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One of the most impressive sights in Hohhot is the Inner Mongolia Museum, impressive not only for the exhibitions but for the unique architecture of the building itself. Its style is supposed to represent the rolling hills of the Mongolian steppe. The main building has four stories of exhibits on everything from natural history to Genghis Khan, from satellite launches to dinosaurs. It was interesting for ...
As you may know, all of China is on a single time zone. This means the sun tends to set freakishly early in the east, and freakishly late in the west. Complicating things further, Mongolia recently implemented daylight savings time, so it is now an hour later than it would normally be. Due to this combination of factors, when I crossed the border at Erlian I had the bizarre experience of turning my watch an hour back, even though I ...
... and beer. Without a word, Gao purchased a couple of beers and insisted that I have one. As a parting gift, I gave Gao a little whisky flask with "California Republic" and a picture of a bear on it, which I had purchased back at LAX in anticipation of meeting someone like him.
As we approached Hohhot, I began to get nervous about my rendezvous with my Airbnb hostess, Airuna. I had hoped to get a Chinese SIM card for my phone ...
A day of acclimating to china.
Strange feeling that we finally reached our destination. Our goal was to take our time and visit China. And now, after 6 weeks and 7 countries, we have arrived.
Our Dutch author Bomans once wrote: traveling is a complex way to get home. For us, it may be more appropriate to say: traveling is a complex way to arrive at our destination.
China starts as soon as we leave the room. Negotiations over the deposit. Later we ...
Zamiin-uud. Last stop in Mongolia. Nobody can board or get off. Customs moving from compartment to compartment on the train. They have taken our passports. Now patiently waiting. Our fellow passengers are a chinese woman, born in mongolia, very quiet. And a chinese small businessman, the opposite. When he talks, he shouts as if fighting. His cellphone is at maximum volume. And when he talks into the phone, for all intents and purposes, he renders it obsolete. ...