12 Free Things to Do in Hohhot, Inner Mongolia, China
Discover 12 free things to do in Hohhot. Hohhot is the capital city in the Chinese province of Inner Mongolia. Although technically part of China, the Mongolian culture is still quite strong.
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12 Free Things to do in Hohhot
1. QingCheng Park
The first thing on my list of free things to do in Hohhot is QingCheng Park. There are a few parks in Hohhot. QingCheng park seems to be the biggest. It’s nice for a little walk around.
Getting to QingCheng Park
Bus numbers 26, 50, 76, 81 and 8 all go to Gong Yuan Xi Men 公园西门 which is the west side of the park.
2. Old Town
I walked around to check out some of the temples and other religious sites but they all cost money to get in. I am reluctant to pay for religious sites. They must be something worth doing, such as Mati Si in Zhangye, which is a temple carved out of a mountain.
In any case, the surrounding area of Da Zhao Temple is good for a walk around. I assume it is old-town.
Getting to Old Town
I walked to it and although I am certain there are buses that go there, I didn’t notice any. You can have a look on the map at the end of this post.
3. River Walk
On the way back from the airport (because I went there a day early!) I noticed the river all lit up at night. The next day (on the way back to the airport) I snapped this picture from the bus. It looks like it would be a nice walk about if you have the spare time.
Getting to the River
Bus numbers K1 and 83 will drop you pretty close to it. It is beyond the museum.
4. Wholesale Market
It’s not very big for a wholesale market but if you are into markets then it is worth a look.
Getting to the Wholesale Market
Bus numbers 38, 59, K3 and 58 will go there. 光彩市场 Guang Cai Chi Chang is the name of the stop.
5. Food Street
I stumbled upon this when walking around at night. Loads of cheap restaurants and walking distance from the YiJu Commercial Hotel.
Getting to Food Street
Walk there from the hotel. In in the middle of the city. See the map at the bottom of this post.
6. Xin Hua Square
I guess this is the like a People’s Square. It is a big concrete area where people go. They had some performances (singing and dancing) on the stage. It is more lively at night.
Getting to Xin Hua Square
Buses 1, K2, 18, 34, 60 and 201 go to it. The bus stop is 新华广场 (Xin Hua Guang Chang).
7. Inner Mongolia Museum
A great free thing to do in Hohhot. This museum has four main exhibit areas. They include dinosaurs, the great plains, underground, and space.
The area where the museum is is quite large. On the right is some kind of cinema, like Imax. On the left is the museum. There is a ticket booth where they give you a ticket to enter the museum, but it’s free. No-one checks it.
You can not take water into the museum.
Getting to the Inner Mongolia Museum
It took a couple of buses to get there but was well worth the effort.
Bus routes 16, 27, 72, 66 and 52 will take you to stop 博物院 (Bo Wu Yuan) which is in front of the museum. Bo Wu Yuan actually means museum.
If coming from the YiJu Business Hotel you can catch bus 102 to stop 内蒙古饭店 (Nei Menggu Fan Dian). From there swap to one of the above buses.
FYI – Nei Menggu is how you say Inner Mongolia in Chinese [Putong Hua (Mandarin)].
I read many things saying that the Mosque is free to enter. I did not go into it so I can not confirm, but I did take this snap from the front.
Next to the mosque (to the left as you face it) there is another interesting temple. It seems to be an Islamic temple but done in Chinese style.
Getting to the Mosque
Buses K3, 81, 102, 73, 8, 4, 6, 59, 24 and 21 all drop you at the Mosque. The stop is 旧城北门 (Jiu Cheng Bei Men).
9. Pet Street
I stumbled upon this little street that seems to be selling pets (birds, dogs, and other random animals). Animals in captivity break my heart a little but I guess some people won’t care about that.
Getting to Pet Street
Across the road from the Mosque is this bridge. Go over it.
The pet street is at the end of the bridge to the right.
10. Islam Street
I read some stuff on the internet about an Islam street and I saw a couple of places that could be it. I’ve decided to say this one is because it is close to the Mosque and has lots of food. This way, if it isn’t the actual Islam Street then at least you get something out of it.
This also could be “Yellow Street”, and it is also possible that they are the same thing in any case.
Getting to Islam Street
It is next to the Mosque, almost directly across the road from the bridge that you cross to go to the pet street.
The food street located behind the Yiju Hotel links up to this street.
12. Horse Track
The last thing on my list of free things to do in Hohhot is the Horse Track. Now I’m not 100% sure about this one. To go there and look around is free, but I never actually went in, which might cost something.
It is worth the general look around if you have the spare time.
Getting to the Horse Track
Bus numbers 26, 75, 80, 303, 13 and 24 go to the horse track. Get off at 赛马场 (Sai Ma Chang). I think 13 and 24 will leave from Xin Hua Square.
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