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3-Day Naadam Festival in Inner Mongolia
   

Duration:  3 Days / 2 Nights

The Naadam Grassland festival is a magnificent event featuring traditional Mongolian group recreational and sports activities. It is held between Summer and Autumn from July to August when the flowers are blooming, the grass is green, and the cattle and sheep are well-fed.Tourists can participate in, and watch horse racing, wrestling, and archery. You can enjoy the singing and dancing performed by Mongolian artists or try local Mongolian traditional foods.

 

Highlights

  • Naadam Festival
  • Resonant Sand Gorge
  • Dazhao Monastery

Day 01: Beijing – Hohhot  Hilamuren Grassland (L, D)  

  • Flight:  CA1117; 08:55 / 10:25 (Air China)
  • Drive yourself to the Beijing International Airport and catch the flight to Hohhot. 
  • Upon arrival, you will be greeted by your private guide and driver.
  • Transfer to Xilamuren Grassland,  enjoy the Nadam Festival activities: horse racing, wrestling, and other traditional Mongolian performances.
  • In the evening, visit the ethnic dance show and enjoy the bonfire party
  • *It's around 1.5hrs driving from Hohhot to Hilimuren Grassland.*
  • Overnight in the grassland 

Day 02: Xilamuren Grassland  Hohhot (B, L)

  • A traditional Mongolian breakfast will be served. 
  • Morning the guide and driver will take you to visit Resonant Sand Gorge, upon arrival, you will have a chance to experience the Horse or Camel Riding (6-7 minutes). For more activities, you are requested to pay by yourself. 
  • The drive back to Hohhot. 
  • *It's around 3hrs driving from Xilamuren Grassland to the Resonant Sand Gorge.*
  • Overnight in Hohhot 

Day 03: Hohhot – Beijing (B, L)

  • Flight: CA1106; 18:50 / 20:10 (Air China) 
  • Morning visit the Inner-Mongolian Museum which has on display the largest dinosaur fossil in China.
  • After the museum, we will visit the Dazhao Monastery, which is the oldest and largest temple in Hohhot
  • At the end of the day your tour guide will take you back to the airport to catch your return flight back Beijing
  • End of service  

Price:

*Based on Twin Sharing Basis

Adult (≥ 12 years old):

RMB 5,200 / Adult

Child (< 12 years old):

RMB 4,300 / Child

Accommodations:

Hohhot

Holiday Inn Hohhot (4 Star)

Standard Room

Grassland

Luxury Yurt with private washing room

Standard Room


Included Services:

  • All domestic flight mentioned in the program in economy class including airport tax and fuel surcharge.
  • All private transfers mentioned in the program with air-conditioned vehicles.
  • Entrance fee for all sights mentioned in the program.
  • Accommodation in mentioned hotel with breakfast.
  • Private English speaking local guide for all mentioned sightseeing.
  • All meals mentioned in the program (B: breakfast; L: lunch).

Excluded Services:

  • Meals not mentioned above.
  • Gratuities to guides and drivers and hotel porters.
  • All expenses not mentioned above.

Remarks:

  • Quotation based on min. 4 adults traveling together.
  • The above mentioned rates are subject to availability.

Trip Preparation

Yunnan is situated on Yunnan-Guizhou plateau in southwest China. Most parts of Yunnan are about 2000 meters above sea level. Meanwhile, Yunnan's climate is diverse, and the weather is changeable. The following are a few good tips for you to remember when traveling in Yunnan.

Altitude Sickness

The high altitude of the Yunnan Highland affects some people to some extent. Especially, in northwestern tip of Yunnan where the elevation is above 2400 meters, the effect of lack of oxygen often occurs. The usual symptoms of altitude sickness include headache, lethargy, and dizziness. Usually, it is not necessary to see a doctor for these symptoms which would disappear in one or two days.

But in order to minimize or eliminate the effect of altitude sickness. Eat light, high-carbohydrate meals, not to drink any alcohol, and drink plenty of water. Avoid strenuous activities. See a doctor in case of serious symptoms, such as, breathlessness, vomiting, and severe headache.

Clothing

When visiting Yunnan in summer, it is better to wear long-sleeve shirt and pants for protecting you from sunburn, and sometimes, the bites of mosquitoes. Clothing should be simple and consist of layers which can be added or removed as temperatures vary during the day. A sweater or light jacket will be useful. In winter, if traveling to the southern part of Yunnan, light, cotton clothing is suitable for the tropics, but if visiting the northwest part of the province, you should take gloves and a warm coat or jacket. Comfortable shoes are recommended, like sports shoes, soft sole shoes and walking shoes.

Necessities

Summer is also the rainy season in Yunnan; you should bring sunscreen lotion and a hat. Lip salve and skin cream are necessary, as the high, dry plateau is likely to cause chapped lips and cracked skin. An umbrella or raincoat is needed as well, because the weather is changeable and there is always sunshine between the showers.

Respect local customs and traditions. Many inhabitants of Yunnan are minority peoples with a wide variety of beliefs and traditional rules. In order to respect the tradition and custom of local people, please remember the customs listed below:

  • Do not enter the room of a pregnant woman.
  • Foreign pregnant women are not allowed to enter a bridal chamber, and cannot attend a wedding ceremony.
  • Do not walk over or stand astride the fire pit when visiting a Yi nationality' family.
  • Do not eat horse, mule or dog meat.
  • Do not touch the cattle bones that are hung up in a Jingpo village.
  • Do not touch the head of a little monk.
  • Do not stand on the threshold when visiting a Tibetan family.
  • Do not enter the bedroom of the host.
  • Take off your shoes when visiting temples or Dai nationality bamboo buildings.
  • Wearing short trousers is regarded as a sign of disrespect in Tibetan areas.
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