prefecture-level city in Inner Mongolia, China

Baotou[dead link] (Chinese: 包头 Bāotóu, Mongolian: ᠪᠤᠭᠤᠲᠤᠬᠣᠲᠠ Buɣutu qota) is a city on the Yellow River (Huáng Hé) in Inner Mongolia. The metropolitan area has a population of over two million.



The largest city in Inner Mongolia, Baotou used to be an arid region inhabited by Mongolian herders and their sheep. The town that has since grown up has four main parts

  • Donghe — the old part of town and lies to the east
  • Qingshan — part of the new city
  • Jiuyuan
  • Kunqu (Kandulun) — major part of the new city and is the main shopping and entertainment area with all the western restaurants near Baobaidalou (a large walking street and shopping area)

The new city is bisected by Gangtie St, a large road that goes from the east in Qingshan to the west in Kunqu.

Get in


By plane

  • 1 Baotou Donghe Airport (Baotou Erliban Airport, Baotou Hailanbu Airport, 包头东河机场, 包头二里半机场, 包头海兰泡机场, BAV  IATA) (Despite being across the tracks from the east railway station, it's a 4km walk. Airport "buses" (white vans) will take you anywhere in Baotou for ¥22, but if you're going to Donghe a taxi will be cheaper. This airport is planned to be the terminus of a metro line that will reach the east railway station in two stops before turning west to reach the rest of the urban area.), +86-0472-4616100. Has flights from major Chinese cities, including Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Wuhan, Xi'an, and Yulin, as well as Ulaan Bataar and a few other international destinations.    

By train


There are two main train stations. There is high-speed rail but only inside Inner Mongolia (1hr to Hohhot). A night train to Beijing takes about 12 hours and ¥110-150 (seat) or ¥300-450 (soft sleeper).

  • 2 Baotou East station (包头东站). Main station for Donghe.    
  • 3 Baotou Station (包头站). Main station for the western part of town.    

By bus

  • 4 Baotou Long Distance Bus Station (包头长途客运总站). Destinations include Beijing (about 10 hours), Dongsheng (about 3 hours), and Hohhot (about 3 hours)

Get around

  • 1 Baotou Museum (包头博物馆), 25 A'erding Street, Hondlon District (昆都仑区阿尔丁大街25号) (bus nos. 1, 22, 42, 43, 52, C2), +86 472 5317616. 09:30-16:30 (winter), 09:00-17:00 (summer), no entry in last 30 minutes. Free.
  • 2 Baotou Rare Earths Museum (包头稀土博物馆), Baotou Research Institute of Rare Earths, 36 Huanghe Avenue, Jiuyuan District (九原区黄河大街36号包头稀土研究院) (take bus no. 43). China's first and only rare earths museum.
  • Northern Weapon City (兵器公园). An outdoor park with a collection of mainly artillery pieces manufactured by hometown arms maker Northern Heavy Industries Group. ¥8.

Outer districts

  • 3 Wudangzhao Lamasery (五当召; Wǔ​dāng​zhào​) (50 km northeast of Baotou, buses from the East Bus Station will take you there in two hours, or it's a 75 minute drive. You may also find minibuses in front of the east railway station around 08:00, or you can take bus 7 to Shiguai (石拐), then take a minibus or taxi the rest of the way for ¥30.). 08:00-18:00. Largest and best preserved Tibetan Buddhist lamasery in Inner Mongolia. ¥60.
  • Guyang County Section of the Great Wall (50 km northeast of Baotou in Guyang County (固阳县; Gù​yáng​xiàn​)).
  • Shiguai District Section of the Great Wall (30 km east of Baotou in Shiguai District (石拐区; Shí​guǎi​qū​)).
  • 4 Nanhai National Wetland Park (南海湿地景区, 包头黄河国家湿地公园). 08:00-21:00. A protected wetland, scenic area, amusement park, and final approach route for the airport. ¥20, no ticket sales after 18:30.

Try Mongolian hot pot with mutton, especially in the winter. Any mutton dish is worth trying as they raise sheep up in the mountains.

  • Little Sheep Restaurant (小肥羊大厦; Xiǎo​féi​yáng​ Dà​shà​), 9 Wulandao, Kun District (昆区乌兰道9号; Kūnqū​​ Wū​lán​dào​) (near Baotou Hotel), +86 472 5137998, fax: +86 472 5115998. This is the flagship restaurant of this world wide hot pot chain.






  • Baotou Golden Snail Hotel (包头金蜗牛酒店; Bāo​tóu​ Jīnwō​niú​ Jiǔ​diàn​​), D1 Pedestrian St, Jiuyuan District (九原区步行街D1; Jiǔyuánqū Bù​xíng​jiē​). Small rooms with free internet. No breakfast available. Listed rates for doubles from ¥159, discounted from ¥95.
  • Hengwei Holiday (Qingshan Branch) (包头恒为假日酒店 (青山分店); Bāo​tóu​ Héngwéi​jià​rì​ Jiǔ​diàn (Qīng​shān​ Fēndiàn​)​​), 8 Gangtie Ave, Qingshan District (青山区钢铁大街8号; Qīng​shān​qū Gāng​tiě​dà​jiē​​), +86 472 2885588. Rooms with free internet. Restaurant and cafe available. Listed rates for doubles from ¥168, discounted from ¥113, including breakfast.


  • Qingshan Hotel Baotou, 1 Yingbin Rd, Qingshan District, +86 472 3331199, fax: +86 472 5156001.
  • Tianwaitian Hotel Baotou, 50 Hudemulin Avenue, Qingshan District, +86 472 3137766, fax: +86 472 3131771.


  • Shangri-La Hotel Baotou (包头香格里拉大酒店; Bāo​tóu​ Xiāng​gé​lǐ​lā​ Dà​jiǔ​diàn​), 66 Minzu East Rd, Qingshan District (青山区民族东路66号; Qīng​shān​qū Mín​zú​dōng​lù​​), +86 472 5998888, fax: +86 472 5998999, . Large rooms with free internet, satellite tv, minibar, coffee equipment, safe, bathrobes and hair dryer. Business center, currency exchange, ticket office, night club and indoor swimming pool available. Chinese and Western restaurants as well as room service. Listed rates ¥1,688-2,286, breakfast ¥101 but included for more expensive rooms.

Go next

  • Desert resorts and whistling sand dunes are about 50 km south of the city in Dalad Banner, part of Ordos City
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