Hohhot is the capital of Inner Mongolia and the political, economic, scientific and cultural center of the region and is recognized as one of China's better-known historical cities. The name Hohhot is Mongolian for "green city". It is known as a national forest city, a model tourist city, one of the global Top 20 for economic growth, China's Top 100 for economic strength, and China's Top 50 for investment and finance. It also has an abundance of dairy products.
The cities of Baotou and Erdos lie to the west and Ulanqab to the east as well as Shanxi province to the south. It is a key point for China's western development strategy while, at the same time, providing a hub for the north, northwest, and the rest of the mainland. It also connects China with Mongolia, Russia and even Eastern Europe.
The city has a continental monsoon climate and distinct four seasons with long, cold winters, short, hot summers, and violent weather changes in spring and autumn. Its coldest temperature can be -12.7℃, and the hottest, 22.9℃.
The city covers an area of 17,200 square kilometers, with a 2,065-sq-km urban area. The administrative area includes four districts -- Xincheng, Huimin, Yuquan and Saihan -- and four adjoining counties -- Togtoh, Horinger, Qingshuihe, and Wuchuan -- and a banner called Tumd Left Banner. It is home to 3.14 million people.
Hohhot maintained steady growth in 2020, with major economic indicators showing relatively good performance despite the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The regional GDP of the city for the year was 280.07 billion yuan ($43.27 billion), a year-on-year increase of 0.2 percent.
Between January and December 2020, the city's general public budget revenue was 21.71 billion yuan, a-year-on-year increase of 6.9 percent. The growth rate was 7.7 percentage points higher than that of the year before.
Among the cities and leagues of the autonomous region, Hohhot ranked second, the same as the year before. Its growth rate ranked sixth, which was five places higher than the year before.
During the 12-month period, the added value of industrial enterprises above a designated size increased by 4.6 percent year-on-year. This is 3.9 percentage points higher than the growth rate of the wider autonomous region.
The main factor behind Hohhot's industry maintaining such rapid growth lies in the diversification of its manufacturing industry. The green food processing industry and strategic emerging industries, with the dairy industry as the core, have achieved rapid growth and have become the main driving force for industrial growth in the city.
The added value of the food manufacturing industry increased by 10.5 percent year-on-year. Of this, the dairy product manufacturing industry increased by 10.6 percent year-on-year, and strategic emerging industries increased by 10.8 percent year-on-year.