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Hulunbuir grasslands, Inner Mongolia, China

The high steppes of the Hulunbuir grasslands span across Inner Mongolia, in northeastern China, forming one of the largest and best-preserved grasslands in the world. For millennia, these pristine pastures have been home to a population of nomadic herders who raise sheep, cattle (including yaks), camels, and goats, but mainly horses—lots of horses. It’s said to be the birthplace of Genghis Khan, and it’s easy to imagine the sound of thundering hooves as he and his warriors stormed across the region centuries ago. Visitors today will almost certainly come across riders on horseback, but they might also spot a grazing gazelle, smoke rising from a yurt, or a splash of wildflowers among the grass.

Hulunbuir Hulunbuir or Hūlúnbèi’ěr is a region that is governed as a prefecture-level city in northeastern Inner Mongolia, in China. Its administrative center is located at Hailar District, its largest urban area. Major scenic features are the high steppes of the Hulun Buir grasslands, the Hulun and Buir lakes, and the Khingan range. Hulun Buir borders Russia to the north and west, Mongolia to the south and west, Heilongjiang province to the east and Hinggan League to the direct south. Hulunbuir is a linguistically diverse area: next to Mandarin Chinese, Mongolian dialects such as Khorchin and Buryat, the Mongolic language Dagur and some Tungusic languages are spoken there.
Area: 101,913 sq miles (263,953 km²)

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Hulunbuir (red) in Inner Mongolia (orange)