Xilinhaote Scenic Area
Xilinhaote Scenic Area is composed of all the scenic spots in the city and its neighboring area within 50 kilometers. It is a good idea for tourists (who plan to stay one or two days) to take accommodation in restaurants within the city and arrive at the scenic area in an hour on bus. Besides shopping, cafeteria, and recreation, there are eight ecological tourist attractions, reputed as “The Eight Fantastic Scenery of Xilin City”. The eight scenic spots, namely, Huiteng Prairie, Jiuqu River of Xilin, the Scenery of Setting Sun on Platform of Tuff Rocks, Chagan Aobao, City of Customs and Traditions, as well as the Sea of Sand with Scattered Woods. They are just like eight bright pearls presenting to the world the great city of Xilinhaote.
55 kilometers away from Xizhang Highway, Huiteng Prairie is located in the connecting part of Meadow Grassland and Representative Grassland, and on Huiteng Basalt Mesa with an altitude of 1300 meters around. On the Representative Prairie, tourists will not only appreciate the unique scenery and vegetation, but basalt rocks out of earth and tuff rocks coming into being when volcanoes erupted.
Situated at the foot of E’erdun Aobao Mountain of Xilinhaote, Beizi Temple is one of the four famous temples of Inner Mongolia Lamaism. It was built in 1743, the ruling year of Qianlong Emperor in Qing dynasty. It was named Beizi Temple because it was located in Beizi Banner of that period and suggested to be built by Beizi balajidao’erji, leader of the banner. Beizi Temple also has a Chinese name “Chongshan Temple” given by Emperor Qianlong. It can be divided into five big halls accompanied by ten smaller halls and more than 2000 rooms as lamas’ residence. Accounting a total acreage of 1.23 square kilometers, the temple is a sacred religious site on a prairie of North China. Constructions of Beizi Temple is characterized by flying eaves, bending arches, painted girders, exquisite pavilions, and a lot of frescoes. Therefore Beizi Temple is of great value for researches on history and art of the ethnic group.
Over 20 kilometers off North Xilinhaote City lies a well known scenic spot called Xilin Aftertaste. It originates from an inland river which dribbles away gradually on land and then “dives” into earth. Tourists here will find a lot of swamplands, precarious grass beach, and similar phenomenon of petered rivers. In summer time the scenic spot will be decorated with green grass and colorful flowers blooming like shining stars in the sky. Herds of snow-white sheep on the wide green grassland look like white flowers embroidered on a green blanket.
Jiuqu River of Xilin:
Jiuqu River in Xilin is a famous scenic spot 13 kilometers away from Southeast Xilinhaote City. There is beautiful legend about the river. It is said that Genghis Khan and his wife once ride a horse quickly on the prairie. They were so absorbed in the beautiful scenery that neither of them found their scarf fell onto the prairie. When they realized what happened and looked back, they saw the scarf had turned the Xilin River into a new river with 99 branches which made the prairie particularly fascinating. Then Genghis Khan made such a comment: the prairie is endowed with unique power and strength, and would become a place of prosperity with clear waters and green mountains. In 1983, Jiuqu River was chosen as the shoot site for film Marco Polo collaborated by China and Italy. In 1998, pictures of Jiuqu River Scenery were printed on Xilinguole Special Stamps issued by State Post Bureau.
Scenery of the Setting Sun on Platform of Tuff Rocks：
It is about 20 kilometers off Xizhang Highway. Here you can see a lot of platforms with different angles. They are tuff rocks formulated in volcano eruptions. Looking from distance, they seem flat in order. But when you climb onto them, you will find they do not level off. The platforms are constituted with large and small tuff rocks, the bases of which have revealed with sparse coverage of vegetation. The best time to appreciate scenery on Pingding Mountain is sunset. Therefore people give the name Pingtailuori to refer to the scenery of the setting sun on platform of tuff rocks. The light of setting sun prinks the Pingding Mountain with red of kermes, makes it charming and romantic. In the sunset glow fly the smoke from kitchen chimneys of residents in the valley, leaving you with myriad feelings and emotions.
City of Customs and Traditions：
The city of Xilinhaote is the best place for you to know about and experience the pure customs and traditions of Inner Mongolia. Tourist guides will take you to Zhushi Pasture nearby Xilin City, Gagen Aobao, Xiritala Vacation Resort, and Garden of Customs and Traditions within the city.
30 kilometers off West Xilinhaote, Chagan Aobao is famous Aobao Mount with a long history. It is huge and high, and located in the representative prairie area. Aobao is a Mongolian word meaning “Duizi”. It refers to a stone road used as a sign of border on a wide prairie and later evolves into a symbol for praying to God of Mountain and Road for peace and happiness. Now in the heart of herdsmen Aobao signifies God and therefore has strong religious connotation. Chagan Aobao is huge in size and made of 12 stone piles with the largest one in the center. On its top insert some wickers, making the Aobao seem like a signal fire platform. Herdsmen on prairies attach much importance to memorial ceremonies for Aobao. They usually start to prepare ten days before the fete which will be hold with solemnity and grandness.
The Sea of Sand with Scattered Wood
The main body of the scenic spot is 78 kilometers away from the Xizhang Highway. There is a land of sand where lives the representative type of vegetation— elm, under which grows a variety of willows and herbage. Hunshandake Sandlot came into being 220,000 years ago. Tourists can appreciate the unique scenery of lava rock from the other side of the sandlot.