Inner Mongolia Travel Guide

Xilingol Travel Guide


Inner-mongolia-mapSituated in the central area of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, Xilingol League is bounded on the north by Outer Mongolia in the neighborhood of Zhangjiakou and Chengde of Hebei Province in the south. Within Inner Mongolia, it borders Wulanchabu in the west, Chifeng, Xing'an and Tongliao in the east.

Xilingol Facts
Full Name: Xilingol League (Xilinguole Meng)
Chinese Name: 锡林郭勒盟 (xī lín guō lè méng)
Population: 1,009,000  
Area: 202,580 square kilometers (78,217 square miles) 
Nationalities: Mongol, Han


Geography of Xilingol League

Its terrain slopes downward from the south to the north. Low mountains and hills in the southern and eastern regions of Xilingol are offshoots of the western extension of the Daxing'anling Mountains and the eastern extension of the Yishan Mountains. The land is flat in the northern and western regions with some hills and lava mesas scattered around.Mongols Imperial City

Administrative Division: 1 county: Duolun; 9 qis: Abag (Abaga) Qi, Sunite Zuo Qi, Sunite You Qi, Dong Ujimqin (Wuzhumuqin) Qi, Xi Ujimqin (Wuzhumuqin) Qi, Taibus (Taipusi) Qi, Xianghuang Qi, Zhengxiangbai Qi, Zhenglan Qi; 2 county-level cities: Xilinhot (Xilinhaote), Erenhot (Erlianhaote)  
Note: Qi (or Banner) is a county-level administrative organ in Inner Mongolia's political divisions. League or Meng is an administrative unit in Inner Mongolia consisting of several qis (or banners).

Seat of the League Government: 30, Nadamu Da Jie, Xilinhot City.


History of Xilingol

Early in the Shang Dynasty (16th -11th century BC), nomad tribes moved to this area. It was always inhabited by ethnic minorities from Northern China and was governed by regimes established by these minorities. The Qin Dynasty (221BC-206BC) founded shires to administer the region temporarily. As the secondary capital of the Yuan Dynasty (1279-1368), Xinlingol was an important central city at that time.


What to see in Xilingoal ?

Xilingol is the nearest pasturing area to the Beijing and Tianjin areas. Grand grasslands, relics of dinosaur and ancient residence of Kublai are main attractive scenic spots in Xilingol. 

Xilingol, Grassland, 锡林郭勒The Site of XanaduMongols Imperial City
     Xilingol Grassland      The Site of Xanadu    the Mongols’Imperial City

Xilingol Grassland:  It is the most representative grassland in a temperate climatic zone in China. It is a national grassland nature reserve, being a fabulous destination to ride on horseback freely and experience the country life of a nomad. 

Dinosaur National Park: Xilingol was a homeland for dinosaurs hundreds of millions of years ago. Dinosaur National Park in Erenhot City is a national 4A level scenic spot famous for its abundant and rare dinosaur fossils. Nowadays, this park establishes a special exhibition museum in order to display the relics of dinosaurs. Besides, the largest and most intact dinosaur fossil was discovered in Sunite You Qi. This well-known source of dinosaur fossils is the desolate area 9 kilometers (5.6 miles) northeast of Erenhot. 

The Site of Xanadu: It was the capital of the Mongol Empire in the early Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368). First established in 1256, the prominent position of Xanadu in history is as famous as the ancient city of Pompeii in Italy. In 2012, this place was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. 


When to visit Xilingol ?

Xilingol enjoys a typical temperate semi-arid continental climate featuring strong wind, aridity and chilliness. Spring and autumn are short, and winter is long. There is no summer heat, and annual average temperatures are around 0℃-3℃ (32℉-37.4℉).Recently, sandstorms have occurred more frequently in spring and autumn. Therefore, June to August is the best season to visit Xilingol.


How to get to Xilingol ?

Xilinhot Airport is situated in the western part of the city of Xilinhot, operating daily flights to Beijing, Hohhot and Halaer (center area of Hulunbeier City) as well as some provisional tourist flights to other big cities. 

The four railways in Xilingol stretch to the capital city of Inner Mongolia and to almost all the vital towns inside the league, connecting the railway system in Outer Mongolia. There are also three national highways and eight provincial highways that make up the backbone of its road transportation. 

Xilinhaote Bus Station is the transportation hub of Xilingol. It is located on Nadamu Da Jie. Near the railway station at the junction of provincial highways No.101 and 207, the western station mainly operates buses to places inside Inner Mongolia.


Xilingol Travel Tips

1.People living in the pasture area of Inner Mongolia like eating mutton and dairy. For drinks, they like Mongolian milk tea, yoghurt and koumiss (fermented milk). 

2.Special Local Products: Mongolia mushroom, Russian olive, mutton, beef

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