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Hulunbuir Grassland, the northern jade land

By Wei Jia

May 23

Hulunbuir Grassland, covering about 100,000 km2, or about six times as large as Beijing, is China’s best preserved grassland. The lush region is rightly called the “northern jade land.”

Hulunbuir Grassland, covering about 100,000 km2, or about six times as large as Beijing, is China’s best preserved grassland. The lush region is rightly called the “northern jade land.”

Hulunbuir Grassland, covering about 100,000 km2, or about six times as large as Beijing, is China’s best preserved grassland. The lush region is rightly called the “northern jade land.”

Hulunbuir Grassland [Image Credit: VCG]
 The boundless green in Hulun Buir matches the sky above not only in expansion but also purity; the grass is as far away from man-made pollution as the land is from the sky. The immense vegetation is checkered with hundreds of sparkling rivers and streams, the bloodline for the Mongolian people who have been calling the grassland home since times of yore.

The abundance of the place has nourished generations of the nomadic tribes. Genghis Khan, the founder of the Mongol Empire, one of the largest in human history, was born on the grassland.

The fabled grassland, despite its association with fierce Mongolian horsemen, owes its name to an unlikely animal – an otter. “Hulun” means otters while “buir” means male otters in Mongolian, and the names were given due to the fact that the two lakes in the region used to have a large population of otters.

Although there may not be as many otters now, you will find of hordes of grazing cattle and galloping horses manipulated expertly by Mongolians in a pristine setting that rolls back time for travelers from urban environments.

Such fresh sights, together with the fresh air, should impose on both your eyes and lungs the delightful labor of taking in as much as possible.

Satisfy your fascination with the Mongol Empire with a time-warping visit to Golden Horde Mongolian Tribe (Jinzhanghan Mongolia Tribe), the only site open to the tourists on the grassland featuring a nomadic tribe. You will find there a replication of the camping tents in Genghis Khan’s time.

Hulunbuir Grassland [Image Credit: VCG]
Far from the rigor of living a nomadic life hundreds of years ago, visitors to the Golden Mongolian Tribe are entertained by performances of Mongolian dance, archery, horse riding and more. Forget your diet and feast on the succulent lamb the grassland is known for. You will not regret it.

Best time to visit: From June to September, be prepared for strong sunshine and sharp changes in temperatures from day to night.

How to get there: Hulunbuir Dongshan International Airport, the nearest airport to the grassland, is in the Hailar District of Hulunbuir City. The distance between the airport and the grassland is about 150 km. You can hire a driver to take you to and from the grassland.

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