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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Inner Mongolia Shadow of the wind

Trip type: Featured TripDestinations: Inner Mongolia; HebeiDuration: 7 days
Features: grassland, natural reserves, horse riding & overland drive, ChengdeBest time to go: May to September
Departure Date
On Request

·                              Trip Overview
·                              Dates & Pricing
·                              Detailed Itinerary
Bordering the Republic of Mongolia and Russia, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region is the widest province by its latitude in China. It is over 1.1 million square kilometers or 424,736 square miles, making it the third largest Chinese province next to Xinjiang and Tibet. Much like the aforementioned provinces, it is not very populated despite its vast size. It is the home to the Mongolian, Daur, Oroqen, Ewenki, Hui, Han, Korean and Manchu peoples. It is the home town of Genghis Khan (1162-1227), the great leader of Mongolians. This trip is an overland trip to central Inner Mongolia from Beijing. We will drive through the Huitenghot grassland which is the most spectacular grassland in China and visit Xanadu, the capital of the Yuan dynasty on the grassland, the national park around it and then the Summer Resort in Chengde.
Land Cost:
For group of 10 persons, USD950 per perosn, on twin sharing basis;

For group of 6-9 persons, USD1070 per perosn, on twin sharing basis;

For group of 2-5 persons, RMB7,500 or USD1,100 per perosn, on twin sharing basis;
Airfare: RMB550 per person
·                              Flight from Chifeng to Beijing, economy seat with tax
·                              Land transfers of a  Van with 11 seats for whole trip.
·                              Accommodations of family suite (with extra beds) or a yurt could hold a family of 4 persons. In some Binguan, if no family suite available, we arrange 2 twin rooms. as on itinerary
·                              All admissions and activity expenses as noted on itinerary
·                              Meals as on the itinerary
·                              Bottle Water for drink & snacks
·                              Mandarine Speaking guide along the entire trip
·                              Local guide when necessary
·                              Programs as per itinerary, as Horse Riding, 4wd vehicle drive (in Mulanweichang), archery, fishing, camel carriage riding
·                              Personal Travel Accident Insurance
·                              Airport pick-up in Beijing
·                              Discretionary gratuities for drivers, local guides, and staff
·                              Horse-riding, camel riding, motor boating
·                              Expenses of personal nature, e.g. mini-bar, laundry, telecommunications, alcoholic beverages etc.
·                              Excursions not included in the itinerary
·                              The local delicacy as baked leg of lamb
Day 1  Beijing to Mulanweichang
Depart Chengde in the morning. After 3 hours, get to Chengde and visit Chengde Summer Resort.
From Chengde, we will head into the mountains and the countryside road is getting zigzaaging.
Arrive Mulanweichang in late afeternoon.Upon our arrival, we check into hotel. Have good rest afgter the long drive.
Today, we will drive about 450 kms, about 6-7hours.
Overnight Hongshan Binguan (L, D)
Day 2  Mulanweichang
Today, we will spend a whole day to explore around Wulanbutong Grassland near Hongshan
In the morning, we will ride horses to Jiangjunpaozi, the best of the best grassland, with high grass, flowers and small lakes; then to Lamashan, where we can enjoy the grassland landscape on the top of it. We also will take a rafting in Jiehe (Boundary River) and practice archery.
In the afternoon, if you prefer, we hire a 4wd vehicle (which is BJ2020, there is no Landcruiser or Cherokee available) to drive about 1 hour to Wucaishan, Jiapigou, Daxiagu. At dusk, we find a nice location to enjoy the sunset on the top of the hills.
Overnight Hongshan Binguan (B, L, D)
Day 3  Mulanweichang to Xanandu
This morning, we check out the hotel and drive to Xanadu via Duolun County.
About 2-3 hours drive, we get to the Dahanguju Yurt hotel on the grassland near Zhenglanqi. After lunch, we head out for Xanadu. We will walk around Xanadu for a while before dirve to the Wuheerqing Aobao Hill for a short hiking. Aobao hill is the place where the Mongolians hold sacrifice ceremonies. Since most of Mogolians believe in Tibetan Buddhism, we may see the colorful praying flags on top of Aobao Hill. From Aobao Hill, we can take a bird??s eys view of the green grassland, the hills around.
Overnight Dahan Guju Yurt Hotel (B, L, D)
Day 4  Xanandu to Dali Lake
After breakfast in the yurt hotel, we will drive about 220kms, about 3-4 hours from Xanandu to  Dali Lake. Different from the former days, out of Xanadu, we will drive along the edge of Hunshandake Desert. The land on both sides of the road is getting barren and quite sandy though the plantation project is trying to stop the sands coming.
After check into the hotel and get refreshed, we can go out for fishing or walk along the lake front and there are motorboat available as well if you want take a ride on the lake. If weather permits, we can enjoy the the breathtaking beautiful sunset over Dali Lake.
Overnight Dalinuoer Binguan (B, L, D)
Day 5  Dali Lake
After the breakfast in the hotel, we drive to further north to see huge wind power fans on the grassland covered with different colored flowers.  If you have interest, we take another horse ride on the grassland nearby. Or can get to the north bank of Dali Lake to take a motorboat ride.
In the afternoon, we drive to the south bank and take a Camel-carriage ride in the sandy area (the edge of Huanshandake Desert) . It is quite fun to drive the camels around.
If time permits, we go out for fishing before our dinner.
Overnight Dalinuoer Binguan (B, L, D)
Day 6  Dali Lake to Reshui
After breakfast, we will drive about 2-3 hours to Asihatu National Nature Reserve to see the stunning stone forest. Different from the Karst Stone Forest from Yunnan, the stone here is granite and the the color is more bright as well. We will hike up to the stone forest and walk around for a while to explore around. After the stone forest, we drive back. En route, there lies a well know Hot Spring, therefore, the place is named after the Hot Spring, Reshui in Chinese. Tonight, we stay in Reshui to enjoy hot spring after the one week tour.
Overnight Reshui Shanzhuang Binguan (B, L, D)
Day 7 Reshui to Beijing
After breakfast in the hotel, we will drive to Chifeng. En route, the scenery keeps on changing, from grassland to algricultured fields.
In the afternoon, we arrive Chifeng, where we are going to take the flight GS7632(17:20/18:10) back Beijing.
Today, we drive about 250 kms.
Trip ends. (B, L)

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