The city was founded in 1734 as a Chinese garrison town, and currently has a population of around 200,000.
Hulunbuir Grasslands, said to be the best one in mainland China. There are some Eco-resorts scattered around plus you can see traditional Mongolian Gers and Ewenke 'tipis' where nomads live. In the summer time, there is a traditional Mongolian festival called Nadaam, which features horse riding, archery, traditional wrestling, costumes and music.
On the outskirts of town, past the Hailer Brewery are tunnels related to World War II. Built by the Japanese who were in control of Manchuria, there was a significant attack by the Soviet Union in 1945 which won the region back for the Allied Powers. The tunnel complex has been turned into a Museum to commemorate the victory and has preserved tanks and artillery on display from the battle. On the highway there, you will notice a large Buddhist stupa and monastery which is worth a stop at.
In the town centre, there is Genghis Khan Square, which is a lively scene in the evening, with older people doing ballroom dancing, whilst the youngsters are rollerblading and playing carnival games. You can also try you hand at go karts or a boat ride in the lush park here. Nearby, is the main crossroads which features a theatre on one corner and the City Hall opposite. Behind the city hall, is the civic museum which contains interesting exhibitions on the Stone Age history of the area as well as the ethnic relations and economic development. In between the Square and City Hall, there is a spacious modern mall with western fast food restaurants and also at nighttime, there is the Live House, a rowdy Mongolian bar where you can hear folk sounds of the grasslands.
in the New City 新区, there is a Olympic standard Stadium, with indoor arena and expo hall adjacent and a concert hall down the road. There is random events hosted here throughout the year. About 3km away from this cluster there is the Ewenke Museum, which has displays focusing on one of the regions ethnic tribes 鄂温克民族。
In winter, the regional temperature can drop to -40c. Skiing and ice fishing are popular in the area as well as Hailaer hosting a Winter Nadaam and car ice rally.
Try local food: lamb, bef by the bones, 1kg minimum. Restaurant name: Qi Jian Fang 七间房 ： 28RMB/500g
Home to the great Hailaer Beer.
Dong Fan Business Hotel (东方商务宾馆） Add: 24, East two St Hailar district, Hulun Buir City (Chinese: 呼伦贝尔市海拉尔区东二道街24号 Clean, large room with computer : 120 RMB