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Traditional Chinese Artwork

We were recently looking to reserve a meeting room and therefore checking out a number of Hohhot hotels we hadn’t been to before. One of those was the Wan Li International Hotel 万立国际酒店. It’s just south of the intersection of Xin Hua and Xinggan on the west side of the road.

If you’re interested in purchasing some traditional calligraphy or other Chinese art, they had a display on the seventeenth floor. Out of the elevators turn left, then left again and it’s the first door on the left.

Happy Women’s Day

The Air China Phoenix Hotel’s Sunshine Coffee House has some great deals for Women’s Day. If you’re a woman, check these out to save some money! Actually, I think the last one applies to men too:

  • March 1-9, any woman who makes a reservation in advance gets a 35% discount.
  • If your birthday is also in March, you can eat half price!
  • If you follow the Phoenix’s wei xin/wechat before the 9th, you get a coupon to enjoy the buffet for 99 RMB!  (nmguohang)

Here’s the link to the original language and their weixin information:  Air China Phoenix Hotel Women’s Day Specials

Do you know of other specials for Women’s Day? Let us know by leaving a comment!


Welcome Travelers!


It’s August…that means it’s peak travel season here it Hohhot and all across Inner Mongolia.  Hotels are full of tourists from all over China and beyond, the grasslands are lush and green, summer exchange programs are underway, and the weather is about as good as it gets all year.
Because it’s peak travel season I’ll give a few of my thoughts about hotels in HH and travel beyond.
First, my brief review of some of Hohhot’s larger hotels:
Shang-ri-la: This one definitely has the best reputation, but probably also the highest prices.  The hotel staff probably have the highest English level.   I haven’t personally seem a room but I’ve heard no complaints and the photos I’ve seen were impressive.  We like it because the few times we’ve been there, they let us park our trike up front near the door whereas some of the other hotels make anyone not driving a car go park in the far back and use the employee back entrance.
Inner Mongolia:  The restaurants are fantastic.  Again, I haven’t personally seem a room but I’ve heard no complaints.  The service doesn’t rank as high as some of the others in my opinion. (See above comment regarding parking in the back)  English level of staff seems fair.
Jin Jiang International:  (not to be confused with Jin Jiang Zhi Xing, a chain hotel with many branches in HH)  Rooms are very nice.  The construction is newer than many of the others in this list and therefore some features seem nicer and cleaner than the others.  English level of staff isn’t great.
Phoenix:  I can’t offer a fair unbiased view on this one since I was previously employed here.  Rooms are great and most have undergone recent renovation and upgrading.  Restaurants are great, service is fantastic, and English level is good.
Holiday Inn:  My impression (no facts to verify) is that more foreigners stay here than anywhere else.  Rooms are great, service is satisfactory, location is in the most crowded area of the city.
Sheraton:  I haven’t seen a room.  I wish I had something good to say, but my personal experience wasn’t good.  Again, we had to park around back and use the employee entrance when we tried to eat, then we were turned away from eating at the restaurant because of a group booking and the cleanliness of the bathroom wasn’t just bad for a fancy hotel, it was bad for China.  However, I do know others who have had good experiences.

Travel outside of Hohhot:
The grasslands are the biggest attraction.  If you want to see the touristy yurts, ride a horse, and eat an overpriced meal, any travel agency can arrange that for you.
If you just want to see the grasslands (a vast expanse of prairies) my personal recommendation is that you rent a car and driver and drive there yourself.
Most travel agencies have partnerships with specific places to eat, ride horses, see a show, etc and even if they discount the price of the actual travel the cost will more than be made up for in the price of the other attractions.  If you hire a car/driver you will need to tell them up front you don’t want to go to the tourist places or they will still try to take you there.

Travelers, if you have questions leave a comment or post in the forum.  Locals, what other advice would you give travelers?

Save some money!


If you haven’t tried group purchasing (团购 tuan gou) you might be missing out!  The concept is similar to groupon, living social, and other similar services in the US.  There are some good deals for small groups but there are REALLY good deals for eating out with large groups.
You can also find discounts on things like massages, KTV, hotels, beverage stands, travel, and so on.  Below I’ve linked to two different group purchasing websites, but I’m sure there are more.  If you know of others link to them in the forum or in the comments below.
If you can’t read Chinese, get a local friend to help you register for an account and set up your preferences for area of town, kind of cuisine, etc.
Also comment or share in the forum if you see a particularly good deal you think others should know about!
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