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Old October 17th, 2010, 01:25 AM   #1
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From Moscow to Beijing by train. Part Four : Going to Mongolia !

Here is the fourth thread about my train journey, in last july, from Moscow to Beijing.

The links towards the three first threads :
- the first thread (about Moscow) :http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1228115
- the second thread (about Siberia) :http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1230031
- the third thread (about the Baikal):http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...523&highlight=

In this fourth thread, I will post pics that I took from the train during the journey from Irkoutsk to Ulan Bator. The journey lasted two nights and one day (including the long eight-hour waiting at the border).

It should be noted that the atmosphere in the train between Irkoutsk and Ulan Bator was very different than in the first part of the Transsiberian.
Here, the train was literally packed with young European globe-trotters (from France, Netherlands, Poland, Switzerland, Great Britain, etc.) while from Moscow to Irkoutsk, there was a lot less tourists and we were more with the everyday-Russian people taking the Transsiberian as an ordinary mean of transport to travel inside their huge country.
So, in a word, lot of tourists, few local people. On a side note, I didn't meet one single tourist from North America, what I find strange, considering the dozens (hundreds ?) of European tourists who were in this train.
Myself, I shared my room with Angela, a German-Swiss girl who was going on a world tour, and Mark, a crazy guy from the Netherlands, who also wanted to tour the world, but without taking plane. He had left the Netherlands on a moped, and then was going on by train after his moped had been stolen in Estonia or Russia (I don't remember).

Enough of words, here are the pics :
1- Waking up on board. The train left Irkoutsk the day before at about 10:00 PM. Ruins along the tracks. We've passed Ulan Ude during the night. We're still in Russia :


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21- Approaching another lake, just before Mongolia.


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26- Our train, the great Transmongolian !


27- Lot of old water tanks all along the Transsiberian and the Transmongolian :


28- Last ruins of Siberia :


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35- Here is the last russian train station before the border. This is the beginning of a very long wait to cross the border. Fortunately we could go out of the train and take a very refreshing (but not free) shower in the train station.


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39- After waiting four or five hours, the train left at last the last russian station to enter Mongolia. When entering Mongolia, there were mongolian soldiers saluting the train all along the tracks. I could not take pics of them as taking pics was not very welcomed at this moment. Here is the first Mongolian train station :


40- We are in Mongolia !


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45- First mongolian town. Not so different from Russia :


46- We've just made some miles into Mongolia and we stop again for two or three hours to let the Mongolian customs do their job :


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48- Here is Boris. A crazy French who was trying to rejoin his girlfriend working as a nurse in the middle of Mongolia :


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53- The train is advancing again into Mongolia. Lot of huge more or less abandonned industrial buildings there too :


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55- The next day. It's about 6:30AM. We're entering the outskirts of Ulan Bator :


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62- A yurt, while we enter the Ulan Bator train station :



We stayed in Mongolia for two days before taking again the train. Don't miss the next threads !

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Old October 17th, 2010, 01:36 AM   #2
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This is freakin interesting dude! Mongolia does look much like North Korea in those pictures. Totally exotic.
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Old October 17th, 2010, 08:28 AM   #3
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very interesting.thanks
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Old October 17th, 2010, 08:49 AM   #4
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Very interesting report Despite its relatively low income there seems to be any "shanties" in Ulaanbaatar & other Mongolian towns as everyone dwells in pretty solid comfy homes.
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Old October 17th, 2010, 11:44 AM   #5
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Very interesting and very nice; thank you for all those photos GM
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Old October 17th, 2010, 02:22 PM   #6
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Very interesting report Despite its relatively low income there seems to be any "shanties" in Ulaanbaatar & other Mongolian towns as everyone dwells in pretty solid comfy homes.
I'm not so sure that yurts are so solid and comfy
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Old October 17th, 2010, 02:30 PM   #7
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This is absolutely amazing!!!!

I did this same journey (but from Beijing to St. Petersburg) in 2007.

I am hankering to do it again.
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Old October 18th, 2010, 12:12 AM   #8
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Interesting pics of a very exotic region.


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Very interesting report Despite its relatively low income there seems to be any "shanties" in Ulaanbaatar & other Mongolian towns as everyone dwells in pretty solid comfy homes.
Not sure "shanties" would suit the harsh winters they have there.
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Old October 18th, 2010, 12:18 AM   #9
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Mongolia is more similar to Russia then I thought. Interesting pictures!
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Old October 29th, 2010, 12:37 AM   #10
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Great pics. Waiting for more
I'm surprised that there were so many globetrotteurs from Europe with you
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Old October 29th, 2010, 05:35 AM   #11
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Fascinating photos again! Mongolia is somewhere not often photographed so to see pictures of something more than Ulaanbataar is fantastic!
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Thank you for the great pictures!
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Awesome photos GM. Love this thread. Congrats to you.









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I have removed the troll that made a profile simply to spam here. If it crawls back, please let me know.
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I actually know someone who was born in Ulan Baator. The world is small.
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A great series of threads of countries not normally seen in the showcase.. Thanks for sharing.
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Mongolia is more similar to Russia then I thought. Interesting pictures!
Mongolia was fully integrated into Soviet Union, the reason why it wasn't 16th republic is just USSR leaders didn't want it, even exchange rate of tugrik was equal to ruble. My neighbor in my apartment block was born in Ulan-Bator and lived the in the first half of 80s there, he thinks it was not the worst place to live...
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