Attractions

Top Choice Monastery in Hohhot

Dà Zhào

This spectacular Tibetan Buddhist temple is the oldest and largest temple in the city. Also called 'Immeasurable Temple' (无量寺; Wúliàng Sì) in Chinese, the complex was originally built in the 16th century and much en…
Top Choice Pagoda in Hohhot

Wǔtǎ Pagoda

Rising up at the rear of the Five Pagoda Temple, this striking, Indian-influenced, five-tiered pagoda was completed in 1732. Its main claim to fame is the Mongolian star chart around the back (protected behind glass…
Buddhist Site in Hohhot

Guanyin Temple

Its colossal halls capped in saffron tiles visible from a huge distance away, this massive temple is dedicated to the Goddess of Mercy, Guanyin. The colossal statue of the 1000-arm Guanyin within the Yuántōng Treasu…
Monastery in Hohhot

Xílìtú Zhào

Across from the Dà Zhào temple is this simple, peaceful monastery, which is also known as Xiǎo Zhào or Yánshòu Temple (延寿寺; Yánshòu Sì). The temple is the official residence of Hohhot's 11th Living Buddha (he actual…
Area in Hohhot

Xīlāmùrén

This grassland area caters largely to the burgeoning domestic market, with dozens of faux concrete yurt camps and a commercialised feel in pockets that robs some of it of a true wilderness experience. But it's a hug…
Museum in Hohhot

Inner Mongolia Museum

This massive museum in the northeastern section of town has a distinctive sloping roof supposed to resemble the vast steppes of Mongolia. It’s one of the better provincial museums, with a focus on Mongolian culture,…
Pagoda in Hohhot

Bái Tǎ

In the middle of the fields, 7km east of the airport (about 22km from Hohhot), is Bái Tǎ, a striking seven-storey octagonal tower built during the Liao dynasty. A steep, double-barrelled staircase leads to a small s…
Mosque in Hohhot

Great Mosque

North of the old town is the Great Mosque. Built in the Chinese style, it dates from the Qing dynasty but has been modernised. You can look around as long as you don’t enter the prayer hall. The main street, with pl…