If you’re imagining sprawling plains sprinkled with nomads, ruins and wildlife with a breath-taking backdrop, you’re absolutely right. With efforts in the recent years, Mongolia has successfully opened its doors to the world while maintaining its age-old traditions and untamed wilderness unique to the country. Despite urbanisation in the cities, it is not uncommon to see locals living in traditional tents, also known as gers. Take this opportunity to step away from the fast-paced and commercialized life that we’re all used to. Instead, adapt to the simplistic nomadic lifestyles by exploring the steppes on horseback or hiking trails. Once you’ve ventured out of the villages into the countryside, you’ll have no trouble meeting nomad families who are more than willing to play to hosts to any travellers and enjoying a bowl of milk tea with you.
Things not to miss in Inner Mongolia
Aershan National Forest Park
Xilamuren Grassland, Hohhot
Dazhao Temple, Hohhot
Mausoleum of Genghis Khan
Kubuqi Desert, Ordos
Camel riding in Resonant Sand Gorge
Best time to visit Inner Mongolia
June – September
Inner Mongolia belongs to temperate continental and monsoon climate. The other five months from December to April are long and cold, not suitable for travelling.