31 Oct Touring Inner Mongolia Inner Mongolia is an autonomous region in the north of China, where it shares a border with Mongolia (an independent country) and Russia. Inner Mongolia is a special region and different to what everyone associates with mainland China. This is a region populated by Chinese minority groups! With our guests who are doing internships in China, this was a well-planned opportunity to go breathe some fresh air and experience a land of myth, legendary stories, an oasis grasslands and deserts! In addition, our Chinese language program candidates would not be left out for such an adventure, so off we went and boarded a train from Beijing city to the capital of Inner Mongolia, Hohhot. The capital is still traditional with lots of remnants and symbols of Buddhism; Hohhot is charming and still largely populated by Mongolians. In this part of town, foreigners can buy different artifacts and souvenirs. We know from history that Mongols are herdsmen, their lifestyles are nomadic and livestock and horses are very important to them. Of course Mongolian people’s history really took off around the time of Genghis Khan and his brave battles and pursuits. You may wonder how such a trip is possible considering the cost of living in Beijing, however with the right arrangement that Go Abroad China managed, we made it possible for our international clients to enjoy such a great and unforgettable experience. While in Mongolia, naturally we visited the deserts that are synonymous with camel riding, the grasslands that are perfect for horse riding and ordering food in Chinese in a traditional Mongolian tent (a yurt). The Inner Mongolian food is largely based on meat and sheep/goat milk and associated milk products that are home-made. From observation, people in Inner Mongolia live life in the utmost simplicity, they stick to their traditions and it is so refreshing to see this and experience life away from the bustle of Beijing city.