In an itinerary that feels like a movie adventure, students will journey to the grasslands and sand dunes of inner Mongolia for a taste of a different China. Here’s our service school trip in Inner Mongolia at a glance:
- Day 1: Dazhao Temple, artisan street, welcome ceremony
- Day 2: grasslands walking tour, pony carriage tour, oboo, kite flying, campfire
- Day 3: Ordos ghost town, desert, sand sledging, ATV rides, camel rides, zip lines, desertification workshop
- Day 4: Genghis Khan Memorial, Mongolian show
- Day 5: Yili milk products factory, Inner Mongolia Museum, Hohhot Islamic district, Grand Mosque
Like what you see? Discover the exciting opportunities for creativity, activity and service in our detailed itinerary below! But remember, all our school trips are completely customisable.
*Prices based on groups of 20 students and 2 free teachers.
✓ All accommodation costs
✓ Full board meals for the entire trip
✓ All transportation costs, including airport pick-up and drop-off
✓ All activities listed in the itinerary
✓ 1 free teacher per 10 paying students
✓ 24-hour emergency contact support during the trip
✓ Detailed pre-departure summary & briefing
✓ Full financial failure protection
✓ Public liability insurance
✓ Our trips are fully risk-assessed
Day 1: Hello, Hohhot!
Arrive and transfer into the Inner Mongolia’s capital, Hohhot. First off, visit the Dazhao Temple, the oldest building and largest temple in the city. After the Silver Buddha statue was dedicated to the temple by the third Tibetan Dalai Lama in 1586, Hohhot became a religious centre for people all over Mongolia. The design of the temple is unique as it blends traditionally Mongolian elements with Buddhist symbolism. (Ask our specialists about our Dazhao Temple worksheet).
Spend time at the local artisan street in the area and enjoy browsing the handicrafts, tchotchkes, skins and furs that are traditionally sold in this area of the city. Next, we drive over the mountains that demarcate the beginning of the grasslands.
Finish your first day with an authentic Mongolian feast and some traditional welcoming ceremonies.
Day 2: Life on the Grassy Steppes
Breakfast the local way with milk tea and a simple meal of traditional porridge and vegetables. But don’t worry – cereal’s available too! Now you’re ready for the day, take a short walking tour of the surrounding grasslands. You’ll learn how to differentiate between different grasses and plants on the grasslands. After stopping for some photos, take a short pony or pony carriage tour (dependent on season) to a local oboo. It’s a Mongolian holy place and gathering spot.
Fly kites under the blue skies on the open grasslands.
Huddle around the campfire and tell stories together.
Day 3: In the Desert
28% of China is covered in desert and today’s the chance to experience it. On the way, pass the ghost town of Ordos. You can even walk around for photos in the ghost town, as well as learn about housing bubbles and the economic situation that led to it.
Enter the desert site. After a safety briefing, choose between a whole host of exhilarating activities, from sand sledging to ATV rides, camel rides to zip lines.
Optional: Participate in a workshop about desertification in China and the steps being taken to reclaim arid land.
Day 4: The Great Khan
Travel back in time as you visit the Genghis Khan memorial – the real tomb of Genghis Khan himself is yet to be discovered. Here, you’ll uncover original shrines, weapons, jewellery and clothing from the reign of Genghis Khan. Take a look at the actual bow and saddle of the conqueror and discuss how his political legacy – and thousands of descendants – directly influenced the development of China. Discuss how the Yuan dynasty contributed to China’s current religious and trade landscapes.
Transfer back to Hohhot and recap all the history you learned this morning on the way.
Feast on a hearty dinner and watch an evening show that showcases elements of Mongolian culture.
Day 5: Milk and Migration
Start with a visit to the Yili milk products factory, one of Inner Mongolia’s largest industries. Discover how milk is processed, packaged and distributed to the nation. Head for the Inner Mongolia Museum, which is home to fascinating cultural artefacts and a significant dinosaur exhibition. Inner Mongolia’s has been the excavation site for many fossil zones and nests!
Stop by the Islamic district in Hohhot, inhabited by Hui Muslims who migrated to this region during the Qing Dynasty. Admire the Turkic and Central Asian architecture in and around the Grand Mosque. Then, it’s home time – transfer to the airport and reflect on your magical week.
Action: Push yourself physically and learn new skills.
Cultural Diversity: Immerse yourself in Mongolian culture, including its religion, history and daily life.
Service & Sustainability: Learn about how environmental change and consumption affects real people’s livelihoods.
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