Moerdaoga in Erguna City


Located in the Greater Khingan Range, the country’s largest virgin forest, Moerdaoga National Forest Park is one of the best places to see larch trees and white birches. Moerdaoga, though a small town in Erguna city, in the Inner Mongolia autonomous region, is well-known for its national forest park, which happens to be the largest forest park in China.

Introduction of Moerdaoga

Meaning of Moerdaoga

Moerdaoga means “to go to battle on horseback” in the Mongolian language. Genghis Khan, the father of the Mongolian people, was once on a hunting expedition and was inspired by the spectacular sight of the dawn. When the sun rose above the mountain where he was at he reportedly shouted to his tribe: “Moerdaoga!” which means to set out for battle on a horse.

Moerdaoga National Forest Park

Moerdaoga National Forest Park features mountains, virgin forests, rivers, islands, folk villages, and has plenty of natural wonders to enjoy, making it an ideal resort during all four seasons.

Moerdaoga is Mongolian for a horse going out to battle. Moerdaoga National Forest Park, located in the interior of the Greater Khingan Range Forest Region, is a large forest park in China covered mainly by virgin coniferous forest characteristic of northern China. There are also islands in the area, and available pastimes include rafting and others. If you are lucky, you may spot some wildlife. After entering the scenic area, be sure not to miss the first bridge, where scenes from the middle part of the movie The Banquet were filmed.

Wetland Park 

There is much more to see other than the forests. Erguna, where Moerdaoga sits, contains a wetland park with an undisturbed national eco-system and the only Russian ethnic township in China where visitors can experience Russian cultures.

Best Time to Visit Moerdaoga

Summer here is blessed with blue skies and white clouds while iced peaks, snow-covered ranges and frosted pine trees are prevalent during winter months. In Autumn, colored Autumn leaves in the Greater Khingan Range. South of Hulunbeier Grassland and north of the Russian Ergun boundary river, the forest turns a light yellow and pale red at the end of August, as the leaves of maple, oak, larch and birch draw a colorful picture. It boasts undulating mountains, tall and ancient trees, rich vegetation, and plentiful streams.

How to get to the Ergun City?

  • The nearest train station is in Hailar City, 330km from Moerdaoga.
  • There are several daily long-distance busese running between Hailar and Ergun City. Long-distance bus travel is available from Hailar to downtown Ergun City, where you could change for a long-distance bus to Moerdaoga.

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Edited by  Lynette Fu/付云锐