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Xilin Gol Grassland

Ride horses, live in Mongolian yurts, eat local foods, and get an unforgettable summer on the endless grassland in Inner Mongolia


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Xilin Gol Grassland is one of the biggest and most beautiful grasslands in China. Xilin Gol, also spelt Xilingol, means "river on the plateau" in Mongolian. With the ecological significance and magnificent sceneries, Xilin Gol Grassland was established as the first grassland biosphere reserve in China in 1987. This land is an excellent choice for you to escape from your busy life and enjoy broad prairies. Here you can breathe the clean air, view endless grassland dotted by white yurts, and enjoy fresh milk and hand-serving meat. Cattle and sheep are everywhere. Distant mountains, close rivers, blue sky, and clusters of clouds—all build an idyllic world for you.

Xilin Gol Grassland is also a place for you to experience Mongolian culture. Here, people live in traditional Mongolian yurts. These are round tents covered by felts and only need three to four hours to be constructed. As nomads in grassland move frequently, these portable yurts are specially designed to fit their lifestyle.

Horses are another symbol of Mongolian culture. You can ride a horse to enjoy the vast lands and view the breathtaking sunset. Mongolian-style food and clothes are also part of the culture not to miss.

The best time to visit Xilin Gol Grassland is from May to September. At this time of year, you can both have pleasant weather and enjoy the green grass of the prairies. Summer is also a great time to experience Mongolian culture. The Mongolian traditional festival—Nadam—is usually held in July and August. "Nadam" means "game" or "amusement" in Mongolian. At this festival, three significant events take place—horse racing, archery, and wrestling. At night, you can dance with other people around the bonfire and listen to music played on traditional Mongolian instruments.

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