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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!

a rookie mistake

Carrefour on Children's Day

Carrefour on Children’s Day

Just as I know not to travel on/around May 1st and October 1st holidays, I should have known not to try to go to a newly opened supermarket on a public holiday, especially not Children’s Day. It was crazy. I saved half of the things on my list to pick up close to home because I couldn’t handle the crowds. However, at least there were lots of nice “treats” there to console myself for my mistake.

However you’re spending Children’s Day, I hope it’s enjoyable!

Ten Hohhot News Items

There’s a news article that seems to be popular among my local friends so I thought I would share the highlights here with you, lovely readers. The article lists ten recent news items related to Hohhot. I’ll post the article in full below, but I’ll do my best to translate the headlines for you.

ONE: another expressway will open in late July in Hohhot. It will be have be 80 km of six lanes without signal lights

TWO: Subway lines one and two will be ready in 2020 according to the Metro Planning National Development and Reform Commission

THREE: Hohhot ranked 45th out of 289 cities in sustainable competitiveness

FOUR: A new landmark in Hohhot-A new bus station transport hub in the East will be ready in October

FIVE: Train service from Hohhot to Shenzhen began on May 20th (schedule included in Chinese article below)

SIX: The whole country will have a day of vacation on September 3

SEVEN: Pensions of retired personnel in Inner Mongolia increased by an average of about 10%

EIGHT: Decided! Civil Service salary will increase by 300 yuan per capita by the end of June

NINE: Good news! The education requirements for employment are being relaxed (I’m not entirely sure about my translation of this one).

TEN: A new flower garden will open in Hohhot at the end of May and entrance is free!

Read the full articles below:

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Happy Valentine’s Day, Hohhot!

If you plan on celebrating by eating out at an upscale restaurant, be prepared to pay more than normal. Most restaurants will have only a “set menu” or choices of set menus instead of their usual offerings. The offerings are typically great, just don’t show up to a place you know and love and expect the same dishes you normally order.

If you need some suggestions for a date, we wrote a post some time back with some suggestions.

Also, there’s an international site for searching date ideas/locations called and believe it or not, there are entries and suggestions for Hohhot.

If you haven’t made any plans to celebrate, don’t worry. You’ll have another chance in August. Today is Western holiday for lovers, but the Chinese also have a traditional holiday to celebrate love which falls on the seventh day of the seventh month according to the lunar calendar. In 2015 it will fall on August 20th.


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