Holiday Inn Hohhot
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... We were lucky as the inner mongolian government insisted that the museum open 1 hr earlier than normal for us to have a private veiwing, before the drive to the capital of Hohhot. This was a change to the itinery which had us doing 200km for the next two days to now being closer to 600km for the detour. This is OK since we expect to have a welcome to the city, worthy of celebrities. When looking at a map of the extent of the Mongolian empire it ...
We start rolling at 7.30 am and visit an old Tibetan Putuo Zongcheng Temple that is a small copy of Potala palace of Lhasa. At around 6 pm we arrive to Hohhot and one of the sponsors Beaume organizes a welcoming party with bright Lion dance, champagne and big dinner with Chinese wine. Most of the guests get drunk. And we stay in the lobby until midnight with another bottle of wine. Today is really an exhausting day with plenty of alcohol.
... Qin or 150 km drive from Xilin Haote to meet friends, have dinner, drink and sing Mongolian songs. The yurts are a tie to their past, and socializing with friends here is a powerful draw.
This evening, next to my timid yurt ...
... a deal with them to get them onside for the civil war. Finally, they had a section on China's space developments (all Chinese things space related are launched from Inner Mongolia). They cordoned off a huge area of land for the space launches, and thousands of Mongolian people were forced to march to a new completely new area and start their lives again. (Or as the museum put it "they voluntarily made a noble sacrifice".)
... mistake... but it turned out he hadn't. After that I was trying to find way to escape casually leave him. He returned to random chit-chat for a few minutes before bringing it up again. He even offered me 50 kuai (about £5) if I would go along with it, and he invited me to his house. Eventually he got the message and left me alone.
I tried some Mongolian beer, which tasted like any other lager, and some Mongolian alcoholic milk, ...