Xilinhot homestay

A great place to visit for anyone interested in experiencing some genuine Inner Mongolian culture on their trip through Inner Mongolia or China! The homestay is located in the Abag Banner just west of Xilinhot. It’s an arid region with a population density of less than two people per square kilometer! The density of Inner Mongolia as a whole is more than ten times higher! So it’s an area abundant in nature. Most people here support themselves through keeping animals. In the settlement of the homestay lives a group of five people. They are herders and keep horses, sheep and cows. There are permanent buildings as well as yurts, one of which you will get to stay in.

Two of our guests made a video of their visit which will show you what you could expect

The experience will be very different depending on what you want to get out of it. If you want to try horseback riding, go for walks or just relax, it is entirely up to you. Also, there are possibilities to visit mongol festivals and celebrations, but for this you have to contact well in advance and check for availability.

 

You can reach the homestay either by car or taxi. Regrettably there are no busses. Taxi is about 350-400 yuan one way. You can call and ask for help finding the way.

  • Cost per adult per day is 300 yuan. For a 50 yuan discount per person and day, read here.
  • This includes three meals per day and accommodation.
  • Small children may join for free.
  • Children age 7-14 may join for 150 yuan/day.
  • An additional 50 yuan each needs to be added for horseback riding and special barbeques.

Contact us with any questions and comments. You can use Whatsapp +8615334792931, WeChat grm5943 or the contact form.

If you need to book accommodation in Xilinhot or any other city, you can use this link for a 15 euro discount.

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East Ujimqin Banner homestay

The homestay in East Ujimqin is located in one of the most Mongol areas of Inner Mongolia. While Inner Mongolia itself is less than a fifth Mongol, East Ujimqin is more than 70% – making it one of the most Mongol parts of Inner Mongolia.

It’s located straight at the border to Mongolia and is well known for its beautiful grasslands. The host family here, as most of those who have not moved to the cities, live a semi-nomadic life. During parts of spring and summer they are out herding the animals through the grasslands, but for the colder parts of the year they are stationary.

You will stay in a yurt, which is set up for most of the year. There is no electric grid, so you need to rely on a small wind power plant and a diesel generator for electricity. It is possible to charge the phone, laptop etc.

The yurts are made out of wool fleece and are rain and wind proof. They have one electric lamp each connected to the electricity stations. This will make it possible to for example read, play chess with the father of the family (hard to beat!) or just sit and socialise.

Parts of the family inside a yurt next to the stove. The chess playing dad in the foreground.

A few minutes walk from the homestay lies a lake. It’s a beautiful spot, often with some migratory birds stopping by. There is cattle and other animals there too. With some luck you can see foxes, weasels or hares. There are plenty of weird plants and insects too for those who are interested in such things.

Horse and cattle by the lake in autumn

One of the main activities is to go horseback riding. As the horses are semi-wild, this is not as easy as you might imagine! First your hosts will herd the horses together using mopeds (you can sit on the back – it’s great fun!), then get them into an enclosure and snare one of them. When caught, the horse will calm down and behave as any other horse. They don’t want to get caught, but when they do they stop resisting. Here’s a shaky video of the herding of the horses:

Prices are 300 yuan per night and adult. Small children go for free and youth for half price. Included in the price are meals and a bed in the yurt. Horseback riding costs an additional 50 yuan per person and a Mongol barbeque also costs an additional 50 yuan per person.

A few things to take into consideration before booking:

  • The food is not suitable for vegetarians. Most meals will consist of meat and dairy products with some bread on the side.
  • There is no wifi and no internet connection on the telephones. It is possible to make phone calls from a small hill close to the homestay.
  • If you have any special requests, for example to attend to a festival or try the nomadic existence out, you need to contact us in advance to make sure it is possible.
  • The English language skills of the host family is limited!

It is possible to reach Ujimqin by direct busses from several places, including Beijing and Xilinhot. Ujimqin is a night bus ride away from Beijing. From Ujimqin you will need to travel the last stretch by a taxi for 150 RMB.

Contact us at Whatsapp +8615334792931, WeChat grm5943 or through the contact form.

If you need to book accommodation in for example Beijing or Hohhot you can use this link for a 15 euro bonus.

About anthropolodgy

Anthropolodgy is meant to be an improvement of a previous project, ”Yurtstay”, which I started to market homestays in Inner Mongolia, China. ”Yurtstay”, as you can guess, is preoccupied with yurts. The meaning behind ”Anthropolodgy” is somewhat harder to guess: it’s a mix of the two words ”Anthropology” and ”lodge”. Basically the idea is to provide you and other travellers with a platform and a chance to experience unique and interesting cultures from within, staying with host families and in locations that I have handpicked myself on my travels.

The idea is not to transform these places into crowded guesthouses, but to provide travellers with a unique set of homestays and cultural experiences and give locals a decent side income. Myself, I want only something fun and interesting to spend a bit of my time on.

Perhaps later I will be able to earn some money from it too, but if I do it will not be through commissions for sending tourists or from clogging the site with adds, but through more funny things, such as affiliate linking. For example, if you book accommodation using this link  both of us will get a 15 euro bonus from booking.com. So you can rest assured that 100% of the money you spend stays with the locals. If there is anything that I would want from you directly it’s to hear about your thoughts about this project and to see your photos and videos. For example there was a Norwegian couple staying in the second more recent homestay and they made a short film out of it.

It’s great for us to see what people think and it’s a great way for others too to get an idea about if they would like it or not. So if you post some photos, make a blogpost or write a review about the trip later, it would be great if you could share it with us through the contact form!

I guess that’s all for now. If there are any questions just send me a message.