Day 3 – 7 were spent in Inner Mongolia.
We took the overnight soft sleeper train from Beijing West Railway station to Hohhot (Inner Mongolia). Our train tickets were purchased online at Ctrip just a week earlier. We still needed to collect our real tickets at any railway ticket counter. We collected ours at Beijing West Railway station (our hotel was just opposite the station).
We paid a few bucks to get to wait at an air conditioned waiting hall to avoid the crowd.
Inside our K89 Sleeper Train. Departure was at 2215hrs. It got really really cold at night.
The train wasn’t noisy, the beds were comfortable and we slept pretty well at night. It was just squeezy because the kids shared the bed with me!
We reached Hohhot Train Station at 0720hrs, after 9hrs
We stayed at Anda Guesthouse for the next 3 days. They had free train pickups from Hohhot Train Station.
Anda Guesthouse is a hostel-like accommodation. We were their first guest bringing kids along haha. The owners were very friendly. Accommodation was cheap at S$40 per night (albeit shared bathroom) and it got many good reviews from international travelers. They also provide private tours at reasonable price. We enjoyed interacting with the other guests. On our last evening after checking out we stayed at the common area and had a good 3 hour chat with the other international guests.
We spent our first day in the city.
The restaurant street was just opposite our guesthouse, so we decided to try some Mongolian food for lunch
Their tea has a very milky taste … a bit too strong for my liking
After lunch we took a cab to Inner Mongolian Museum
The museum has everything from dinosaurs and Genghis Khan to space-age rockets.
We bought some local food products
We went back to the restaurant street for dinner. This place is just opposite Anda Guesthouse.
This time we tried BBQ and satays. Yum! Loved all the stuffs that we ordered.
I loved their satays and the spices used