Travel to Yinchuan, Hohhot, and Datong this May
Posted 28 April 2012 - 08:54 PM
Have a total of two weeks, and will fly from Beijing back to Kunming. Not interested in Beijing as a travel destination on this trip (been there enough before.)
1. Would appreciate suggestions on those three places and surrounding areas: Yinchuan, Hohhot, and Datong.
2. Wondering about the train between Yinchuan and Hohhot. Looks like an overnighter. Any thoughts on that?
3. From Hohhot to Datong, looks like that will be by bus. Thoughts on that?
4. From Datong to Beijing, the train looks good. Thoughts on that?
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Posted 28 April 2012 - 10:51 PM
Hohhot has a different atmosphere, with Mongolian script on many shop and road signs. There are a number of temples around town worth seeing (if you like that kind of thing).
As for Datong, well presumably you're going for the Yungang Caves. The city itself is a fairly regular city by Chinese standards. The caves are interesting, again, if you're into that kind of thing.
As for transport, you can fly on Joy Air on their Chinese-built MA60 propeller aircraft between Yinchuan and Hohhot. The fare was quite reasonable as far as I recall.
I did Datong to Hohhot via Shijiazhuang. I'm not sure if there are direct trains.
Posted 29 April 2012 - 08:55 AM
In and around Datong I was hoping to visit not only Yungang Grottoes, but also the Hanging Temple built into the face of a cliff near Mount Heng.
I've been told that early May is probably too early in the year for the grasslands near Hohhot, such as Xilamuren or Gegentala, to be green and lush. But Hohhot, like you say, still has enough tombs and temples to keep me busy for a couple days. Not sure about a side trip to Batou (Genghis Khan Mausoleum, etc.)
Posted 29 April 2012 - 12:30 PM
If I'm looking at a Yinchuan map, what landmarks would indicate the "old city" area?
Posted 30 April 2012 - 06:32 AM
The official name for the old city disctrict is 兴庆区. What is called the new city falls mostly within 西夏区. The only thing notable about 金凤区, the third and last official district, is as far as I remember that that is where the train station is located.
Posted 30 April 2012 - 06:47 AM
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