Inner Mongolia Grass & Sand
5-Day Xilamuren Grassland and Kubuqi Desert Tour with Nomadic Life Experience
This 5-day private trip to the middle of Inner Mongolia will allow you to enjoy fantastic views of the vast grasslands, stay overnight in a traditional Mongolian yurt, experience local nomadic life, have fun in Kubuqi Desert, and engage with the life of Genghis Khan and his Mongol Empire.
Tour 'Wow' Points
Explore the Hinterland of Xilamuren Grassland
Enjoy a horse riding into the hinterland of the grassland to appreciate the best views without the crowds.
Feel the Grandeur of the “Naadam Festival”
Watch an exciting live-action performance — “The Legend of Monan” —that brings 13th-century Mongol warriors and Naadam customs to life.
Stay Overnight in a Traditional Mongolian Yurt
There are many grassland “hotels” of different standards. We only arrange authentic, comfortable Mongolian yurts with the best available facilities.
Experience the Local Nomadic Life
Visit a local herdsman’s home and learn about grassland life. Experience making Mongolian milk tea, feeding lambs, and talking with nomads.
Try Some Fun Activities in Kubuqi Desert
Visit Resonant Sand Bay and enjoy leisurely activities like camel riding, sand sliding, and trail biking or more challenging activities like karting, surfing, parascending…
Enjoy a Mongolian-Style Zhama Banquet Dinner
Dress up in Mongolian costume, taste delicious Mongolian food, listen to Mongolian stringed instruments playing, and watch Mongolian dancing.
Why Choose Us
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- 1-to-1 travel expert
- Vaccinated guides
- Private Rides
Your Trip is Perfectly Planned.
- No crowds
- Exclusive Exciting Experiences
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- No cancellation fee
- Free changes
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About China Highlights
Since 1998 we've guided everyone ranging from US presidents, Australian Geographic and retired backpackers. Our goal is to create unique trips that take you off-the-beaten path, helping you discover China in a more authentic way. Our motto: "Discovery Your Way!"
Amazing Beijing experience with China Highlights and our guide Ivy!
China highlights (Alisa) made an itinerary for us that was perfect; from the type of hotels we prefer to all the sights you need to see, along with some special extra experiences that were perfect for our travel wishes. They also helped with am COVID changes before and throughout the entire trip, making it go very smoothly. The guide they arranged for our experiences is Ivy. Ivy made sure we were comfortable and enjoying ourselves from the moment we arrived. She took care of every detail for our comfort, any needed covid tests, and educated us about each location we visited. more
Here is a suggested itinerary. We are happy to customize a tour according to your interests.
Your private driver and guide will be ready for you when you arrive in Hohhot. Enjoy a trouble-free transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is your own to explore Hohhot.
In the morning, go to Xilamuren Grassland with 2 hours’ driving. Visit Hongge’er Aobao Scenic Area, where you will watch a large-scale live-action performance, including Mongolian horse racing, archery and wrestling.
Have a horse riding in the peaceful hinterland of Xilamuren to measure some of the vastness of the picturesque grassland on the horse back.
Enjoy a Mongolian-style Zhama Banquet dinner. Stay overnight in a traditional Mongolian yurt.
Enjoy the sunrise on the grassland. Then visit a local herdsman’s home. Experience milking cows, making Mongolian milk tea, feeding the lambs, talking with the herdsman, and learning about their life on the grassland.
On the way from the grassland to Dalad Banner, explore Wudang Lamasery, which is one of the four most famous lamaseries in Northwest China.
Stay overnight in Dalad Banner of Ordos City, where Kubuqi Desert is located, so that you will have easy access to the desert in the morning and avoid the crowds.
Resonant Sand Bay (the breeze-blown dunes make sonorous murmurs) is the No. 1 desert resort destination in China. It is a large and well-developed tourism site where you can go sightseeing or have fun.
You will have a whole day in the desert to enjoy all kinds of interesting desert activities. You could experience the pleasure of art and sports with artistic gymnastics, aerobics, breakdancing, beach volleyball, etc. or you could experience more challenging sports and activities such as desert adventures, an aerial cableway, sand surfing, trail bikes, etc.
In the morning, visit Kangbashi District (once known as “China’s biggest ghost city”, now a thriving super-modern environment) to enjoy the pleasant urban scenery of Ordos City.
Explore the Mausoleum of Genghis Khan — the impressive cenotaph devoted to the worship of Genghis Khan.
After the tour, your guide and driver will transfer you to Ordos Airport or Hohhot Airport for your departure.
—the Icing on the Cake
Boutique hotels are recommended to enrich your travel experience.
- Private air-conditioned business car with big windows and ample space
- English speaking local guide
- Activities, hotels, and meals listed in the itinerary
- 24/7 helpline for while you are traveling
Tour code: nm-1