Hohhot is the capital of Inner Mongolia and the political, economic, scientific and cultural center of the region and is recognized as one of China's better-known historical cities. The name Hohhot is Mongolian for "green city". It is known as a national forest city, a model tourist city, one of the global Top 20 for economic growth, China's Top 100 for economic strength, and China's Top 50 for investment and finance. It also has an abundance of dairy products. 


The cities of Baotou and Erdos lie to the west and Ulanqab to the east as well as Shanxi province to the south. It is a key point for China's western development strategy while, at the same time, providing a hub for the north, northwest, and the rest of the mainland. It also connects China with Mongolia, Russia and even Eastern Europe.


The city has a continental monsoon climate and distinct four seasons with long, cold winters, short, hot summers, and violent weather changes in spring and autumn. Its coldest temperature can be -12.7℃, and the hottest, 22.9℃. 

Administrative divisions

The city covers an area of 17,200 square kilometers, with a 2,065-sq-km urban area. The administrative area includes four districts, Xincheng, Huimin, Yuquan and Saihan, and four adjoining counties, Togtoh, Horinger, Qingshuihe, and Wuchuan -- and a banner called Tumd Left Banner, a national economic and technological development zone and a national high-tech development zone. It is home to nearly 3 million people.


Economic data 

The city of Hohhot got top marks in economic and social achievements in 2021, according to the city's statistics bureau. 

In 2021, the gross domestic product or GDP of Inner Mongolia's capital hit 312.14 billion yuan ($49 billion), a year-on-year increase of 6.5 percent, ranking Hohhot third in the autonomous region.

Last year, the added value of the primary industry was 13.71 billion yuan, a year-on-year increase of 3.8 percent. The added value of the secondary industry was 105.26 billion yuan, up 7.9 percent, while the added value of the tertiary industry came in at 193.17 billion yuan, a gain of 6 percent.

During the period, the added value of small and micro-sized enterprises in industries above a designated size in the city – those with annual revenue of 20 million yuan or more – increased by 3 percent year-on-year.

In addition, there were 59,944 new business entities – ranging from sole traders to large companies – a year-on-year increase of 18.7 percent and ranking Hohhot second in the autonomous region in terms of the total number of market players and the growth rate.

Moreover, the pace of stable investment is said to have accelerated, with the industrial supply chain continuing to be extended in the city.

In 2021, fixed asset investment increased by 12.3 percent year-on-year and investment in high-tech manufacturing accounted for 5.8 percent of the total amount.

The operating income and total profit of industrial enterprises above a designated size in the city also recorded healthy growth.

At the end of November, the operating income of industrial enterprises above a designated size increased by 26.6 percentage points year-on-year, while the total profit of industrial enterprises above a designated size increased by 20.1 percent.

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