Mid July every year
All the places in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region
In the Mongolian language, “Nadam” means “recreation” or “game.” As a mass assembly, the Nadam Fair originated from the activity of offering sacrifices to Aobao (stone or earth laid out as a road marker or boundary sign by Mongolians, formerly also worshipped as habitation of spirits), and later developed into a grand recreation and trade fair once a year. Now the Nadam Fair is held at the banner and sumu levels at the summer-autumn interregnum, lasting about I0 days.
During the Nadam Fair, various kinds of activities are held, such as horserace, wrestling and arrow shooting competitions, Zhama Banquet (a palace banquet of the Yuan Dynasty, at which a whole cattle or sheep is served), the Ordos wedding ceremony, the sacrificial ceremony in front of the Mausoleum of Genghis Khan, the hot spring forest, a tour of the Mongolian customs, economic, trade and materials exchanges, and so on.
Attractions: Tomb of Wang Zhaojun, Five-pagoda Temple, Dazhao Lamasery, Xilitucho, Xilamuren Grassland or Gegentala Grassland.
Tourists can go to Hohhot by air or train and then take a bus to a special Nadam Fair.