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Inner-mongolia-map"Ordos" literally means "palaces" in the Mongolian language.Located in the southwest of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, Ordos City is encircled by the Yellow River in the north, the west and the east. It is separated from Shaanxi and Shanxi in the south by the Great Wall. Together with Hohhot and Baotou, the three cities constitute the economic triangle of this region. 

Ordos Facts
Chinese Name: 鄂尔多斯 (è ěr duō sī)
Population: 1,397,000
Area: 86,752 square kilometers (33,495 square miles)
Nationalities: Han, Mongol

Geography of Ordos

Located in the upper reaches of the Yellow River, the city is in the hinterland of the Ordos Plateau. The terrain is higher in the western plateau area and lower in the eastern hilly area. The north part of the city is alluvial plain and the central land is the Muus Desert and the Khoqi Desert.

Administrative Division: 1 district (Dongsheng District); 7 banners (Dalad Banner, Junggar Banner, Otog Front Banner, Otog Banner, Hangjin Banner, Uxen Banner, Ejin Horo Banner)
Banner: Qi, a special county-level administrative unit in Inner Mongolia

History of Ordos

Ordos City was established on February 26th 2001 from the former Ikh Juu League which name had been used for the area since the 17th Century.Ordos, formerly Ih Ju League, is numerous palaces in Mongolian. People living there 35,000 years ago created colorful culture. Before the Qin Dynasty (221BC-206BC) established shires and counties to administrate this area, Ih Ju League was entirely or partly governed by some nomadic tribes. In the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), the Ordos Tribe was divided into 6 leagues.

What to see in Ordos ?

Ordos is a popular tourist city in Inner Mongolia Region.It has lots of attractions including grassland, desert, Gobi,histotic and cultural sites.Every year in the August, the Nadam Fair is held in the prairie resorts of Ordos.See the top attractions as below:

Expressway of First Empire Cultural  Scenic AreaResonant Sand Gorge, 鸣沙湾Genghis Khan's Mausoleum, Ordos City,
    Expressway of First Empire        Resonant Sand Gorge      Genghis Khan's Mausoleum

The city of Ordos has plentiful tourism resources. The most famous Resonant Sand Gorge is located in its administrative area. The resonant sand gorge, meaning “dune with bugle” in Mongolian, lies 65km the north of the Ordos city. The terrain is in the shape of crescent with the incline of 45 degree, coming into being a huge dune aftersound wall.

Genghis Khan's Mausoleum is a mausoleum constructed in commemoration of Genghis Khan, a Mongolian king (13th century) who once spreaded his empire from south China to the Caspian Sea. It is loacted about 180 kilometres southwest of Baotou, the main part of the tomb consists of three connecting Yurt structures that hold the show of a white jade statue of Genghis Khan, mural paintings that tells his life and replica.

When to visit Ordos?

The area belongs to typical temperate continental climate with clear four seasons and abundant sunshine. The rainfall is infrequent and mainly concentrates on the period between July and September. Spring is the season often blowing sand and dust storm.Summer and autumn are the best seasons to pay a visit for the weather is cool and the dust storm is slight.

How to get to Ordos?

The Ordos Airport is 38 kilometers from the Dongsheng District, adjacent to the Mausoleum of Genghis Khan. The airport has recently opened flight to Beijing once a day with one hour's ride. Ordos is 240 kilometers  from Hohhot and no more than three hours' ride to Baotou by train.

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