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In northern China, the city of Hohu Khoto, the capital of the Autonomous Region of Inner Mongolia, is located in the northern part of China. It is the cultural and economic center of the region. The name of the city is translated as “The place where the wind does not whistle. In the old days, the settlement was called Huiuiui. It became the capital city of the Autonomous Area of Hohhot in 1954.

The city area is crisscrossed by many different lines of transportation. Many industries, including chemical, textile, food, and metallurgical, are working and producing here quite successfully. Machinery was developed. Until now, the traditional manufactures of local craftsmen have been preserved. There is a university whose students include people from all over China.

When representatives of the Ming dynasty occupied the territory of the present city, the Chinese settled in. They called the settlement Hui Hua. In the 16th century, Altan Khan built a city there and called it Huhui Khoto, which soon developed into a religious and commercial center. In addition, there was an active cultural development. By the late 18th century, four kilometers to the north of the existing city, a new one called Cui Yun was created. In the 1920s, a railroad line ran through the city, connecting it with other cities in China, in particular Beijing and Bao Tou. During the invasion of Chinese territory by the Japanese, a new state of Mingyun was established in the region, with Huixun as its capital.

In consequence of the new political reforms, Hui Huu Hôtien began to develop rapidly and soon became the capital city of the autonomous region. The main attraction of the city is the Temple of Dajaiji. It was around it that the city was founded. The temple building was laid in 1557 by the decree of Altan Khan. It was completed successfully in 1579.

The Five Pagodas Temple, dated 1732, contains at least 1,500 statues of Buddha of various sizes. The Great Mosque, built in 1639, is an equally important historic monument. The archaeological remains include the burial mound of Zhouojou, which is a dune covered with grass vegetation. The halls of the Museum of the Inner Mongolia contain numerous exhibits, among them artifacts of nomadic cultures.

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  • Air quality: 69 US AQI Moderate. Air quality is acceptable. However, there may be a risk for some people, particularly those who are unusually sensitive to air pollution.
  • Tap water: No, not drinkable
  • Religious government: Non-religious
  • Population: 2,900,000 people
  • GDP: $8,126 / year
  • Power outlets: 230V50Hz
  • Internet: 2 Mbps Internet in Hohhot is fast averaging 16 Mbps but the Great Firewall slows down speeds to foreign websites by 8x to 2 Mbps.
  • Best wireless: China Mobile
  • Pay without cash: No, cash only esp. for foreigners because WeChat is very hard to set up
  • Tipping: Tipping in China is generally uncommon and can even be considered rude or embarrassing in some circumstances. Seriously. Leaving money on a table in an authentic restaurant may confuse a staff member or cause them stress. … Even worse, gratuity is illegal in airports and some establishments.
  • Apartment listings: Ganji
  • Apartments: Airbnb
  • Hotels: Booking.com
  • More hotels: Hotels.com
  • Best taxi: Didi
  • Best short-haul air carrier: Hainan
  • Best intl air carrier: China Southern Airlines
  • Monthly costs for expat: $1000
  • Monthly costs for family: $2600
  • Monthly costs for local: $750
  • Meal: $3.5
  • Small Cola: $0.6
  • Beer 1 Pint: $3.5
  • Coffee: $6

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