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MONGOLIA


Location - North East Asia; Capital - Ulan Bator; Population - 2.7 million; Currency - Togrog

Continuing on the Trans-Mongolian from Beijing to Ulan Bator, we crossed into Mongolia at Zamiin Uud and headed on to the capital - September 2009.

 

mongolnote1Genghis Khan appears on the 50 Togrog note

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mongol2The Trans-Mongolian heads through the Gobi Desert

 

 

mongol3The sand gives way to scrubland and rolling hills - Gobi Desert

 

 

 

mongol5The fancy restaurant car of the Trans-Mongolian

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mongol8The wide expanses that define Mongolia - Gobi Desert

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mongol9The Trans-Mongolian winds its way from Beijing to Ulan Bator

 

 

mongol12Gers (called yurts in Russia) are portable felt-covered homes, common in the Mongolian countryside - Trans-Mongolian

 

 

mongol16Horses are a common sight in Mongolia - Trans-Mongolian

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mongol19An image of Genghis Khan, known as Chinggis Khaan in Mongolia, is etched into a hill on the outskirts of Ulan Bator

 

 

mongol20Arriving at Ulan Bator train station. I've also seen it spelt Ulaan Baatar and Ulan Batar. Take your pick!

 

 

mongol22Old and new. An office tower looms over the Choijin Lama Temple Museum, Ulan Bator

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mongol25This former monastery was home to Choijin Lama, the brother of Mongolian ruler Bogd Khan - Ulan Bator

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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mongol27Depicting hell - strange (and painful) goings-on in one of the 5 temples of the Choijin Lama Temple Museum, Ulan Bator

 

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mongol28Choijin Lama Temple Museum was completed in 1908, and displays several images of Buddha - Ulan Bator

 

 

mongol31Tasting airag, fermented mare's milk, on the way to Terelj National Park. It reminded me of sick.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mongol33An ovoo is a place of worship, usually made from a pyramid-shaped collection of stones - Terelj National Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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mongol34Christina handles an eagle at Terelj National Park

 

 

mongol36View from the entrance to Terelj National Park

 

 

mongol38I started slipping when climbing this rock, then realised that animal fat had been smeared all over it - Terelj National Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mongol43We stayed in this ger in Terelj National Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mongol48A novel way of weighing down the felt - Terelj National Park

 

 

mongol44At night the temperature drops significantly but the stove at the front of this photo worked wonders - Terelj National Park

 

 

mongol46Natural fuel - Terelj National Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mongol50I'm not sure if the food was for them - Terelj National Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mongol54The ger camp, close to Turtle Rock, Terelj National Park

 

 

mongol57Tomro, with his granddaughter, runs the ger camp - Terelj National Park

 

 

mongol58With her grandmother, also called Tomro, Terelj National Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mongol62Walking to Turtle Rock, Terelj National Park

 

 

mongol66A camel walks past Turtle Rock, Terelj National Park

 

 

mongol64Turtle Rock, Terelj National Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mongol71A wandering camel in Terelj National Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mongol70Autumnal colours in Terelj National Park

 

 

mongol72Myself, Patrick and Christina roam around Terelj National Park on horseback

 

 

mongol77There's some excellent scenery in Terelj National Park, though a glut of buildings in some areas blight it somewhat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mongol78But I'd still recommend it if you have litttle time in Mongolia - Terelj National Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mongol81Horses gather around a pool of marsh water in Terelj National Park

 

 

mongol59Chinggis vodka is not bad stuff - Terelj National Park

 

 

mongol85A Louis Vuitton department store will open soon in Ulan Bator. A huge poster of Sean Connery makes the announcement.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mongol84A fountain and small park on Peace Avenue, Ulan Bator

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mongol86The State Opera & Ballet Theatre is on Sukhbaatar Square, the central area of the city - Ulan Bator

 

 

mongol87Damdin Sukhbaatar was the main man in Mongolia's revolution. The country declared independence from China in 1921 - Sukhbaatar Square, Ulan Bator

 

 

mongol91In front of Parliament House is a huge statue of Chinggis Khaan - Sukhbaatar Square, Ulan Bator

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mongol97Temujin, born in 1162, became Chinggis Khaan, or Genghis Khan (Oceanic King), after uniting several tribes - Ulan Bator

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mongol98He went on to become the leader of the Mongol empire, the largest empire in history - Sukhbaatar Square, Ulan Bator

 

 

mongol100A henchman at the side of Chinggis Khaan in Sukhbaatar Square, Ulan Bator

 

 

mongol101To ther right of Chinggis Khaan is his grandson Kublai Khaan - Sukhbaatar Square, Ulan Bator

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mongol30Looking away from the State Department Store on Peace Avenue, Ulan Bator

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mongol105Gandantegchinlen Monastery is the largest in Mongolia - Ulan Bator

 

 

mongol106The Janraisig Temple at Gandantegchinlen Monastery, Ulan Bator

 

 

mongol107Prayer wheels line the right and prayer beds line the front of this Gandantegchinlen Monastery temple - Ulan Bator

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mongol108The monastery managed to survive the Communist purges.
With the ousting of the Communist regime in 1990 it began full Buddhist ceremonies - Ulan Bator

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mongol108aGandantegchinlen Monastery, Ulan Bator

 

 

mongol110Gandantegchinlen Monastery, Ulan Bator

 

 

mongol113Tasgany Ovoo is the small stone pyramid at the top of this hill in Ulan Bator

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mongol116The Palace of the Bogd Khan was the home of Mongolia's last king, the Bogd Khan, who reigned from 1911 to 1924 - Ulan Bator

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mongol117Palace of the Bogd Khan, Ulan Bator

 

 

mongol120Close to the National Academic Drama Theatre, which hosts a very good traditional music and dance evening that includes throat singing, is this Irish pub - Ulan Bator

 

 

mongol121It had been over 25°C the day before, but snow marked the start of several days of poor weather - Ulan Bator

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mongol122The start of a tedious 9.5 hours at the Mongolian and Russian border posts started on the Mongolian side at Sukhbaatar

 

 

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LINKS

www.mongoliatourism.gov.mn - Mongolia tourist board

www.mongoliatoday.com - useful info on Mongolia

www.welcome2mongolia.com - online guide to Mongolia

http://mongoluls.net

 

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