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Situated in the southeast part of Damao Banner, the Xilamuren Grassland scenic spot is about 90 km away from Hohhot. Xilamuren Grasslands is characterized by rolling hills and lush green grass. Xilamuren means 'yellow water' in Mongolian.The best time to visit the grassland is in summer and autumn. At this time of year, the pleasant climate, the blue sky and white clouds, the rolling grass, the wandering flocks and herds, the passionate herdsmen and their Mongolian food will undoubtedly leave you with a deep impression.

Entertainments in these areas are many. You may try activities such as Mongolian wrestling, horse & camel riding, rodeo competitions, archery, visiting traditional families, and trips to the aobaos (rock mounds that are normally festooned with flags, meant for worship). In the evenings the camps provide interesting, including a baijiu dinner and performances of traditional dancing, singing and melodies from traditional Mongolian instruments, including the sawing charms of the horsehead fiddle.

During the Nadam Festival held every summer, you can enjoy a series of different activities, including camel riding, horse racing, wrestling, archery, a camp fire party, singing and dancing. You can even take part in some of the competitions that you are interested in. You also can find out what it is like to live in a yurt, where one can also take part in a grand campfire party, replete with singing and dancing and general merrymaking, until one drops from exhaustion.Moreover, on Xilamuren Grassland, there is a Lama Temple Constructed in 1769 during the reign of Emperor Qianlong. It is Puhui Temple which should better not be missed on your trip to Xilamuren Grassland. Originally it was the temporary palace for the sixth Xilituzhao living Buddha. Now it is a complex of three halls with carved ceilings and painted beams. The beautiful Xilamuren River surrounds the temple, presenting a peaceful and harmonious atmosphere.

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