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Sep 2, 2017 - Terelj National Park to Ulan Bataar

Raining this morning which put a dampener on our archery lessons, but still gave it a go. I wasn’t very good – our Mongolian guide called me a princess and agreed I should stick to making dumplings. On our way back to Ulan Bataar we stopped in the national park to see some yaks. This afternoon is a free afternoon in the city. A bit of a museum afternoon. Visited the National Museum of Mongolia which was really interesting, covering Mongolian history from the Bronze Age to current day. Discovered a lot I didn’t know such as involvement in...

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Beijing to Berlin

Aug 31, 2017 - Chinese/Mongolian Border to Ulan Bataar

I think we all had a sleep in this morning after our long night at the border. We continued through the Mongolian steppes until we reached Ulan Bataar at 1430hrs. Changed some currency at the station before going on a quick orientation walk around the city centre. 2 million people live in the capital in a relatively small area and there is no metro system, resulting in heavy traffic congestion. The architecture is a peculiar mix of styles including extremely modern, Soviet era ugliness and more classical styles. Around the edges of the city...

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Beijing to Berlin

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 - 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

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

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

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