With its wide avenues, Baotou has a feel of grandeur not found in other Chinese cities. Although it has an urban population of 1.7 million and is quickly developing, it still manages to have a small town charm about it.
Baotou is the home of Xiaofeiyang (Little Sheep) which is a chain of hot pot restaurants which has branches all over China and as far away as USA, Canada and Europe. There are many different local cuisines with hot pot and local BBQ among the best!
With desert, mountain range and grassland areas being close by there are many interesting things to do from camel rides in the desert, skiing in the mountains in winter and experiencing the traditions of the Mongolian culture in the grasslands.
Living in Baotou will give you the chance to experience the best of all that teaching English in China has to offer thanks to its central location.
- Population: 2.8 million (2.3 million in urban area)
- Public Transportation: 2 train stations, 1 airport, lots of bus routes & taxis
- Language: Mandarin, Mongolian, Jin local dialect
- Climate: Semi-arid; long hot summers and cold dry winters, both seasons are prolonged with very short spring and fall seasons.
- Founded: EF Baotou opened in 2009
What Makes Baotou Unique?
- Baotou is located north of the Kubuqi desert and south of the Yinshan mountain. Add in the surrounding grasslands and it makes the region one of China’s most unique landscapes
- Saihantala grassland park is the only grassland area in China that is inside an urban area
- Kundulun Resevoir is a beautiful scenic area which has lots of things to do from speed boat rides to go karting
- Locals say you’re never more than a 10 minute walk away from a park
- Baotou is known as a city where people will normally take 2 hour lunches. If you like to move at a slower pace it is a great city to relax and enjoy life