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
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- No cancellation fee
- Free changes
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What Our Customers Said
GREAT Forbidden City tour!
We took a guided tour with Ivy through the Forbidden City. She had everything perfectly organised, knew all the amenities and explained the most important facts around history and design of the palace in an enticing manner. Can absolutely recommend her as a guide, we had a great day!more
Oct 2022, Adam A
Beautiful Day at Great Wall in Mutianyu
We had a wonderful day visiting the Great Wall together with our guide, Ivy. The organisation - from the pick up to the return - was excellent, we had nothing to worry about. So It was a lovely and relaxed day profiting from the experience to the fullest without having to trouble about transport or tickets. Ivy explained well the history and knew about all nice parts of the part of the wall that we visited. She is very nice company. We had a very good experience.more
Oct 2022, Nina
Excellent time in Beijing
Ivy was a true professional who spoke excellent English and engaged us with stories of the very rich Chinese cultural heritage and history. We went away with so much more knowledge with her as our guide giving us a live commentary as we walked around. She brought us to the off the beaten track spots, less crowded corners of the attractions and very importantly, knew which toilets were clean and more foreigner friendly. Highly recommend Ivy to any future visitors to Beijinmore
Oct 2022, JCCEBJ
Our travel planner Monica is kind, very attentive, and there is no pressure or "hard sale". Great service and highly recommended!more
Sep 2022, Julia
A great tour
Our trip to Beijing was brilliantly organised and stress free. As usual with China Highlights our guide Ivy was really well prepared, knowledgeable and dealt with all the security, covid checks and tests etc. It made the trip really easy.more
Aug 2022, Peter F
Trip to Beijing
I spent a couple of excellent days in Beijing thank to this agency and my private guide Ivy! An adorable journey, I swear! If you want to immerse yourself in the atmosphere of historical Beijing, here’s the place to address! I can’t recommend it enough. Ivy was just adorable, she woke up my curiosity with her methods of leading me through the historical time line by challenging my imagination and rationality at the same time. All the facts were given in the context which I especially appreciate, she had the answers to all of my questions, and moreover she knew what made me ask them! The service was 10/10. The driver and the guide were both very patient, resourceful and attentive to their clients problems and little suggestions. It literally took them 1 day to organize everything for me as I decided to go to Beijing at the very last moment; every single member of the China highlights team was attentive to my needs and wishes.more
Aug 2022, Take_the_money
Trip to Beijing
Zac is helpful and very professional。more
Aug 2022, Take_the_money
Successful Trip to Beijing from Shanghai Shortly after Lockdown
As always, Monica has helped us with all the travel arrangements, planned our trip and followed up with us during the whole travel. It was challenging coming from Shanghai to Beijing shortly after the massive lockdown so we appreciated this attention a lot. It was too hot, so first day in the Forbidden City was a challenge but Ivy was helping us find as much shade as possible. We also visited Mutianyu Great Wall section, Temple of Heaven, Universal Studios, Summer Palace, Olympic Site and went on Hutong tour. Even though it might seem a lot, our small children managed well and loved everything about this trip. Ivy was very flexible with the length of explanations and rerouting our travel depending on temperate and tiredness. Overall, it was a success and we will for sure travel again with China Highlights.more
Jul 2022, ondrej1980
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