Baotou (包头; Bāotóu) 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

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

Baotou Airport (IATA: BAV) has flights from Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Wuhan, Xi'an and Yulin.

By train

By bus

Buses to Baotou (Donghe) include



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





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