7 Free Things to do in Manzhouli, Inner Mongolia, China

7 Free Things to do in Manzhouli, Inner Mongolia, China

Discover 7 free things to do in Manzhouli. Manzhouli is a city in the province on Inner Mongolia in China.

This free things to do in Manzhouli post includes short reviews, directions, pictures and other useful information as well as some (perhaps not so useful) personal ranting.

Manzhouli is not like any other city in China. It shares three cultures – Russian, Mongolian and Chinese.

The architecture is amazing and it is a very pretty city. It is small enough to walk around but with enough going on to keep you entertained so it was easy to get this list of 7 free things to do in Manzhouli.

7 Free Things to do in Manzhouli

1. Chinese/Russian Border

The first thing on my list of free things to do in Manzhouli is to go to the Chinese/Russian border.

The fact that Manzhouli is a border town of Russia is probably what makes it unique. I’ve seen my share of overland border crossings and this is by far the one that is most treated as a tourist attraction. It does not surprise me in China. There is something that you pay 80rmb for. I’m not sure what it is but I highly doubt it is worth it (not for a cheap-skate like me anyway 😉 ).

 Free Things to Do in Manzhouli - Chinese Russian Border - Survive Travel

Only the Chinese could turn a border into a tourist attraction.

Next to the border is this market that sells a lot of useless stuff at very inflated prices.

Free Things to Do in Manzhouli - Chinese Russian Border - Survive Travel

An over priced market next to the border.

Getting to China/Russia Border
Getting to the China/Russia border in Manzhouli can be done by either the number 6 or number 10 bus. The number 6 costs 1.5rmb whereas the number 10 costs 2rmb. I think the last bus comes back from the border at around 1730.

In Chinese the border is called Guo Men (国门). It is the last stop. You wont miss it.

The number 6 or 10 buses can be caught from a number of stops in town. The wudaojie stop 五道街 is marked on the map at the end of this post.

The bus ride to the border passes a number of places of interest such as Wanda Plaza (a big shopping center) and another market (which is the next thing on this list). You also see some cool buildings.

2. Tao Wa Guang Chang

套娃广场
Russian Doll Market

I have just called this the Russian Doll Market. Tao Wa literally translates to set toy, as in a set of toys, which I assume is what the Chinese call the Russian Dolls.

Free Things to Do in Manzhouli - Tao Wa Guang Chang, China - Survive Travel

Tao Wa Guang Chang = Set Toy Market = Russian Doll Market

Not surprisingly there are lots of Russians dolls for sale here, much cheaper than those sold at the border. There are also many other things.

 Free Things to Do in Manzhouli - Tao Wa Guang Chang, China - Survive Travel

Tao Wa Guang Chang has more than just Russian Dolls for sale.

There is a lot of construction going on there. I think it may be an amusement park, or possible places to be live in. Imagine living in a place with this kind of architecture. It’s most likely an amusement park.

 Free Things to Do in Manzhouli - Tao Wa Guang Chang, China - Survive Travel

It will be interesting to see what this becomes when it is completed.

A little walk back towards the border and you can go into the Russian Art Museum which costs 20rmb to enter.

 Free Things to Do in Manzhouli - Russian Art Museum, China - Survive Travel

20 rmb entry to the Russian Art Museum next to Tao Wa Guang Chang

There are also a bunch of sculptures which can be seen for free.

 Free Things to Do in Manzhouli - Tao Wa Guang Chang, China - Survive Travel

There a bunch of these sculptures you can look at.

Getting to Tao Wa Guang Chang
Follow the same directions as if going to the border (#1 on this list of free things to do in Manzhouli) but get off at the market.

3. Bei Fang Shi Chang

北方市场
North Market

Just to the north of the city is this small tented market. Mostly clothes and souvenirs.

 Free Things to Do in Manzhouli - Bei Fang Shi Chang, China - Survive Travel

Bei Fang Shi Chang.


Getting to Bei Fang Shi Chang
You can walk there since the actual town of Manzhouli is quite small.

Buses 1, 4, 5, 6, 8 and 10 stop at the Bei Fang Shi Chang bus stop.

4. Russian Soldier Monument

There’s a small park with this monument and also polo.

 Free Things to Do in Manzhouli - Russian Soldier Monument, China - Survive Travel

Russian Soldier Monument

Getting to the Russian Soldier Monument
Walk there from the Rand Business Center. It is marked on the map at the end of this post.

5. The Lake

This is a man-made lake to the north of the city. I’m not sure who the monument is.

Free Things to Do in Manzhouli - Lake - Survive Travel

The monumnet in front of the lake. I’ not sure who the guy is.

Getting to the Lake
Walk north (assuming you are in the city). See the map at the end of this post.

6. Go to a Bathhouse.

This was my favorite of these free things to do in Manzhouli and it is also bit of a cheat because unless you hotel is a bathhouse (like mine was) then you will have to pay to use it.

Rand Business Center Review - Bathhouse - China - Survive Travel

Inside the male side of the bathhouse.

7. Walk Around the City

The last thing on my list of free things to do in Manzhouli is to just walk around the city

The city center of Manzhouli is pretty good to walk around, especially at night. There’s cool architecture and if your into shopping there are a lot of little places to look in.

 Free Things to Do in Manzhouli - City - China - Survive Travel

A very pretty city at night.

 Free Things to Do in Manzhouli - City - China - Survive Travel

Taken from the bridge near the train station.

 Free Things to Do in Manzhouli - City - China - Survive Travel

There’s a bunch of random sculptures in the city.

Free Things to Do in Manzhouli - Map - China - Survive Travel

Map fo Manzhouli town area. Click to Enlarge.

Got anything to add to this list of free things to do in Manzhouli? Let us know them (or anything else you want to say/ask) in the comments 😀 .

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