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Old Posted Oct 26, 2010, 1:59 PM
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From Moscow to Beijing by train. Part Five : Ulan Bator and the surroundings

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

The links towards the four first threads :
- the first thread (about Moscow) :http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=185517
- the second thread (about Siberia) :http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=185578
- the third thread (about the Baikal):http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=185653
- the fourth thread (about the journey from Irkoutsk to Ulan Bator) :http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=185825

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See the reason of this particuliar choice at the end of the thread...



1- Let's start by the surroundings of Ulan Bator. Here is the Transmongolian, but seen behind the windows of a bus :


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3- Some huge antennas near Ulan Bator :


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5- Police checkpoint ?


6- French chocolates !


7- Eagles :


8- Entering a very touristic valley, not far from Ulan Bator :


9- Budhist monument. We were supposed to go three times around this stones heap while throwing stones on it to make it bigger. It brings luck.


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11- Goats and sheeps on the hills :


12- While we go further into the valley, there is not a true road anymore, just an earth track. Here is the "Turtle Rock" :


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15- Continuing by foot towards our place of accomodation, deep in the valley :


16- Meeting some Mongolian riders on the way :


17- And some cute little cows :


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19- They have ladas there too !


20- And some yaks :


21- Ah... the quiet rural life of Switzer... Mongolia !


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24- Our yurts for one night :


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26- Leaving back the valley, the next day :


27- Lot of people in Mongolia :


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29- Passing in front of a muslim cemetery on the way back to Ulan Bator :


30- Lot of cars, there was probably some funerals that day :


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32- Some kind of military base along the road :


33- Again the transmongolian seen from the bus :


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35- A budhist temple in Ulan Bator (there was a huge statue inside the temple but we couldn't take picture of it without paying) :


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38- Buildings going up in Ulan Bator :


39- In a great restaurant of Ulan Bator :


40- The view from my hotel room :


41- Other views :


42- Tower blocks :


43- Abandonned (?) budhist temple :


44- On the great square of Ulan Bator :


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47- Mongolian parliament :


48- Mongolian skyscraper :


49- Mongolian hero :


50- Mongolian stock exchange :


51- Mongolian svastikas :


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53- The State Department store, the central meeting point for every tourist visiting Mongolia (Chinese, Russian, French, etc.) :


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55- Consummation at its best !


56- Another building near the store :


57- Various pictures of the city :


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61- Kids playing football in the street :


62- That's the amount I had to pay for my dinner in an Ulan Bator restaurant. It's not as expensive as it appears... it's just that Mongolian love bank notes !


63- This "signal" graffiti was everywhere in the city... very strange :


64- Gang sign ? Let's go to google to have an answer !



Next part : Leaving Ulan Bator and experiencing the Gobi desert.
Coming soon !

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Old Posted Oct 26, 2010, 3:03 PM
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Very interesting, Thanks
any photos from the inside of the yurt you stayed?
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Interesting, Ulan Bator seems a bit like the Chinese cities used to be.
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Its amazing how English signs and advertising has proliferated the entire world even in places where English is rarely or hardly spoken. Did you meet many English speakers along the way? It would seem that any sort of English signage would be useless for those who don't speak English.
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Fascinating journey my friend.

Impressive glass tower.
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Awesome shots.

If you'd told me that the shots (except the ones from actually in the city) were southern Wyoming I'd have totally believed you.
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very very nice
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Mongolia's mountains look a lot like the Southern Rockies. What a great trip!
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still following your sets of pics. still very interesting and good pictures
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These are great.
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Excellent tour! I love the mixture of rural countryside and urban street-level scenes. Thank you for sharing the experience.
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Nice pictures. I'm a little surprised that there are rocky outcroppings in Mongolia. I knew about the steppe and figured that almost the entire country looked like that.

Ulan Bator looks nicer than I thought it would. Given how Mongolia is off the radar for the U.S., and maybe the world, I thought that everything would look dumpy. But the central area looks pretty nice. Tht one curvy skyscraper would look great in an American city.
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Awesome! Thank you for taking us on that trip. Can't wait for Part 6.
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Very interesting, Thanks
any photos from the inside of the yurt you stayed?
Unfortunately I haven't any good pic from the inside of the yurt. But what I can say is that the yurts are surprisingly spacious and well arranged.

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Its amazing how English signs and advertising has proliferated the entire world even in places where English is rarely or hardly spoken. Did you meet many English speakers along the way? It would seem that any sort of English signage would be useless for those who don't speak English.
English was very useful during my trip... but only because there was a lot of European tourists (especially from Irkoutsk to Beijing) in the train and thus we all used English to communicate.

But in Russia, Mongolia or China I met very few people who knew English. Even most of the staff on board in the train or in the hotels didn't know one single word of English. My little French-Russian dictionnary was a lot more useful to communicate than my English level !
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On the English use, I suspect Coca-Cola doesn't have to translate their logo simply because the cursive white on red is so iconic that people recognize the brand just on its logo. It should be mentioned though that Coca-Cola does have its logo translated in some places.
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Great pictures, I liked the previous threads too. Looks like a fun trip.
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an absolutely fantastic trip and great photos. this is such an ambitious trip. i feel like i've learned a lot just by looking at your photos. thank you so much for sharing these (and the others so far).
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