Welcome to Shi Wei
A small Russian-style town of log cabins located right on the É'ěrgǔnà River, which marks the border with Russia, Shì Wěi (室韦) is deep within the glorious grasslands. Shì Wěi itself is no longer the backwater it once was and the commercial summer tourist season gets busy with domestic visitors, although very few foreigners make it up here, especially out of season. But it’s fun to ride a horse along the riverbank (¥40 per half-hour) while gazing at the Russian village on the opposite bank, or sitting down to some Russian food. Look for wooden stages on both sides of the river: each country used to host performances for their neighbours! Taking the backcountry roads here, through the elm forests, is another attraction.