The most beautiful points to visit on the Inner Mongolian Dada Line, the Grassland Sky Road (Part One)

"The sky is vast, the wilderness is boundless, wind blows the grass low, revealing cattle and sheep – this is the most mesmerizing scene of Inner Mongolia. Following the Grassland Sky Road, heading northwards, passing through endless grasslands, crossing sand dunes and lakes, there are always cattle and sheep as companions."

Dazhao Temple, also known as Dazhao Wuliang Temple, is a locally influential temple located in the center of Hohhot City. It was built during the Wanli period of the Ming Dynasty and is one of the earliest Gelugpa Tibetan Buddhist temples in the city. The silver-casted statue of Shakyamuni Buddha inside the hall is nearly 3 meters tall, making it one of the largest existing silver Buddha statues in China. Therefore, the temple is also known as "Silver Buddha Temple".
The Dazhao Temple, Xilitu Zhao, and the Islamic-style street are all nearby and can be visited together. "Xilitu Zhao" is also known as "Yanshou Temple" in Chinese and Xilitu means "chief" in Mongolian. It was originally built as a lamasery in the Ming Wanli period and is now the largest lamasery in the city. The buildings on both sides of the Islamic-style street are in the Islamic architectural style with domed roofs and white tower buildings, which have a unique exotic atmosphere. The Islamic-style street belongs to the Hui Muslim area in the city and is approximately one kilometer long. There are also several Islamic mosques on the street, with A'boi Palace and the Great Mosque being the most well-known. There are also several food streets near the street, so it's a great opportunity to try local cuisine.

Islamic feature street

The street of Islamic style is lined with buildings featuring dome-shaped roofs and white tower-like structures, creating a unique exotic atmosphere. The street belongs to the local Muslim district and is about one kilometer long. There are also several Islamic temples, with Aiboi Palace and Great Mosque being the most famous. There are also several food streets near the Islamic style street, where you can try local delicacies.
"Islamic-style street, drive 2.3 kilometers to reach the Diamond Seat Stupa. The Diamond Seat Stupa, originally belonged to Cideng Temple, but the temple declined and only the stupa remains. There are five square-shaped small pagodas on the base of the stupa, so this place is also known as the 'Five Pagoda Temple'."

Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region Museum

Inner Mongolia Museum is the earliest established museum in ethnic minority areas, and it has become one of the landmarks of Hohhot. The museum holds a large number of exhibits related to the history of the Liao Dynasty and Mongolian history, serving as an important window for quickly understanding Inner Mongolia.
The old street is a street that reflects the highlights of the historical and cultural city, renovated by the municipal government in two years. It is 380 meters long and all the buildings fully embody the characteristics of the Ming and Qing dynasties. It is known as the condensed old image of Hohhot and the real old street has been demolished by the government. These old-style houses, with a history of about thirty years, many of them are adobe walls, suitable for antique, folklore, department stores, and local specialty shops that match the old city. There are shops opened by old coppersmiths, as well as ethnic handicraft stores that have developed in recent years. The temples that have hosted the visits of the Dalai Lama for the third and fifth times are still lively with tourists coming and going.
If you love off-roading, you can experience the thrill of off-road crossing at Lao Zhanggou before heading to Xilinhot. Apart from off-road training, it also attracts many camping enthusiasts to stargaze at night. Lao Zhanggou Forest Farm is located at the border between Hebei and Inner Mongolia. Some of the attractions here are not fully developed yet. With its mountainous terrain, sandstone trails, and steep slopes, it poses a certain level of difficulty for driving, hence gaining some popularity in the off-road community.

Lake Lightning

The Lightning Lake is named after the Lightning River, the river that flows into the lake. It is located in the Jinlian Plains in Guyuan City, and is the largest lake in the upper reaches of the Luan River. The lake is situated on the left side of the road, with a green wetland on the right side. A road separates the two landscapes, giving the feeling of being in two different worlds at the same time. The water of the Lightning Lake is crystal clear, surrounded by mountains, and separated from the blue sky by a line of grassy beaches. The scenery is extremely beautiful.