Hohhot in May
Capital of the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, Hohhot, which means “green city” in Mongolian, is a renowned tourist destination in northern China. As a city featuring distinct ethnic flavor and abundant scenic spots, Hohhot is sated with picturesque landscapes and colorful ethnic culture including charming Mongolian dances and songs, making it a fascinating city.
Hohhot is home to a wide variety of monasteries. In the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties, the city became a well-known monastic hub for religious people from far and wide. Today, many well-preserved ancient monasteries can still be found in the city. Also, Hohhot boasts beautiful natural scenery, including nearby Huitengxile and Gegentala grasslands. For busy city folk, vast and wild grasslands are alluring relaxation spots. Generally speaking, April to October is the best time to visit Hohhot. As for the grasslands, although they’re not at the peak of their beauty in May, they’re still worth visiting then because the scenery creates a special flavor during the off-season.
Those visiting Hohhot should make sure to try local delicacies. Along with dairy products, mutton is especially notable, available as hand-served lamb and roasted whole lamb. Locals claim that once you taste it, the freshness and quality of the lamb will forever be engraved in memory.
Loire Valley Movie
The 2011 Loire Valley Wines Tasting Party was recently held at Orange cinemas, Pacific Century Place in Beijing. The wine tasting complemented the premier of a movie about Loire Valley in France.
Shot last June, the movie was jointly produced by Beijing TV, Shanghai Art and People Channel, and Loire Valley Wines Association, to introduce the valley’s time-honored wine history and charming vineyards.
China announced on April 11 that measure would be taken to develop tourism into a strategic pillar industry of the nation’s economy during the 12th Five-Year Plan period from 2011 until 2015.