Travel Blogs from Mongolia

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Golden Leaves and Mongolian Cheese, E Ji Na, Inner Mongolia, China travel blog

Golden Leaves and Mongolian Cheese

A travel blog entry by bethverde

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... ;Once they sent us the name of the nearest city our coworker Michael helped us find out how to get there. Well, Inner Mongolia is shaped something like a crescent moon lying on its belly, and Ningxia is a thumb poking into that belly.  We figured ...

Trans Mongolian Express: Day 6, Dzamynude, Mongolia travel blog

Trans Mongolian Express: Day 6

A travel blog entry by foolsgold

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"Dirty" There isn't a shower on the Trans-Mongolian Express. I thought I'd wait until now to throw that out there. Unless you have a first class cabin like some kind of loser, there is no shower. No bath, no anything. Well, not quite anything. ...

Hotel Facilities, Hohhot, China travel blog

Hotel Facilities

A travel blog entry by foolsgold

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... the local tour guide who was insisting we went on a tour of the nearby grasslands that were 'almost as good as passing through Mongolia itself', and so far had been successful. The phone rang at one stage and Vinny had a rather strange conversation with a ...

Train 362, a long wait, Sühbaatar, Mongolia travel blog

Train 362, a long wait

A travel blog entry by jeroenandlinda

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... , a Belgium backpacker, and prepared for bed. Tomorrow is gong to be a full day on the train, as we leave Russia and enter Mongolia. We had a relatively good night of sleep on the train. The beds were better than the ones on number 2, a bit wider and a ...

Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia travel blog

Mongolia

A travel blog entry by baileyandkerry

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... horse riding in Central Mongolia, 4 in the capital Ulaanbaatar, and 11 on a 2000km journey around Western and Southern Mongolia in a jeep. Before commencing our journey the hostel owner stressed the importance of forming a good team between us, our ...

Our First Steppe into Mongolia, Ulan Bator, Mongolia travel blog

Our First Steppe into Mongolia

A travel blog entry by meandher

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... statue dominated the centre of the square. From here we walked to one of the only remaining (original) Buddist temples in Mongolia (Stalin had destroyed the rest and slaughtered all the monks in the late 1930s) This temple had survived only because ...

Back to UB, Ulan Bator, Mongolia travel blog

Back to UB

A travel blog entry by emmaandemma

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... view of the city. Then Declan slid down the hill and nearly killed himself. This turns out to be the theme of our stay in Mongolia, but more of that later...   We had dinner in an amazing all-you-can-eat Mongolian BBQ. As Russian food wasn't ...

Beijing to Karakhorin, Karakhorin, Mongolia travel blog

Beijing to Karakhorin

A travel blog entry by piphunt

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... towering structures, and just so many people in every nook and cranny of the city. I suppose the contrast with Mongolia makes observations like these especially stark. Mao's smiling portrait still looks proudly over tianamin square, touched up by ...

Reflection, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia travel blog

Reflection

A travel blog entry by piphunt

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... and is only going to change more. It's such a balancing act, retaining a culture, yet embracing change. For a country like Mongolia, it is particularly precarious since the independence and freedom of living the life of a nomad is the antithesis of the ...

On the Mongolian Grasslands, Hohot, China travel blog

On the Mongolian Grasslands

A travel blog entry by rachel_john

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... might appear behind the next outcrop. Occasionally we pass though isolated factory towns that look like ecological nightmares. Inner Mongolia has great resources of iron ore, coal, and many other minerals and these are the necessary ingredients of the ...

Adventures out West, Olgii, Mongolia travel blog

Adventures out West

A travel blog entry by piphunt

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... , and will be making our way to the furthest western point of the country in the next few days, where there are glaciers. Mongolia is amazing! I never believed you could fall in love with a country, but I have head over heels fallen for Mongolia! The ...

Three Days, Beijing, Mongolia travel blog

Three Days

A travel blog entry by piphunt

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  Nee hao I was in Beijing for three days this last time. We made it out to the contempory art district in the north est of the city.  This is well worth visiting.  There are many galleries, jewellery and ceramic and other ...

Driving and driving and driving...., Khovd, Mongolia travel blog

Driving and driving and driving....

A travel blog entry by piphunt

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Sainbainuu, Just a brief update. I am back from Zavkan and Khovd aimags after a pretty cool trip. Snow covered the central plateau of the country. The expression "blanket" of snow pretty well describes how the countryside looked - it was ...

Horseback, Gorkhi Terelj National Park, Mongolia travel blog

Horseback

A travel blog entry by tdv95

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... huge temperature differences between summer and winter, the differences between day and night are also very great. In the highlands of Mongolia, 30 °C can be reached during the day with sub-zero °C readings at night (for our American friends, ...

Back in Ulan Bator, Ulan Bator, Mongolia travel blog

Back in Ulan Bator

A travel blog entry by emanddave

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Arrived back in UB and taken to our first hotel of the trip which feels like complete luxury - and indoor toilets!! Have had a walk around UB today looking at the shops (although not allowed to buy anything). Had a huge lunch which set us back about ...

Day 13, Ulan Bataar, Mongolia travel blog

Day 13

A travel blog entry by poolman99

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... local police of a state visit by the Czech Prime Minister and either a high ranking Buddha priest or the head of state for Mongolia. Either way we were told to get off the road for four hours while they looked around the same temple we were heading for. ...

Day 14, Ulan Bataar, Mongolia travel blog

Day 14

A travel blog entry by poolman99

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... . Back home if you went horse riding you'd get a helmet and a briefing session and a guide that spoke English. Still we're in Mongolia so none of those were applicable and all we were told was the word to make it go "Choo". Walking away from the Ger on ...

The Underbelly, Ulaan Bataar, Mongolia travel blog

The Underbelly

A travel blog entry by piphunt

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Sainbainuu This week I began work at World Vision. It has been an eye opening week, that's for sure. On Tuesday, I visisted the city's heating tunnels underground the city, where the street children and other homeless people live during winter. The ...

A week in Bor Undur, Bor Undur, Mongolia travel blog

A week in Bor Undur

A travel blog entry by piphunt

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... . So hopefully more vocational training centres will help address this. Actually, as well as being squeezed economically, Mongolia politically is in a very vulnerable position. It's tiny population of less than 2.5 million is sandwiched between two ...

UB For Short, Ulan Bator, Mongolia travel blog

UB For Short

A travel blog entry by tdv95

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... American influence has started showing up with an increased use of English and a number of restaurants with western menus- Mongolia is purposefully courting U.S. engagement given that they are completely surrounded by China and Russia (there seems to be ...

Day 11, Ulan Bataar, Mongolia travel blog

Day 11

A travel blog entry by poolman99

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... but it was a relief to be feeling part of civilised humanity again. We even got our laundry done - phew! Ulan Bataar, Mongolia's capital, is a strange city but by far the least grandiose capital city I've ever been to. Old Soviet apartment blocks and ...

So long you mong...., Ulan Bator, Mongolia travel blog

So long you mong....

A travel blog entry by andrewanderica

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Woke up lovely and warm, what a luxury!!!  Maybe the sand dunes retain heat? I don't know?  Had began to wonder at a lot of things in bed this morning.  Like, what do they do out here in the remoteness when someone dies?  The ...

Aaaarggghhh the gers on fire!!!, Terelj, Mongolia travel blog

Aaaarggghhh the gers on fire!!!

A travel blog entry by andrewanderica

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Early start as today we were taking our first of Mr Kim's famous tours to the 'Gorkhi Terelj National Park' approximately a 1 1/2 hour car ride away, to stay with a local family in a ger (a large round tent with a wood burner in the centre of it, no ...

Trans Mongolian Express: Day 5, Ulaan Baator, Mongolia travel blog

Trans Mongolian Express: Day 5

A travel blog entry by foolsgold

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Then train stopped opposite another train at around 5 in the evening. Whether this was 5 in the evening by Moscow time, Beijing time, Ulaan Baator time or British summer time is anybody's guess and not particulary relevant to the story. Our heads were ...

A short train ride for us...only 33 hours, Bayan Oboo Hiid, Mongolia travel blog

A short train ride for us...only 33 hours

A travel blog entry by andrewanderica

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Boarded the Beijing train and on the platform met up with a South African that we had met in Moscow, at 6.30am, in Mongolia this was a little strange, it really is such a small world.  We got to our cabin which was locked so the cool steward unlocked ...

Green Desert, Gobi Desert, Mongolia travel blog

Green Desert

A travel blog entry by tdv95

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... giddy as DH at wrestling ringside. The Gobi desert, one of the world's great deserts, covers much of the southern part of Mongolia. Unlike the Sahara there are very few sand dunes in the Gobi; rather you'll find large barren expenses of gravel ...

The most remote place on earth....., Kharkhorin, Mongolia travel blog

The most remote place on earth.....

A travel blog entry by andrewanderica

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... set off for Karakorum and endured about 9 hours drive through some of the most remote scenery on earth, it was incredible. Mongolia is the least populated country on earth (allthough Greenland and Faroe Islands are less densly populated they are owned by ...

The Beginning - Trans-Mongolian Rail, Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia travel blog

The Beginning - Trans-Mongolian Rail

A travel blog entry by susan_g

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... played in a public arena at a boarder crossing. A good reminder of how far China has come in such a short time. Entry into Mongolia was just as uneventful, at about 1.30am the officials came into our cabin and stamped my passport while I lay in bed. ...

The Beauty of Travel, and other musings, Khenti, Mongolia travel blog

The Beauty of Travel, and other musings

A travel blog entry by piphunt

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... China. It's funny, because when I arrived and learnt the briefest outline of Mongolian history, ie that the Russians controlled Mongolia as a satellite communist state for about 70 years last century (leaving in 1992) I had kind of assumed that ...

Poverty and the Cold, Everywhere, Mongolia travel blog

Poverty and the Cold

A travel blog entry by piphunt

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... by an NGO, with classes every day (b) recieved an amnesty on the anniversary of 800 years since Chinggis established the state of Mongolia (all prisoners in UB were released in July - wasn't that a comforting thought for me as I arrived here - except the ...

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