Mausoleum of Genghis Khan in Ordos

Why is Mausoleum of Genghis Khan So Special?

Mausoleum of Genghis Khan is a national heritage site located in the Gandeli Grassland in Ordos City, Inner Mongolia. And because secret funeral is popular among Mongolian group, it is hard to find out the real tomb of Genghis Khan. And the present one is just a tourism site for visitors to get close touch with the famous historic figure Genghis Khan.

Brief Introduction of Mausoleum of Genghis Khan

Situated about 15 kilometers southeast of Xilian Town, Yijinhuoluo County, Ordos Prefecture, the Tomb of Genghis Khan is on the Gandeer Prairie. The scenic spot was opened to the public in the year 1954, and it is now one of the important historical relics in China under state-level protection. Genghis Khan spent almost all his life fighting and conquering other places on the back of horse. He managed to expand the Mongolian Empire to the vast middle and western parts of Asia. Just like his great achievements, the tomb was constructed on a large scale and the architecture looks splendid and stunning. As a result, visitors are always amazed by its magnificence and glamour.

Genghis Khan

Genghis Khan is a Mongolian hero. He reunified the chaotic Inner Mongolia prairie and led his people to be a great civilization and made great contributions to the founding of the powerful Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) and the unification of China which enhanced greatly the interactions of the peoples of China. Due to this great feat, he was named ‘Genghis Khan’ by Mongolian tribes, meaning ‘powerful king’ in Mongolian. Today, Genghis Khan is still worshipped and remembered by his people.

Main Attractions of Mausoleum of Genghis Khan

The main structures of the Genghis Khan’s Mausoleum are three grand halls, which are shaped like Mongolian yurts, and the corridors which link the three halls. In the middle is the Main Hall, which is also the Memorial Hall. In the center of this stands a white marble statue of Genghis Khan with a height of over 4 meters (around 13 feet). Behind the statue is the map of the vast territory of the Yuan Dynasty. On either side of the Main Hall are the East Hall and the West Hall. In the East Hall, coffins of one of Genghis Khan’s wives and his fourth son are laid. In the West Hall, Genghis Khan’s arms are exhibited. Along the corridors frescos depict the life of Genghis Khan and the great deeds of his grandson-Kubla Khan, who was as great as his grandfather.

In the hall behind the Main Hall there are four biers covered with bright yellow satin. They are said to be the coffins of Genghis Khan and his three wives. There are also two coffins of his brothers.

In addition, visitors can taste delicious Mongolian barbecue, and enjoy a Mongolian-style dance and horse performance. You can even take part in the dance, horse riding, arrow shooting, and wrestling. All these activities enhance the visitors’ travel experience.

How to Get to Mausoleum of Genghis Khan

Travel with China Dragon Tours (top recommended)

If you want to get rid of hustle of transportation and troublesome navigation, you can book a private tour package which covers visiting, dining and transfer from us. Our local tour guide and driver will escort you to Mausoleum of Genghis Khan with speed and convenience, and take care of all the details. You just need to focus on travel.

Independent Travel

1. Take bus from Baotou Long Distance Bus Station located on the northern square of the railway station to Dongsheng, and then change bus to the mausoleum.
2. Take bus (Baotou – Yulin) from Long Distance Bus Station and ask the driver to stop at the mausoleum.

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Travel Tips


By bus: Mausoleum scenic area is located about 800 km away from Beijing and 700km away from Xian. And Baotou – Maoming high express sets a special exit which is directly to the Genghis Khan’s Mausoleum. People can take the bus from Baotou or Hohhot to Ordos City.
By train: Train No. 1116 between Beijing and Ordos City can be your choice to the scenic area. Another train from Hohhot to Baotou to Shenmu also provides you a multi-choice to get there.
By air: daily flights between Beijing and Ordos City, Ordos–Xian-Shenzhen, and Ordos-Shanghai also meet your requirement for traveling to Genghis Khan’s Mausoleum.

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Edited by Bella Ren/任新月