Hulunbuir Grasslands Review, Hailar, Inner Mongolia, China
This post is a Hulunbuir Grasslands review. The Hulunbuir Grasslands are found in Hailar, which is a city in Inner Mongolia, China. This Hulunbuir Grasslands review also includes directions, pictures and other useful information as well as some (perhaps not so useful) personal ranting.
What I had originally planned to be three and a bit relaxed days in Hailar did not go as planned.
First I discovered that accommodation is expensive in Hailar so I decided to spend one less night there. Then I messed up my flight which cost me another day. Then my actual flight was delayed six hours so I didn’t actually get to the hotel in Hailar until about 0700 the day before I was scheduled to leave.
I ended up going to the Hulunbuir Grasslands on the same day I arrived and then went to Manzhouli the next day.
Hulunbuir Grasslands Review
Cost: $20 entry + transportation costs.
As with all major tourist attractions in China the Hulunbuir Grasslands were very busy. Also, the weather was not too great (I’m using that as an excuse for my bad photo’s) but the grasslands were beautiful to see regardless.
I took a tour with a friend (read more about how to get to the Hulunbuir Grasslands below) and the driver took us to a number of places to look at.
Getting to the Hulunbuir Grasslands
I’m sure there are a number of ways you can get to Hulunbuir Grasslands and you can probably get a tour from Hohhot if you wanted. I decided to go from Hailar.
First get yourself to Hailar (海拉尔, Hǎilā’ěr). You can get an train from Hohhot which takes somewhere between 12-24 hours. I flew which turned out to be a bit less than smooth. First I went to the airport a day early. The next day I went back and the flight got delayed for 6 hours!.
To get from Hailar airport to the city you can catch the shuttle bus for 5rmb. The taxi quoted us 60rmb but I think the taxi should cost 30rmb at the very most. In any case, the shuttle bus is a good option. Just wait out the front of the airport until it arrives. It drops you in town which is not very big so you can walk to your hotel or the driver might be able to tell you which bus to catch if you can speak Chinese or at least show him the address of your hotel.
Once in Hailar I got a private tour with a friend (Ayase) to Hulunbuir (Hūlúnbèi’ěr, 呼伦贝尔市). It cost 300rmb for both of us and included entry into the main site. It lasted about half a day although I’m sure we could have taken longer if we wanted to and we didn’t bargain so you can probably get it down to about 100rmb each.
At the main site I saw a bunch of big tourist busses. I am sure almost every hotel in Hailar could arrange getting you on one and is probably cheaper but I was happy with paying the extra for the tour. He took us to a few other sites and we didn’t have to wait for others.
Apparently the buses leave regularly from the bus station but I didn’t see any when I went to scope it out. Perhaps there is more than one bus station. I went to the one near the train station.
Cheap Accommodation in Hailar
I had booked three nights at the Tianyuan Business Hotel but due to some travel mishaps I didn’t get there until the morning of the third night. I had already come to terms with losing the money for the first two nights (I had prepaid and in order to save a few dollars I booked it without free cancellation) and was content with getting the free breakfast for that morning. Unfortunately, because I had not contacted them they gave away my room and had none left so I went to the bus station to find somewhere to sleep.
As it happens it all turned out for the best. Because the hotel had given away my room they said they would refund all three nights. I was a bit worried that this would actually happen because they said I had to get the refund back of Ctrip (who I booked through) but after about 5 minutes of live chat the money was refunded.
Also, I ended up finding a room near the station for 120rmb (which is less than half the price the hotel was charging) and the same person also arranged the tour for the grasslands.
So to get cheap accommodation in Hailar go to the bus station, although as far as I can tell none of these are online so if you prefer you should book ahead.
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