Hohhot, in Inner Mongolia, is a city that some 750,000 people call home.
From here it's roughly 250 miles (402 kilometers) to the east to Beijing and 310 miles (499 kilometers) to the east to Tianjin.
Prepare for a few surprises in Hohhot by stepping though the doors of the Inner Mongolia Museum. Take a self-guided tour, view the exhibits, then ask for tips from the locals to discover some of the more niche museums in the area.
A place of worship, one of the most popular of the many historic sites in the city, is the Temple of the Five Pagodas. Walk around this fascinating place, learn about its past and realize why it is so popular with visitors and locals.
Xinhua Square is one of the most popular public places in Hohhot. Find a good vantage spot and spend a while people watching before heading off to explore the surrounding sights.
Find a little peace in Qingcheng Park, a place where families can spend time outdoors. Enjoy the local flora and fauna, read a book, or just soak up the sunshine. This park is the perfect place to unwind.
Before your time is up in Hohhot, be sure to visit the Zhaojun Tomb the Xilituzhao and the Dazhao; three more places which help make this region such a rewarding holiday destination.