Quick facts about Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region
The Inner Mongolia autonomous region is also called Inner Mongolia for short, with Hohhot as its capital city. Its origin can be traced back to the Ordos people who lived here 2,000 years ago.
With agriculture and stockbreeding as its main livelihood, Inner Mongolia also engages in forestry, coal mining and steel industries. The region boasts abundant natural resources, particularly minerals, and its reserves of rare earth and natural alkali rank first in China.
Herdsmen attend a cultural demonstration at a horse-breeding center in West Ujimqin Banner, Xilin Gol League, north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, July 31, 2020. (Xinhua/Lian Zhen)
Inner Mongolia is a special economic zone renowned as a "treasure basin", with a foremost attraction of natural beauty. Vast grasslands, mushroom-like yurts, bright sky, fresh air, rolling grass and flocks and herds moving like white clouds on the remote grassland, all contribute to relaxing and picturesque scenery.
The Greater Hinggan Mountain, renowned as the "green treasure", is the largest and most preserved primitive forest. As the Kingdom of Wildlife, it is home to over 300 species of birds and 100 species of animals, 40 of which are listed as national rarities.
Inner Mongolia, with a temperate continental monsoon climate, has a cold, long winter with frequent blizzards and a warm, short summer. The mean summer temperature ranges between 20.1℃ and 25.3℃. The difference in temperatures between day and night also varies greatly throughout the year.
Equestrians perform during the opening ceremony of an equine culture event in Xilinhot, north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, Aug. 1, 2020. The event kicked off here on Saturday. (Xinhua/Peng Yuan)
Places of interest include Zhaojun Tomb in Hohhot, the Five-towers Temple, the Wudangzhao Monastery, and the Genghis Khan Mausoleum in Ejin Horo Banner. Traditional special local products include pure wool coarse string, Alashan camel's hair, XilinGol mushroom and Hetao melon.
Foods that you can't miss contain roast lamb, instant-boiled mutton, finger mutton and milk tea are some of the staple foods. Singing, dancing and recreational sport are an important part of Mongolian culture.
Source: Official website of the People's Government of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region