasslands, mountains, rivers, valleys, deserts. On this tour, you will travel to vast grassland in Hohhot and pay a home visit to local Monglian’s tent; another fun activity include is taking camel riding in Gebi desert…

Tour Date City Tour Brief
1 Hohhot
Arrival in Hohhot
2 Hohhot Gegentala Grassland, overnight at local tent
3 Hohhot
Five Pagoda Temple, Dazhao Temple, head to Baotou
4 Baotou
Meidaizhao Lamasey, Wudangzhao
5 Baotou / Ordos
Drive to Ordos, Singing Sand Ravine, camel riding
6 Ordos / Yinchuan
Tomb of Genghis Khan, transfer to Yinchuan
7 Yinchuan / Zhongwei
transfer to Zhongwei, 108 Buddhist Pagodas, cruise on Yellow River
8 Zhongwei / Yinchuan
Western Xia Mausoleums, the cliff carvings in Helan Mountain
9 Yinchuan
Sand Lake Scenic Area, End of Service
Day 01 Arrival in Hohhot (No meal)
Arrive in Hohhot, the capital of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, you will be picked up at the airport and transferred to the hotel.

Day 02 Hohhot – Grassland (B, L, D)
Transfer to visit the Gegentala Grassland, pay a home visit to local herdsmen’s tent and witness their customs and traditions. Overnight at the local tent.

Day 03 Grassland - Hohhot – Baotou (B, L)
Drive back to Hohhot, visit Five Pagoda Temple, Dazhao Temple. Head for Baotou by either train or car (2 hours).

Day 04 Baotou (B, L)
Visit Meidaizhao Lamasey, the only existing architectural complex that combines residence and temple, where people and Buddha live together. Continue on to Wudangzhao, a vast complex and used to be the residence of the highest ranking lama in Inner Mongolia and now it is the only intact Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Inner Mongolia.

Day 05 Baotou – Ordos (B, L)
Drive to Ordos, and visit Singing Sand Ravine (Xiangshawan), one hour camel riding at desert.

Day 06 Ordos – Yinchuan (B, L)
Continue the tour to Tomb of Genghis Khan, the great leader of the Mongol Tribes. The main structure is made up of three connecting palaces in Mongolian yurt style with a 5-meter-high statue of Genghis Khan. Later, transfer to fly to Yinchuan, the capital of Ningxia.

Day 07 Yinchuan – Zhongwei (B, L)
Take a private car to Zhongwei to visit the 108 Buddhist Pagodas, lying on a mountain slope in rows of increasing odd numbers to form a colossal triangle. Take a cruise along the Yellow River by sheepskin raft, which used to be the traditional means of transportation of the local people.

Day 08 Zhongwei – Yinchuan (B, L)

Drive back to Yinchuan, pay a visit to Western Xia Mausoleums, where includes nine tombs of Western Xia Kings and 250-plus companion tombs buried with the remains of the major imperial family members and aristocrats. Then proceed to see the cliff carvings in Helan Mountain, dating back some 10000 years ago.

Day 09 Yinchuan departure (B)

Drive to visit the Sand Lake Scenic Area, which boasts a unique scene that combines picturesque wetland and virulent desert. Transfer to the airport and fly to your next destination.

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As all of our holidays are tailor-made it isn’t possible to give anexact price on the web-site as the final cost is dependant on a number of factors. These include the number of people in your party, the season you travel, the standard of hotel (we offer a variety of standards from three-star to super-luxurious) and duration of your trip. However, as aguideline you should expect to pay from US$ for the opposite itinerary.

Included Services

Private transfers airport/hotel/airport;
Private tours escorted by an English-speaking guide;
Accommodations with daily breakfast;
Meals specified in itinerary as B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner;
Domestic flights and trains listed;
Admission fees.

Non-included Services,
Visa arrangement;
Excess luggage charge(the luggage allowance at economy class is 20kg);
Personal expense;
Any meals not specified as "B, L or D";

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