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Inner Mongolia

Inner Mongolia (Nei Monggu) is a Mongol Autonomous Region. It borders on Mongolia and Russia. The Mongols united under Genghis Khan in 1206 and their descendents went on to conquer the rest of China and then parts of Europe in the 13th and 14th century. Strong and adventurous people who don't mind eating a mutton diet. The nights are cool. Winters are very cold and springs have sandstorms.

Nei Monggu's capital city, Hohhot (Green City) is 1000 meters above sea level. It dates from Ming Dynasty, at least 400 years. The traditional religion is Lamaism, a branch of Buddhism related to that of Tibet. Dazhao Temple, the oldest temple, has a rare silver Buddha and many musical instruments. Yurt (huts) in the grasslands, camels and camel carts, Mongolian bows and arrows, tea laced with milk, butter and grain, barbecued lamb, mutton hot pot, beef kabab, camel hoof, gives an impression of Mongolian lifestyle. Nei Monggu also has a Provincial Museum. Mongolian folk songs and dances are distinct. Saber-fighting, horseback acrobatics and horse racing still reflect the nomadic life of Mongols. Inner Mongolia produces woolen textiles, carpets, tapestries and Mongolian-style riding boots, sabers, saddles stirrups and felt stockings.

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Site Created: September 16, 1998; Updated: September 23, 2007.