Xilinhot Airport is a public airport serving the city of Xilinhot in Inner Mongolia, China, located 9.5 kilometres southwest from the city centre. The airport is one of the minor regional airports in the country, which mainly handles flight connections to major cities and nearby areas. It is identified by the IATA as XIL, and by the ICAO as ZBXH. Xilinhot Airport has a single runway measuring 2,800 metres long and 45 metres wide, classed as 4C with an orientation of 04/22.
What to see & do
Alternately called as Xilinhaote, Xilinhot is a county-level city which serves as the seat of government for the Xilin Gol league in Inner Mongolia. It has a total land area of 14,785 square kilometres, and a population of 245,886 with 149,000 residing within the urban area. While the city is located within the jurisdiction of China, it is highly influenced by Mongolian culture. Streaks of Mongol tradition are very prominent in here with pictures, tapestries, and monumental statues of the great leader Genghis Khan in every home, shop, and street corner. It can also be seen in the festivals, and the city's historic centre which is a sight to behold.
Naadam Festival – The Naadam Festival, literally “games”, is a traditional festival usually held in Ulan Bataar, but is copied in Inner Mongolia's Xilinhot. The festival includes games such as Mongolian Wrestling, horse racing, and archery, which is held during the midsummer.
Beizi Temple complex – The Beizi Temple complex is one of the main attractions in the city. It is located in Beizimiao Street in Xilinhot, and is known as one of the oldest establishments in the city. While it is not as intricate as the ones found in Beijing (this one being relatively small), the temple is still a living part of the history of the city and the country.
Xilinguole National Natural Reserve – Established in 1985, the Xilinguole National Natural Reserve in Inner Mongolia is China's first grassland national reserve. It covers a total area of 10,786 square kilometres, which joined the UNESCO Man and Biosphere Reserve Programme in 1987. It is a serene patch in the rather urbane Xilinhot, and is worth the visit.
Nine Bendings River – The Nine Bendings River is a historic and picturesque river in Inner Mongolia's Xilinhot. It is located southeast of the city; a life-giving river known as the bathing site of Genghis Khan during the old times.
How to get around within Xilinhot
Apart from the air services, the city is also connected by train with Baotou, with daily trips available and possible through the K7917 train. The city also has a bus network, with various lines running around the city, along with taxi services. It is also connected to the National Highway 207.
How to get there
Xilinhot Airport is served by various airlines, including Air China, Beijing Capital Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, China United Airlines, China Express Airlines, and Tianjin Airlines. Destinations include Beijing, Hohhot, Xi'an, Guangzhou, Chifeng, Erenhot, and Shenyang.
The best way to get to Xilinhot is through Beijing or Guangzhou. Through Beijing, travellers may either board Air China through the Beijing-Capital Airport, or through China United Airlines in the Beijing-Nanyuan Airport. They may also board in the Baiyun International Airport and fly via China Southern Airlines. All flights land on Xilinhot Airport.
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