Stunning winter scenery lures tourists to Hexigten
Cattle roam through snow-covered tussocks in Hexigten Banner in Inner Mongolia autonomous region. [Photo/nmgnews.com.cn]
The winter scenery of Inner Mongolia autonomous region’s Hexigten Banner provided a beautiful vista over the past few days, thanks to heavy snowfall and frosty weather.
Hexigten Banner, located in northwestern Chifeng city, has a population of over 250,000 and covers an area of 20,673 square kilometers. The banner has a national-level geopark called Hexigten Global Geopark, which features nearly 10 types of geological landforms, including potholes, granite, volcanic rocks, valleys and crater lakes.
In addition to the geological formations, the place is blessed with rolling grasslands, primeval forests, cliff paintings, border walls dating from the Jin Dynasty (1115-1234) and battleground relics of Ulan Butung (Wulanbutong).