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Baotou Travel Guide, China

Baotou, Travel guide - Location

This Baotou travel guide presents some notions regarding this prefecture-level municipality who is located in Inner Mongolia, nearly 100 miles (150 km) to the west of the capital city of Hohhot.

Baotou, Travel guide - Geography

Baotou is situated in the western inner Mongolia Autonomous Region with Mongolia to the north and the Yellow River to the south, even though part of the Yellow River, meaning 214 kilometers, crosses right through Baotou city area. The entire city surface measures 27768 square kilometers, and the map configuration shows Baotou with its mountains and hills in the middle, grassland in the north of the mountains and plains in the south of the mountains. Yin-Shan and Wu-la-er-Shan are the most important mountains that can be found here, with the altitude above sea level measuring 2000 meters.

Concerning the weather, Baotou is a favorable place for travelers, with attractive and moderate temperatures, the average temperature being 8 degrees.

Baotou, Travel guide - Flora and Fauna

The enchanted Baotou holds in store endless natural resources, dense forests, fertile farmland and a large number of wild flora and fauna. Due to the pleasant and beautiful weather, in summer, Baotou is an ideal resort because of the melons, vegetables and abundant flowers, moreover, this ‘Heaven Place’ has successively won the titles of Garden City, and National Excellent Tourist City.

For the mountains lovers, Baotou is home to a variety of wildlife, jagged rocks with unique shapes and waterfalls. On the other hand, the deserts here are amazing and truly quiet, the locals even say that you can hear the sand making noise.

The whole area is rich in minerals such as gold, magnesium, iron, niobium, the last one placing Baotou on the top of the list because of its large reserves.

Baotou, Travel guide - Transport

Regarding transport, Baotou is a place where you can find everything from airplanes to bikes. The airport is 2 km south of the eastern section of the city, and its regular flights are to the major cities as Shanghai, Guanghou and Beijing. Baotou has also train connection with a number of cities in China including Beijing, Shanghai, Hohhot and Taiyuan.

If you just want to visit or travel to nearby sights, a bus or a minibus is the perfect choice, the cost being really low.

Baotou, Travel guide - Population and Economy

As far as population is concerned, based on some official statistics released at the end of 2008, Baotou numbers 2.46 million people and is composed by 31 nationalities such as Meng, Han, Hui, Man and other ethnic minorities.

The economy has developed and increased over the past fifty years, and is based mainly in heavy industry, here being produced huge quantities of steel, aluminum, iron and coal.

Baotou, Travel guide - Cuisine

Baotou cuisine is famous for its strong flavor of Northwest China and has as main ingredient beef, mutton, and noodles. As local flavor, the inhabitants use lot of wine made of horse milk and oatmeal.

Around the Yellow River, restaurants prepare various carp dishes, Songshu Yu being a famous fish dish of the city.

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