As August was my last month in China, I took advantage of my free time to go travelling for a few friends in Inner Mongolia. Inner Mongolia is a huge region and its population is relatively small. The transport network there isn’t particularly developed, so as we only had a weekend to travel, we could only visit some places nearby to Hohhot. We visited a city called Ordos, which is the location of the famous Genghis Khan’s Mausoleum. Genghis Khan’s Mausoleum is very interesting, it’s a primarily for paying respect to Genghis Khan, but also includes a collection of artifacts from the Yuan Dynasty.
In the evening of the first day, we went to Chinese barbecue restaurant in Ordos’s Dongsheng district. The barbecue at this restaurant was the best I’d ever had, especially the mutton kebabs. After dinner we went to a very trendy bar, owned by two rappers. The bar owners had a dress style very similar to classic American hip hop artists, I thought it was pretty cool to find hip hop culture in such a remote destination.
On the second day, before returning to Hohhot, we visited a place called Xiangshawan. Xiangshawan is a leisure resort located within a sandy desert. It was a lot of fun to experience the beauty and vastness of the desert there (despite being in a leisure resort). The resort also offered many entertainment activities, for example, camel riding, ethnic dance performance, rollercoasters etc. Inner Mongolia’s camels are very cute, they are two-humped camels which are very comfortable to ride. We stayed at Xiangshawan for a whole day, heading back to Hohhot after it closed. This trip was very short, but we had a lot of fun. I hope in the future I can return to China to do more extensive travelling.