Ordos is the poster child of modern Chinese city planning. Monumental architectures line the center axis flanked by identical apartment blocks built by the dozens. Outside of China, Ordos is known as a "Ghost City". Whether Ordos is the way of the future or a very expansive make-work project is a question only answerable by those to come in person.
Since the name "Ordos" can refer to both the new city and the prefecture whose centre is actually the old city, Dongsheng, things can get really confusing. Ordos (the new city) is also referred to as Kangbashi New Area (康巴什新区). Mentioning Kangbashi can remove a lot of the ambiguity when communicating with locals.
It is important to note that Ordos is the new city, whereas Dongsheng is the old city. The two cities are 30km apart, and the journey from one to the other takes 1 hour by bus. The train station is in Dongsheng while the airport is next to Ordos.
Ordos Ejin Horo Airport (鄂尔多斯机场) has connections with most major cities in China. Taking the airport shuttle into Ordos cost 25 Yuan and takes 1 hour
Dongsheng train station (东胜火车站) is a relatively minor station.
- Baotou - takes 2 hours.
- Yinchuan - takes 7 hours.
- Baotou - takes about 3 hours.
- Hohhot - takes about 5 hours.
- Yulin - takes about 6 hours.
All the major sights are along the parallel Wenhua West Road and Wenhua East Road. This strip is bound in the south by the Wulan Mulun River and terminates in the north at the Ordos People's government. The strip is 3km in length. All sights can be covered on foot in a single day.
- Mausoleum of Genghis Khan (成吉思汗陵; Chéngjísīhànlíng) (Located in the community of Ejan Horo Banner 55km south of Dongsheng). ¥25.
- Cashmere. This is the center of the cashmere business in China, so prices should be cheap.
- Tianjiao Hotel, 102 South Dalate Road, ☎ +86 477 8333888, fax: +86 477 8324348.