Further into Inner Mongolia

Trip Start Jun 12, 2010
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of China  , Inner Mongolia,
Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Before leaving Xilinhot we decided we had to have another look at the temple.  It was closed yesterday and even though they don't believe me, I've told Sally and Nora that the experience here will be much better than at the Forbidden City in Peking.

Next stop - Xiwuqi.

I'd made contact with someone there, a Mongolian, so we thought it would be worth the trip.

We managed to find another friendly driver and by the time Sally woke up... we were there.

It's one of the few cities mainly populated by Mongolians.

After a few sms's we managed to find Yingjima

and after checking out a few of the smaller hotels we opted for the best hotel in town.  Not usually an option when you're trying not to spend too much but it was certainly possible here. 

Yingjima took us to a rather fancy park.  Glorious... but strangely deserted.

The city is quite small but the local government seems to have pumped a lot of money and effort into making it look beautiful. 

They're certainly proud of their Mongolian history, both in Inner and Outer Mongolia.

They seem to have skimped on decent parking for goats though...

I used to wonder why the standard of badminton in the streets is so poor... but of course any child that shows any potential is whisked away to a training camp to produce the next world champion.

I gather eating sour milk bean curd is not actually recommended by Lonely Planet... but someone had to be polite.

In the evening we checked out the local night club. 

Some bloke was very welcoming when we walked in but that look on his face was turning out to be more lustful than friendly! 

One of his mates has thankfully decided to come over to drag him away.

It took quite an effort to get away from him.  I was not amused but Sally and Nora were.

One of the highlights of the trip for me, was when some young bloke got up to sing karaoke and sang some modern song using Mongolian throat singing technique.  Absolutely remarkable!!
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Danielle on

Hi there! I was planning to make a trip for Xiwuqi in June but I can't find info on hotels/hostel. You said there were some cheaper ones than the Xiwuqi 4 star, do you happen to have any info on them?

Great blog by the way-- your travels look awesome!! :)

budz888 on

No, no info on the other hotels. We did have a look at one when we turned up; I can't remember why we decided against it. The downtown area wasn't too big I seem to remember. No doubt it was a lot cheaper than the hotel we stayed in though. I've got the email address of the Mongolian girl who showed us around... if it's possible to send a private message on this website try that and perhaps you'll be able to contact her.

I suspect if you turn up during namdam you'll have trouble finding a room... so better check. Otherwise it's probably pretty quiet.

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