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a Hohhot movie

I haven’t seen it yet, but recently saw this posting on wechat about a film about Hohhot, filmed in Hohhot, and even uses the local dialect as the language for the movie.
You can use a translation program for the details of the page embedded or linked below, but the basic plot is the story of a boy born in Hohhot in the early nineties, the struggles of his family, and the changes his family experiences as China (and Hohhot) change around them. The Chinese title is ba yue (August) and the English title is Summer is Over. 

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If you’ve seen the movie, leave us a comment with your thoughts.

Anda Union getting good press

If you haven’t heard of Anda Union, you should check them out! They are arguably the most internationally famous performers to come out of Inner Mongolia. 

This week they made international news again, being included in this list by the Huffington Post of the best albums of 2016 that the Grammy Awards missed. 

If you want to hear them, both links above have video! 

I haven’t heard this particular album yet, but I’m glad they’re getting some recognition. What do you think? Have you heard the album? Is it Grammy-worthy?

Leave us a comment!

Grassland Culture Festivities

So apparently there is a holiday season approaching called “Inner Mongolia Grassland Culture Holiday. The holiday’s official dates are June 25-July 3, but some activities have already started. A complete list of activities in Chinese is available here.
I’ll do my best to translate some of them in English for you here. Again, click the link above for full details. I left out the academic forums so check the original for full listing.

June 25 and 26 at 8:00 pm the Poly Theatre will have performances.

June 25 Inner Mongolia Television will air a short film called “Our China Dream: a Wonderful Grassland Story”

June 26- 27 at 8:00 pm a dance performance at the People’s Performance Hall

June 26-27 at 8:00 pm a dance performance at the Nationalities Art Theatre

June 26th Grasslands Creative Works Exhibit at the Exhibition Center

June 26th at 3:00 and 8:00 pm a children’s performance at The Art College

June 27th at 8:00 pm another performance at the Poly Theatre

June 28th at 7:30 another performance at the Art College (in Mongolian)

June 29th and 30th, a choral performance at the Poly Theatre

June 29th and 30th, a group of performers from Wulanchab at the Nationalities Art Theatre

June 29th at 7:30 performance at the Art College (same as the 28th but this time in Chinese)

July 1st at 7:30 a performance at the Art College

July 2 and 3 at 8:00 pm performance at Nationalities Art Theatre

July 2 and 3 at 8:00 a dance performance at the People’s Performance Hall

July 3 at 7:30 a dance performance at the Poly Theatre


Be cultured! Attend some of the performances and leave us a comment to let us know how they were!

Mongolian Felt Art Exhibition


“Mongolian Nomads” Felt Art Exhibition


You are cordially invited to the opening ceremony of “Mongolian Nomads” Felt Art Exhibition by Mongolian artist Jagralsaikhan Tavkhi.

Date: on Sunday, 17th May, 2015 at 11:00 am

Duration: 17-19 th May 2015

Place: 3th floor, 奥都泰 Mongolian restaurant   

Adress: 新城区成吉思汗大街阳光诺卡比塞塔商业街109

See pictures and more details here. Nomads Mongolian

Upcoming Concerts in Ordos

Below is a schedule of upcoming concerts at the Kangbashi Ordos Theatre. Here is my rough translation of the performances (see the complete time and dates in wechat psoting below). You can follow Ordos News on wechat for more information like this.

1. A string quartet

2. “I only care about you” Vocal concert or opera

3. Children’s performance

4. Another children’s performance

5. Joint performance of children’s troupes from across Inner Mongolia’s leagues

6. Piano solo

7. “Alibabba and the 40 Thieves” parent/child performance

8. “Heavenly City” works of a Japanese composer, Gong Qi Jun

9. “Three Little Pigs” Children’s performenace.

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What does Hohhot do best?

CNN recently published this article about the ten things China does best. I thought it was a very fair and accurate list. For your reading pleasure, James and I quickly brainstormed the ten things we think Hohhot does best.

What Hohhot Does Best:

1. Mutton. I mean, this is the grasslands, right? This isn’t something we frequently ate back home, but I don’t think you can live here too long without it becoming an endearing part of the cuisine.

2. Bad English. For a provincial capital, it’s my humble opinion that our English rendering of public signs and such is still far enough from accurate to give us our daily chuckle. I think other cities across China are becoming more international and losing this humorous aspect to their day.

3. Cold Weather. Has anything in Hohhot ever shut down due to snow or bad weather? I can’t remember anything. I can however, remember a time (2002, I believe) that the official temperature was reported as -29 for a number of days so that they wouldn’t have to close schools and offices. (I hear at -30 schools should close). I can also remember numerous time boasting the coldest temps in China. brrrr.

4. Taxi Sharing. This wasn’t a thing ten years ago, but I’m quite impressed at the drivers’ ability to know so quickly what locations are generally in the same direction as their current passenger and to make the snap decision to pick up a second (or third) fare or not. And passengers generally seem to be cordial enough to one another when sharing.

5. Hospitality. If you don’t have your own collection of blue scarves (hadas) yet, you haven’t been properly welcomed. If you haven’t left every social gathering stuffed until you feel sick, well, them my experience has been vastly different than yours.

6. Local Food. We may not have the best selection of Western food, but when it comes to local food, we have a wide variety of deliciousness to choose from. And, as far as “local specialties” go, we could be doing a lot worse than hot pot and mutton. We all have friends in other places in China that have to endure way more gastric torture than we do, yes?

7. Traffic Jams. I think the following picture, courtesy of a local friend’s wechat account, says enough.


8. Bike Theft. They really are genius, right? And not just bicycles, but has anyone held on to an electric bike and its original battery for any length of time. I’m always amazed at the boldness of the thieves in both their choosing of the location of what the thefts occur as well as their tenacity to somehow get through all the locks we use!

9. Museums. The museums truly are great, and getting better. And I don’t just mean the provincial level ones, either. Even small counties are building more museums with truly interesting displays. The English is still terrible, but the displays themselves are great.

10. Arts/Mongolian Culture. Sure other big cities may have a more lively band/music scene for foreigners, but here there are still plenty of locals performing for locals. Traditional Mongolian singers, instrumentalists and dancers can be found at many restaurants and every tourist trap across the province. Local bars also have a lively music scene.

Tell us in the comments what you would add or what items you disagree with.

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