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Jul 14, 2017 - Bus back to Ulaan Baator

Today was an 8 hour bus trip from Tsetserleg back to Ulan Baator This is our shiny red bus that took us today. This is a town that we passed (view from my window) Another view of the countryside from my window

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Jul 1, 2017 - Survived the ger

I started the day with a hike up a nearby mountain. 45 minutes almost vertically, but the views at the end made it worth while. I found a "lost valley" - my new favourite place in the world. After a breakfast of bread and cheese, pikelets, fried eggs, coffee, tea and blackberry juice, our driver and our guide picked us up from our Ger. First stop was the famous "Turtle Rock", then camel riding. It turns out that 2-humped camels are much more comfortable than 1-humped camels. We then continued into UB, where we had a tour of the National...

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Jun 30, 2017 - Visit to the National Park

We started today with a visit to a huge Buddhist complex. It included a 27m high statue of Buddha - the largest in Mongolia. Afterwards, we drove into the countryside and to the Chinggis Khan (on his horse) statue. At 50m tall, this is the tallest horse statue in the world. Onto our ger camp for the night in a National Park. We were the only people staying there, so we had lots of TLC from the 16 or so staff members. We went for a long walk - 2.75hours. It became a bit dangerous and scarey at on point near the end. Another part was very...

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Jun 29, 2017 - Arrived in Mongolia

All social media was banned in China. We have now arrived in Mongolia, so I will catch up on previous days when time permits. Unfortunately only have a few minutes now, and may not have internet again for 4 days. I will write when I can. Woke up at 4.30am. Already light. In the Gobi Desert. This was the scenery until a few minutes before UB, which was at 2.30pm. It was fascinating in itself. Hardly any life - a few gazelles. Some livestock and gets as we neared UB. At UB, we were driven to our hotel, then found a bank and obtained...

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Aug 28, 2011 - dimanche chinois , j'en redemande !!!

Le dimanche en Chine il est extraordinaire de frequenter les parcs publics, (pas reposant du tout ) , il y a des "spectacles de rue!" partout, des karaoke presentes par un animateur amateur avec des orchestres (facon show tv) qui jouxtent (au point que le son est parfois intenable) d'autres plus petits "kalaoke" (prononciation chinoise).On peut aussi "admirer" voir rester sans voix devant des 'comedies musicales' ( des centaines parfois de chinois realisent ensemble une choregraphie (plus sportive que gracieuse ) qui a le merite de leur...

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Isa Salamand 2011

Aug 28, 2011 - chengdu ???

C'est incroyable a quel point une ville peut changer en si peu de temps...ce n'est plus du tout la meme les hutong sont morts remplaces par du "new old" comme ils disent ,les nouveaux riches ont envie et besoin de lieux de detente et de quartiers commerciaux coquets "populaire"( mouai pour la classe +++) c'est logique mais quel bouleversement pour cette societe. autre sujet plus leger mais qui me tient a coeur depuis une heure ((&)$*(*$^(*^$_!!) DORMIR avec un groupe de chinois dans une auberge de jeunesse >>> dur dur de rester patient ,...

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Isa Salamand 2011

Aug 24, 2011 - vie des nomades

La vie des nomades est rythmee par les necessites de l'elevage; - se lever plusieurs fois par nuit lorsque les chevreaux sont petits pour ne pas qu'ils rejoignent leurs meres - des le matin s'activer - aller chercher les troupeaux qui ont pu s'eloigner pendant la nuit parfois tres tres loin , tout cela se fait a cheval ou en moto - attacher les poulains pour pouvoir traire leur mere toutes les deux heures ( le poulain amorce la traite , fait monter le lait de la jument, il faut donc l'avoir a proximite de la ger toute le journee) -...

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Isa Salamand 2011

Aug 24, 2011 - hospitalite mongole et partage ...

Decrire des immensites , un mode de vie a cent milles lieux du notre , des coutumes tres ancrees, des supertitions nombreuses , taches bien difficle aujourd'hui : erte synthetique (c'est deja pas mon point fort a la base...) Les paysages sont grandioses , tellement immense que meme la photographie ne peut pas restituer l'impression ressentie , l'experience de l'infini, mais cela ne vous apprend rein car je suppose que c'est la premier chose a laquelle on pense a propos de la mongolie . Les Nomades et leur mode de vie: Les nomades ont une...

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Isa Salamand 2011

Jul 30, 2011 - naran tuul

Ce matin apres avoir ete prevenu plusieurs fois des nombreux picks pockets de la ville (cf napoli...) , j'ai effectivement senti dans mon dos quelqu'un en train d'essayer d'ouvrir mon sac a dos ( dans lequel il n'yg a rien de valeur ) , je me retourne , rale en francais (difficle pour moi de raler en mongol !!!) et il sourit tranquilou milou ,cool raoul genre: quoi ? ou ? qui? comment ? je rale encore, puis continue mon chemin( effectivement avec mes camarades de voyage, chacun a eu a certain moment le sac a dos ouvert ou des tentatives de...

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Isa Salamand 2011

Jul 29, 2011 - Ulaan bataar

Ulan bator : ville a l'allure sovietique sans trop d'interet a part cette ambiance d'echanges commerciaux et de ravitaillements ,pour les nomades ou les "ruraux" (autant dire quasiment tous les mongols) , mais aussi les touristes qui preparent leurs differents periples ( trek, horse ride, etc..etc...)...

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Isa Salamand 2011

Mar 31, 2010 - Mongolia!

Hello, our long awaited post has arrived. We are now situated in China in the city of Xian. And will soon be heading of to Chengdu. Our stay in Mongolia was an all together enjoyable one, if not a slightly eventfull one. We went on a 2 week tour into the countryside and visited the Gobi desert, another large frozen laker and some national parks. We decided to do a tour with the hostel we were staying with, in total there were six of us on the tour, including a yank, a jap and a scot who we had previosly met in Russia at Olkan Island. We had...

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World Tour 2010

Jan 26, 2008 - Ulanbaatar / Ulan Bator / UB

Arrived in UB the 26th early in the morning. Leaving tomorrow on a 6 day trip, wont have internet or telephone. Really looking forward to it! Will post more after we get back. Marijn & Renate We didn't spend much time in UB, but from what we saw it was a pretty cool city. The actual city isn't so easy on the eye, it's quite a soviet kind of place, with the ironed door soviet blocks (which I've noticed have three foot thick walls and an iron door you wouldn't find anywhere else but the insanity ward in Alcatraz). Otherwise its's a pretty...

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