Hohhot, capital of Inner Mongolia autonomous region, has made great strides since the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949. It is now recognized as the political, economic, scientific, and cultural center of Inner Mongolia, as well as one of China's most well-known historic cities.
It is also known as a “national forest city” and a “model tourist city” due to its abundance of natural resources. In 1954, the city of Guisui had its name changed to Hohhot. In 1986, Hohhot was recognized as a historic city by the State Council.
In 2018, the city's regional GDP reached 290.35 billion yuan ($40.8 billion), 1,045 times higher than in 1949, and the per capita GDP exceeded 93,000 yuan, 239 times higher than in 1949.