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So youre a keen travelerChina checklist: Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, The Shanghai Bund, The Terracotta Warriors, The Inner Mongolian Naadam festival!!!So youve finally made it North of Beijing to the beautiful Hohhot, the bustling capital city and heart of Inner Mongolia. At a guess, you made the special trip off of the beaten track to experience the epic grasslands, the beautiful Mongolian horses, the rather different cuisine and the breathtaking culture. What better way of experiencing the true essence of Inner Mongolia than by traveling to a sacred spot with a real Mongolian guide, and taking part in a traditional festival that is integral to the very being of the Mongolian lifestyle? This trip will take your breath away, set your heart racing, and will without doubt be a high light to your stay in China!What is Naadaam Festival?Naadam Festival is the biggest event of the year, equivalent possibly to our Christmas! It is known as the eriyn gurvan naadam, after the three 'manly sports' of wrestling, archery and horse racing. The festival is held all over the Mongolian area!
So what will you be doing?-See the unseen Mongolia-Have a stay in a small Mongolian City-Watch sunrise over the grasslands-Try traditional Mongolian Cuisine-Watch a traditional horse race-Watch or take part in Mongolian Wrestling-Watch Mongolian Archery-Meet the coolest camel the world has ever seen!!!
Nadaam tourDay 1:You will leave Hohhot in the Anda Guesthouse Minibus with your lovely guides and set off on a trip, which takes around 4 hours. The scenery is staggering (I strongly recommend putting the action or movement setting on your camera and get snapping!) You will have one toilet stop thats memory will probably stay with you for the rest of your life.You will arrive at a small very modern city in the early evening where you can have a look around the square before getting ready to go out for dinner. The guides will look after you every step of the way!You will take a traditional Mongolian meal, which will involve the traditional salty tea, boiled mutton and a variety of dishes similar to Chinese food. (You may even get to try some baijoonce tried never forgotten!!!)You will retire to your hotel (included in the price) not to late so that you are ready to arise at 4am.Day 2:Your guides will be waiting outside in the mini bus where they will take you on an approximately 1 hour ? journey to the festival (nice nap time as it is still pitch black!!)You will arrive at a small farm complete with goats, sheep and a camel. Here is another excellent photo opportunity. It is freezing cold, so make use of your jumpers whilst you wait for the sun to rise.When the sun has risen you will be taken by minibus to the summit of a large hill. This will be decorated in traditional Nadaam festival clours, flags and stones. There will also be a series of ready prepared offerings, one of these including a goat (the meat is ready prepared and on a plate).A holy man then reads from his notes over the offerings whilst you sit or stand in the tranquility of the Mongolian grasslands. This is a very peaceful time. You are able to take photographs throughout.The local people will then go through the motions of the festival, adding stones to the pile, pouring milk over the stones and burning poo. Yes..burning poo!!!When the ceremony draws to a close you will be taken for a tradional breakfast in a yurt ( a traditional Mongolian house).The days activities will then commence. It will begin with local children racing Mongolian horses through a 10km! course. This was the highlight of the experience for me. The guides drive the mini bus to the start of the race, and then follow the horses alongside on the road. This experiencing is very exhilarating, and you almost feel like part of the race!! Again an excellent opportunity for photographs!You will then be ordered into a large circle, where you can either watch or take partyes you can live out your fantasies of being a real wrestlerleathers and all!!! This is complete with trophies and music!You may then get to see some archery!The guides will then return you back to Anda Guesthouse, or link the trip with a nights stay in a yurt for horse riding and a grassland tour the following day.What you will need: A back pack (the majority of your stuff will be kept safe and secure for you in the hostel) A Warm jumper (before the sun rises it gets COLD!) Trainers / Comfy shoes (your not climbing Mount Everest but if you fancy a stroll around. Comfort first ☺) Some water (there are opportunities to buy some there, but these are few and far between) Some snacks for those fussy eaters amongst you! Toilet rollwow the Mongolian toilets are an experience! Toiletries 1 change of clothes ipod/ entertainment for the minibus Sunscreen CAMERA!!!!!If you want to Horse ride bring some socks. You can hire them if you forget however ☺
We kindly welcome you to join the only true and top rated - Mongolian family guesthouse in Hohhot, one of the major tourist destinations of Inner Mongolia.
What makes our relaxed and welcoming hostel unique here is not only our great value and hospitality, but the fact that within the citys population of 1.14 million, less than even 10% are truly Mongolian, so we are the only hostel that can provide our guests with an authentic ethnic experience which you would be unable to find anywhere elsewhere.
Here you can truly get the real Mongolian feeling whilst relaxing and enjoying our comfortable and friendly atmosphere with all modern conveniences at your disposal. We take great pride in ensuring that all of our guests enjoy their time here and can leave only wishing one day to return again to the legendary dominion of Genghis and Kublai Khan.
Already having been open and established, with a top reputation within Inner Mongolia, we have been providing both quality accommodation and our specialist tours to the satisfaction of global travelers for more than three years. Within that time our experienced, enthusiastic and multi-lingual team have provided a second-to-none service for both the single and group-member guest, offering not only a professional but also warm and friendly atmosphere here which is amply capable of fulfilling our guests needs to both their happiness and our on-going success. You can hang-out in our hostel to meet fellow travelers, enjoy watching a movie or cable television and DVDs, or enjoy a cool drink or beer on our sunny patio complete with mini Yurt the common name for the traditional Mongolian tent.
If you are lucky you may even hear the happy staff sing you a traditional Mongolian song! We can also help you with arranging your onward journey and travel plans within both Inner Mongolia and further afield, our hostel being well connected with others in Mainland China so you will know the best places to go, and get the best advice!
Our staff will help you to their best ability with any transport requests / queries and also with their pleasure. Hohhot, as well as being an ideal base from which to explore Inner Mongolia, also has direct transport links to major mainland China cities: by rail to Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Tianjin, Suzhou, Harbin, Shenyang as well as multiple other destinations. By bus easily to Beijing, Xian, Pingyao, Datong etc, and Hohhot's Baita International Airport has direct flights to Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Wuhan, Hong Kong etc., and to Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia (with appropriate visa which we can help you to acquire.)
As we are conveniently located in the centre of the city, we are within easy reach of the train station from which we can provide a free pick-up service also provided from the bus station - for your convenience to bring you directly here with a smile! [The citys airport can be reached in around half-an-hours time by local taxi at a fee c.50rmb, or we can arrange to pick you up for 60 RMB/1car (1--3persons)， 100 RMB/1Mini bus or jeep(1--9 persons)].
From our base you can tour the city which was founded by Altan Khan in the 16th century, its name meaning Blue City in Mongolian, in reference to the placid blue skies over the panoramic grasslands (the color blue in Mongolian culture is associated with the sky, eternity and purity). Of particular note are the temples and pagodas set in a fully-modernized urban environment: the 5-tiered, Indian-influenced Wuta pagoda dating from 1732 - within which walls there are more than 1,500 figures of Buddha - the monks praying and chanting in the Da Zhao and Xilitu Zhao temple and Buddhist lamasery, and the newer Guanyin Si complex popular with the locals and famous for its oversized sputa. For those wishing to investigate Inner Mongolias history, there is the newly constructed Museum, with exhibits ranging from displays concerning the legendary Khans, others dating back to prehistoric dinosaurs and also forward to space-age rockets. Here you may also learn about the provinces other ethnic groups in colorful displays.
Of course, no visit would be complete without trying the local food and specialty hotpot also available in-house at our hostel by request. Being a large and modern city, Chinese, Western and Asian-fusion restaurants are all easily accessible, our hostel being literally one minutes walk away from the Restaurant Street even though you may well feel guilty for visiting the local international brand fried-chicken establishments! There are also bars, coffee-shops, popular karaoke KTV bar/discos as well as a multitude of street-stalls selling meat-kebabs, local cuisine and of course the regions famous milk tea. All of our hostels guests can receive a free local map giving detailed instructions and directions to the citys many attractions and sites as well as transport hubs.
Comfortable accommodation with 39 beds
24 Hour Reception
Free pick-up service from the train and bus station
Free security lockers
Train / bus / plane ticket booking service
Breakfast, linen provided
Visa application assistance
Electric fans available for cooling in all rooms
Self-service kitchen and small self-service bar/lounge
Cable TV and DVDs + large screen projector in our comfortable lounge area
Internet access + wi-fi access
Hot + cold shower and Western-style toilets
Luggage Storage, wheelchair access, free parking, bicycle parking
Bright patio with lots of sunshine and more!
Our tours are specifically-tailored to provide an authentic cultural experience, unlike other groups which will only send you to more commercially orientated destinations, designed mainly for mass-tourism and lacking legitimate cultural opportunity. Thus, with our tours, we can guarantee you will see the real deal rather than the tourist-traps offered by others!
Our Tours (please contact us directly for seasonal availability via search by Google / search engines for Anda Guesthouse)
Desert Tour: 1 Day tour
Activities: After breakfast, travel by mini bus（3 and half hours driving and leave for the desert at 9:00am, return c.7:00pm. Lunch. Experience the vast panoramic plains of the desert. Hike in the desert. Enjoy desert activities e.g sand sliding, quad biking and camel riding.
Desert Tour: 2 Days 1 Night
Activities: Day 1: After breakfast, travel by mini-bus and leave for the desert at 9:00am. Lunch. Go to Uudan Lama Temple. Experience the vast panoramic plains of the desert. Take a surfing car to the oasis (2 hours). Enjoy the sunset. Spend the night in a tent near the oasis.
Day 2: Watch the sunrise. Return by riding a camel out of the desert.
(tour prices excludes cost of camel riding for return journey)130RMB for return journey.
2 Days and 1 Night Tour of the Gobi Desert and Uudan Lama Temple Tour
Activities: Day 1: After breakfast, travel by mini bus and leave for the desert at 9:30am in the morning to go to the desert. Lunch. Experience the vast panoramic plains of the desert. Take a camel ride. Go to Uudan Lama temple (the largest Lama temple in Inner Mongolia). Enjoy the sunset. Enjoy the shining stars in the sky. Spend the night in a hotel (staying in the Lamas dorm room) next to the Lama Temple
Day 2: Watch the sunrise. Visit the Uudan Lama Temple and listen to the Lama class. Climb the moutains around the Uudan Lama Temple.Have a quiet and peaceful night time.
Great Wall of China Tour 1 Day tour
Activities: After breakfast, travel by mini bus and leave for the Great Wall at Helin xian in the morning. Travel time 2 hours.Then, hike to the Great Wall from Hudailukou (approximately 2 hours). See the majestic mountainous plains of Hohhot, farmers tending their crops and wind generators (wind turbines) across the Shanxi border. See the Great Wall between the Shanxi and Inner Mongolia borders. Enjoy a picnic lunch in the mountainous plains.
Xilamuren Grassland Tour (A):1 Day 1-Night Tour
Option 1: Travel by mini bus（2hours driving） to visit a traditional Mongolian family. Option 2: Travel by mini bus (2hours driving) to visit a tourist camp.
Activities: Enjoy a traditional Mongolian lunch and dinner. Visit the beautiful and scenic Grassland. Horse-riding and trekking on the Grassland. Spend a night in a Mongolian yurt (In Mongolian a Ger). Take part in lighting of cows dung fire. Watch the sunrise and sunset. Enjoy the shining stars in the sky. Have a quiet and peaceful time. Watch sheep and cattle herding (for Option 1 only). Stay with Chinese tourists (for Option 2 only).
Xilamuren Grassland Tour (B):1 Day Tour
Activities: After breakfast, travel by mini bus（2 hours driving） to visit a traditional Mongolian family. Enjoy a traditional Mongolian lunch and dinner. Visit the beautiful and scenic grassland. Horse-riding and trekking on the grassland. Watch sheep and cattle herding.
We look forward to your arrival