Owing to its northern location, Baotou’s cuisine is primarily formed of beef, mutton and noodles. It is known for its strong flavours and warming qualities, almost like Chinese comfort food.
Genghis Kahm Teppanyaki: A kind of barbecue dish, this is formed of grilled sliced mutton, beef, pork, chicken, fish and shrimp served with a local sauce. The dish’s name originated from the fact that Genghis Kahn supposedly enjoyed eating meat this way, and he brought it to Central Asia and south Russia where it’s enjoyed today and known as Teppanyaki.
Dexingyuan Shaomai: This type of steamed dumpling has been a popular snack of the region for many years. Its thin skin is made from high quality wheat flour, which is stuffed with fresh mutton. Shaomai is usually served as dim sum and is today known and consumed around the world.
Mongolian Hot Pot: Originating from the Yuan Dynasty, this is a typical Mongolian dish that consists of thinly sliced meat that’s boiled in flavoured hot pot water. The cooked meat is traditionally eaten with a flavoured paste made of pickled tofu, sesame sauce, shallot and various other ingredients, as well as vegetables and noodles.
Baotou isn’t known for its up and coming entertainment scene, and western-style nightlife is hard to come by. The city has held on to its tradition, meaning it’s easy to experience authentic cultural traditions and customs. Music and dance are very important parts of the local culture, and this is displayed through various traditional fairs such as the Nadam Fair. Such events include entertainment, competitions, and performances such as wrestling, archery and horse racing. Baotou Amusement Park is popular among the locals, who prefer to entertain themselves and socialise outdoors. You’ll find over 130 squares, like Aerding Square, where people partake in various activities. Despite being very tradition, it’s still possible to find a small bar street, teahouses, cafes and fitness centres.