A winter Nadam as well as a fire sacrifice festival kicked off on Tuesday in Old Barag Banner (county) of Hulunbuir, a city of North China's Inner Mongolia autonomous region.
Despite of the severe cold in winter, the 20-kilometer-section of the Halha River in Arxan is never frozen due to geothermal sources nearby.
The Badian Jaran Desert, the second largest desert in China, has an area of 47,000 square km and is sparsely populated.
Horses eat grass on a pasture in Ergun, North China's Inner Mongolia autonomous region, Sept 20, 2015.
Winter sports are becoming more and more popular in China because of China's bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics.
A look of Inner Mongolia autonomous region.
Due to a sudden temperature plunge, rime appears in several places around the area, especially on the trees along the highway.
Arxan means "hot holy water" in the Mongolian language, and is located at the southwest part of the Greater Khingan Range, the country's largest virgin forest.