Ejin Horo Banner
伊金霍洛旗 • ᠡᠵᠢᠨᠬᠣᠷᠣᠭᠠᠬᠣᠰᠢᠭᠤ
|Country||People's Republic of China|
|Prefecture-level city||Ordos City|
|Banner seat||Altan Xire (阿勒腾席热镇)|
|• Total||5,958 km2 (2,300 sq mi)|
|• Density||27/km2 (69/sq mi)|
|Time zone||China Standard (UTC+8)|
Ejin Horo Banner or Ejin Horo Qi (Ejin Qoroɣ-a qosiɣu; Chinese: 伊金霍洛旗; pinyin: Yījīn Huòluò Qí, Mongolian: ᠡᠵᠢᠨ ᠬᠣᠷᠣᠭᠠ ᠬᠣᠰᠢᠭᠤ) is a banner under the administration of Ordos City, in southwestern Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, People's Republic of China, bordering Shaanxi to the southeast. As of 2009, Ejin Horo Qi covers an area of almost 5,600 square kilometres (2,200 sq mi), with a population of nearly 160,000, the majority of whom are ethnically Han Chinese.
China's growing economy has led, in recent years, to increased development in the area of Ejin Horo Qi, with the construction or improvement of roads, transportation centers, and accommodation for travelers and tourists.
Ejin Horo Qi, as part of Ordos City, lies on a plateau in the southern portion of the Ordos Desert. The land surface consists primarily of arid grassland or sandy dunes. A tributary of the Yellow River flows through Ejin Horo Qi.
Pasture degradation, soil erosion, and desertification were ongoing problems during the late 20th century. From the 1950s through the 1970s, the use of fuel wood and overgrazing from sheep and goats caused up to an estimated annual loss of 1,000 km2 of arable land. During the 1980s, the rate decreased substantially due to government programs and the availability of coal as a household fuel.
The top industries are coal mining and extraction, mineral extraction, chemical engineering, sheep and goat herding, and cashmere production. Total fossil fuel reserves beneath Ejin Horo Qi are estimated to be about 27.8 billion tons, which includes coal and natural gas. Although coal mining is of paramount importance to the regional economy, the poorly regulated industry has undermined parts of the area so badly that the ground surface has become unstable in places. Because of the relentless coal extraction, parts of one village began caving in; the residents were re-located starting in 2008 to a planned community called Ulanmulun New Village, and has a capacity of 936 families. Because of ground instability, coal mines producing less than 300,000 were shut down in 2000; those producing less than 600,000 tons annually were closed in 2007, drastically reducing the total number of mines in the area.
An industrial park that will focus on the manufacture of equipment for coal mining and fossil fuel extraction is under construction in Ejin Horo Qi. The total cost is expected to be around 10 billion yuan (US$1.46 billion), but is expected to produce 8,000 new jobs, and a potential 40,000 secondary jobs.
Mausoleum of Genghis Khan
Ejin Horo Qi is also known as the location of the Mausoleum of Genghis Khan. Ethnic Mongolians in China have made pilgrimages to the mausoleum for decades, especially during the annual Naadam festival every summer. In recent years, there has been an increase in the number of tourists visiting the site, often wealthy urban Chinese on domestic excursions. Local entrepreneurs are attempting to accommodate these visitors, and capitalize on the new situation; government subsidies reflect an attempt to stimulate the improvement of tourist facilities. Whether or not the "Mausoleum" contains the actual remains of Genghis Khan is doubtful, as one 17th century source asserts that only the shirt, shoes, and tent of the great khan were buried at Ejin Horo Qi, and there are other locations in Outer Mongolia that lay claim to the final resting place of Genghis Khan.
Near the official Mausoleum, there is a large, privately owned museum and park dedicated to Genghis Khan. There is also a hotel and there are many tourist ger camps in the area, some of which have horses and offer short trail rides.
The nearest train station is about 33 km (21 mi) away in Dongsheng.
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