Also known as Wuliang Si (Temple of the Infinite), Da Zhao Temple is among the oldest structures in Hohhot and a leading tourist attraction in the region. Created in the late 16th century, Da Zhao Temple played an important role in the propagation of Tibetan Buddhism in Mongolia. Among the treasures sheltered in the temple are a silver statue of Buddha, dragon sculpture, and historical wall paintings. The temple occupies 3 hectares of land and is located on Saishanglao Street, just off Danan Avenue.
Located north of the Great Wall and 580 km (360 mi) west of Beijing, Hohhot is the capital of the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. Hohhot means "Blue City" in Mongolian language. The Chinese transliteration is "Huhehaote." The origin of the city can be traced back to the 16th century, when a Mongol prince erected the earliest buildings in the city. The emerging city ater was nicknamed "City of Temples" due to the large number of Buddhist establishments in the region. In the modern times Hohhot has been greatly expanded, and the commercial center of the city today is the neighborhood around the intersection of Xilinguole Road and Zhongshan Road.
Da Zhao Temple
The main building of this temple, five pagodas that stand next to one another, were constructed in the early 18th century. On the towers and their base there are inscriptions in Mongolian, Tibetan and Sanskrit, as well as sculpted Buddhist and astronomical icons and symbols. The Five-Pagoda Temple is located in the southeastern part of old Hohhot, about half a kilometer east of Xilitu Zhao (Xilitu Temple) and Da Zhao (Great Temple).
When you travel to Hohhot, the capital of Inner Mongolia, you can get out of the city and tour the prairie to experience the Mongol way of life, possibly spending a night in a Mongol tent. Gegentala Grasslands is one of such destinations, which is 120 km north of Hohhot.
Huitengxile Grassland is 135 km northeast of Hohhot and one of the possible destinations for thoese who want to spend some time on the open steppes. The name of the place originally means "Cold Highland" (elevation 1,800 m or 5,900 ft). A large number of ponds and lakes dot the grassland here.
Inner Mongolia Museum
With 7,000 square meters of exhibition area, the Inner Mongolia Museum (Nei Menggu Bowuyuan) makes a comprehensive historical presentation of the life of Mongol people, starting from the earliest traceable times to the present. The museum is located at the northwestern corner of the intersection of East 2nd Ring Road and East Xinhua Road.
Palace of Qing Princess - Hohhot City Museum
The residential palace was built in the early 18th century. Consisted of five courtyards, the palaces was successively occupied by several princesses of the Qing Dynasty who were married to Mongol princes. The compound is now home of the Hohhot City Museum. A short distance south of this site is Gongzhu Fu Park.
Tomb of Lady Wang Zhaojun
Wang Zhaojun was a Chinese court lady who lived in the 1st century B.C., when the Han Dynasty reigned over China. She was married to a king of the Xiongnu who roamed the Mongolian grassland at the time. Zhaojun played an active part in the interactions between the Han Chinese and the tribal people in the north. Her tomb is located 10 km south of central Hohhot. The earthen mount covers 1.3 hectares (3.2 acres) of land and is 33 meters (108 ft) in height. Next to the tomb there is a museum devoted to the Chinese lady. Nearby also is scenic area featuring Mongol folk culture (Menggu Fengqing Yuan).
Xilamuren Grassland is 100 km northwest of Hohhot. In addition to scenery of the steppes and night in Mongolian tents, one can visit a Lama temple nearby, which was built in the late 18th century.
Xilitu Temple (Xilitu Zhao) is located in the older part of Hohhot, across road (Danan Street) from the Great Temple (Da Zhao). This temple was originally built in the late 16th century by a Mongolian prince, who invited the Lhasa-based third-generation Dalai Lama to preside over the temple to teach Tibetan Buddhism. Xilitu is the Chinese transliteration of "Shiretu Ju," which means "throne temple." The third-generation Dalai Lama passed away here and his successor, the fourth-generation Dalai Lama was chosen and educated at the temple, who was later returned to Lhasa. Because of its past, Xilitu Temple became the most important Buddhist establishment in Hohhot and the region of Inner Mongolia. This is the largest Buddhist temple in Hohhot. The Chinese name for the temple is Yanshou Si - Longevity Temple.
Hohhot Baita International Airport is 15 km northeast of the city center. Transportation: shuttle buses, taxis, and city buses.