Lying along the Argun River in Inner Mongolia, surrounded by lush pine trees and xylosma shrubs with horses and cattle freely strolling country roads while herders sing traditional folk songs, the ethnic Russian township of Shiwei lures visitors with a poetic, natural essence and a historical charm.
Shiwei, also known as Ji Lalin, has a long history that dates back to the 5th century AD when villagers first settled here. During the Tang Dynasty (618-907), Shiwei, was known as Dada, and considered a Mongolian homeland. Currently it’s the only ethnic Russian township in China, and the diverse population lives together harmoniously.
In 2005, Shiwei became one of China’s “Top 10 Charming Towns,” according to CCTV (China Central TV). Both Mongolian and Russian culture and history abound, which can create an exotic atmosphere as if abroad.