Known for its endless ice and snow scenery and primitive nomadic culture, Hulunbuir has become a prominent winter destination. It is also the gateway to China’s grasslands. Hulunbuir is huge, larger than the UK, which makes it a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Hulunbuir is one of the country's coldest regions; with heavy snowfall in early October, and temperatures plummeting to minus 43 degrees Celsius in January. Despite the colder elements experienced in Hulunbuir, this 7-day adventure is perfect for travelers looking to connect with nature in one of China’s most stunning winter wonderlands. You can explore the Asian white birch forest, visit the ethnic Russian minorities and get up close and personal with a reindeer. This is an adventure that you will never forget.
Upon your arrival at the airport, our guide and driver will be there waiting for you and take you to your hotel located in Hailar district. The rest of the day is free.
After breakfast, your journey begins, where you will head out to the Hulunbuir Grassland to enjoy the wonderful world of snow and ice – take the ice and snow slides, ride the snow motorcycles, snow tubes, and many other fun activities. From there, you will embark onto Erguna, which is named after the – Erguna River that separates China and Russia. “Erguna” literally means “offering” in the Mongolian language, which indicates the Erguna River is the cradle and mother river that has raised and nurtured the people along both banks. On the way, you will experience the winter grassland horse-riding and stay overnight in Erguna.
After breakfast, you will visit the Asian White Birch Forest, which is recognized as one of the world’s four largest grasslands. It is the only natural white birch forest in the Hulunbuir area of Daxing’an Mountains (Greater Hinggan Mountains). From there, you will be taken to visit local Russian families to learn about their life and customs, taste Russian cuisine, experience Easter Egg Toss games, and watch a performance of Russian songs and dances. Afterward, you will then proceed to Genhe which is dubbed as the coldest city in China. The temperature can drop to as low as -51.5 ℃(-60.7°F). Overnight in Genhe.
After breakfast, we have arranged a visit to one of the last reindeer herder tribes in the depth of Daxing’an Mountains (Greater Hinggan Mountains). Take a walk through the primary forest, have close contact with reindeer, watch and feed reindeer (special food is required), and enjoy the picturesque scenery around you before proceeding to Lengji Village. Lengji means the “coldest place”, and it holds the record for the country’s lowest recorded temperature, that is, -58 C in 2009. At Lengji Village, a nice hearty hotpot meal awaits you on an ice table, then experience the ice and snow recreational activities such as snow plowing, skating, and making ice sugar gourd. Here, you will experience an overnight homestay in the village, prepare dumplings for dinner, along with other local dishes like stewed chicken with mushrooms, and finally, you can crash and sleep on a traditional northern Chinese heated brick bed after a long and exciting day.
After breakfast, we will prepare the hiking equipment (gloves, walking sticks, cotton caps, etc.), and take you to the depth of Daxing'an Mountains. This would be an 8 km hike through a spectacular forest with hoar frost and rime ice. In the forest, you will collect firewood to help prepare a barbecue for lunch. Return to Genhe by car after the tour.
After breakfast, there is a visit to the Erguna Wetland which is often dubbed the "best wetland in Asia", and one of the most beautiful river valley wetlands. Afterward, you will venture to Ewenki Cultural Park to learn about Ewenki’s history, culture, and listen to their legends. There is an opportunity to learn and make the sunflower motifs from an Ewenki craftsman – a great souvenir for you to take back home. The Ewenki people worship the sun for its warmth and brightness. Sunflower motifs are commonly made of cowhide, sheepskin, sable fur and decorated with agate stones, which are believed to bring blessings and good fortune to local inhabitants. Return to Hailar where you will stay overnight.
This is the last day of your tour. Pack your bags and after breakfast, your final tour is the Hulunbuir Nationality Museum that showcases the history and culture of local nomadic nationalities. Transfer to the airport where we say farewell, as you depart for your next destination.
To explore the vast winter grasslands, and enjoy the local cuisine in Hulunbuir, just arrange and book your flight to Hulunbuir Dongshan International Airport (HLD). Leave the rest of the planning and arrangements for us, and upon your arrival, we will be there waiting for you.