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    • Day97

      Letzte Etappe: Ulaanbaatar - Beijing

      September 9, 2018 in Mongolia ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

      Our last stage of the Trans-Siberian/Trans-Mongolian train was from Ulaanbaatar to Beijing. Almost 34 hours in the train including the border crossing to China. On the evening we spent our last Mongolian money for some beer and a dinner in the restaurant. The border crossing was annoying as everyone had to get out of the train with the whole luggage. After immigration and customs we needed to wait another three hours in a waiting room before we were allowed to get back on the train. When we were in bed it was already after midnight.

      Die letzte Etappe der Transsibirischen bzw. Transmongolischen Eisenbahn führte uns von Ulan Bator bis nach Peking. Eine Strecke für die der Zug circa 34 Stunden benötigt. Unser Zug war tatsächlich auch der Zug mit der Nummer 04, das heißt der einzige Zug der einmal pro Woche die komplette Strecke von Moskau bis nach Peking durchfährt. Kurz vor der Grenze haben wir uns ein Abendessen und ein paar Bier im Speisewagen gegönnt um das letzte mongolische Geld loszuwerden. Die Grenze zu China erreichten wir gegen 19 Uhr. Leider ist es nicht wirklich komfortabel diese mit dem Zug zu überqueren. Alle mussten mit dem gesamten Gepäck aussteigen und durch die Passkontrolle gehen. Danach mussten wir noch ca. 3 Stunden warten bis wir wieder zurück in den Zug durften. Zu dieser Zeit war es dann schon weit nach Mitternacht und erst gegen 2 Uhr morgens fuhr der Zug dann endlich weiter in Richtung Peking.
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    • Day31

      Life is a China

      October 13, 2016 in China ⋅ 🌙 12 °C

      Another day, another train trip. Just as I was getting over my train legs and becoming accustomed to daily showers again, we venture back into our 2 x 2.25m cabin after another early start at 5.30am. We were the first into our cabin and quickly got settled into our bottom bunks before our cabin mates were to arrive. The minutes ticked on and before we knew it the train was departing the station and realised we had done good by the train gods and we got the four berth cabin to ourselves.

      We waited for all of 10 minutes before we started exploring the train and it's all wares. We were so glad when we confirmed that this train had a restaurant car. Our hotel had lovingly packed us a takeaway breakfast but as the main portion consisted of a BLT, I decided to take one for the team and sample the restaurant car for breakfast. Our joy for the restaurant car was shortlived when we saw the price of the set menus (being 14 US dollars for breakfast, 24 USD for lunch and 28USD for dinner) which is insanely priced compared to all of our other meals we have been having. We also realised after we had ordered that the restaurant car had no cash machine and we were running very low on currency as we attempted to get rid of it the night before The other issue was that every set meal apart from breakfast consisted of meat, meat, meat and more meat which meant I was well and truly stuffed. After hearing stories of how good the restaurant car was on the Beijing leg we failed to make a trip to the supermarket, so the only food supplies we now had were a few more protein bars, some cup of soup and porridge sachets, so we were going to have to ration. The only upside was that our restaurant waiter was a splitting image of Psy the man who sang Gangnam Style and it turns out he had similar dance moves so it made the inflated prices a little more enjoyable.

      After a pretty average breakfast we headed back to our cabin before I went on the search of our carriage mates from the Russian leg, who were found at the other end of the train. This was great for my physical fitness after feeling like a fatty for the last few days. We traded stories of our time spent in Ulan Bator realising that we had all done variations of the same thing.

      Our first stop was only 10 minutes later, and after time spent on many trains over the last two weeks we were well accustomed to making the most of anytime available off the train. A quick stretch of the legs and we were back on the train for another 4 hours before our next stop, during which we planned a tour to the Great Wall of China with Victoria and Emily with a plan to meet up with John for cocktails later that evening before he departs for a new life in Perth, Australia. As we approached our next stop, I noticed the large quantities of rubbish scattered adjacent to the railway tracks which was quite stark given the surrounding untouched landscape. It made me incredibly sad and angry that the human impact here is so noticeable when we have had the absolute pleasure of coming to appreciate the pristine beauty of this land.

      Our next stop was a bit longer with 37 minutes off the train at Sainshand. Due to the over inflated prices of the restaurant car and having no actual money to our name, the main purpose of this stop was to a). Find an ATM and b). Peruse the options for food. Food existed in the form of potato crisps, ice cream, chocolate, fried bread and more two minute noodles. I was hoping for something in the form of alcohol but the stop was completely dry so after searching far and wide for something semi healthy (and not processed), I settled on peanuts, sparkling water and for a treat a random Mongolian Ice Cream. I opened the packet to quickly discover that my random Mongolian Ice Cream was the curd flavour from the day before and luckily the smell hit my nose before I took a bite because if I had I surely would have been sick. I gave it to Jamie and said "it's all yours" and even Jamie could only manage the tiniest of bites before passing it around to anyone that was game enough to try it. The phrases to describe this monstrosity of an ice cream ranged from "it tastes like toe cheese", "it smells like musty underwear" and "that is the most awful thing I've ever tasted". Safe to say this certainly was an acquired taste and I will never purchase this horrific piece of confectionary ever again.

      Back on the train and it was time to hit the bar with our favourite family from the Lake District - Kath, Paul and Andrew who had a bit of a headstart and were already on beer number 5. After negotiating reduced prices with my main man Psy, I joined them with a full cup of vodka and a soda water. Kath continually filled our glasses up with more beer and by the end of it we were feeling pretty tipsy before we hit the Mongolian Border. After the disaster of the toilets yesterday, we all ensured everyone had a loo stop before they locked the toilets 30 minutes out. This was a fortunate move as we happened to be stuck at this border for two hours with no access to toilets.

      We made the quick journey to the Chinese border and again awaited customs clearance. The stop here was for four hours (from 9pm to 1am) to allow for passport control, customs clearance and the switching of the bogies, so watching your fluid intake was a must. We thought we might be lucky to find some food at this station in the short time that we were allowed off but the only thing the station came with was customs officials and a replica light up Effiel tower. This meant dinner consisted of cup a soup, a protein bar and a sachet of peanut butter I had been carrying around in my backpack since the UK. Mmmm

      The changing of the bogies was an interesting experience, our train was split apart into carriages and jacked up to switch out the Mongolian wheels with the Chinese ones. We happened to be directly opposite our friends Victoria, Emily and John who flaunted their alcohol to us while we wrote them notes showing our disgust in large font on my tablet. It wasn't long until the lack of sleep started catching up with me and I fell asleep and didn't wake, even with the most extreme shunting that was likened to an earthquake.
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      Angela Ahmed

      Loving this....don't fancy the trans Siberian railway, but Mongolia sounds and looks very interesting.....great to hear all about it. This time next week we'll be heading out to Vietnam. Really hoping we will manage to meet up somewhere during the trip. Let me know the best way to contact you when we touch down. x

    • Day73

      Grenze China

      July 18, 2018 in China ⋅ ⛅ 33 °C

      Heute ging es über die Grenze nach China.

      Hier gibt es einen regen Grenzverkehr mit kleinen Jeeps zwischen der Mongolei und China. Was und wer da transportiert wird, haben wir nicht rausgefunden. Aber die fahren wie die S.. und man sollte sich nicht mit denen anlegen. Die Jeeps müssen über ein Grube fahren, einer hat es eilig und passt nicht auf und zack, ist er mit einem Rad in der Grube. Helfen dürfen wir nicht, das müssen andere tun. Und die heben Ihn einfach wieder raus.

      Für die Ausreise haben wir 2Stunden gebraucht und für die Einreise 2,5 Stunden. Am Tag vor uns war eine Reisegruppe mit Wohnmobilen aus Frankreich, die mussten im Hotel übernachten und ihre Fahrzeuge am Zoll stehen lassen.

      Dann sind wir zum Hotel gefahren und müssen nun auf die Papiere aus Peking warten, den die Autos dürfen wir noch nicht weiter bewegen.
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    • Day19

      Mongolei - China

      December 11, 2014 in China ⋅ ☁️ -12 °C

      In den 5 Tagen von Moskau nach Irkutsk hat sich die Landschaft fast gar nicht verändert. Fährt man jedoch Richtung Süden, erkennt man die Landschaft nicht wieder, sobald man mal ein paar Stunden nicht aus dem Fenster schaut.

      Die Grenzkontrolle war wie immer asufrergend, aber kann mir einer sagen, warum dass immer 6 Stunden dauern muss...?
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    • Day171


      July 28, 2016 in China ⋅ ☁️ 20 °C

      Ya en Mongolia, trigésimo país del viaje! La frontera ha ido bien, aunque ha habido que cruzarla en bus (4kms) porque en bici estaba prohibido. El visado fueron 5 minutos y 50 euros en el consulado mongol de Erlian. Y ahora en tren litera a Ulan Bator! Hay que registrarse en los primeros siete días, y con viento de frente no conseguiría ciclar los 600kms en ese tiempo...Read more

    • Day94

      Zamyn-Üüd, mongolische Grenze

      August 7, 2014 in China ⋅ ⛅ 32 °C

      Der nächste Grenzübertritt für mich - die Ausreise aus der Mongolei.
      Mal sehen ob es einfach geht als die Einreise. Als Unterhaltungsprogramm während der letzten Stunde durften wir schon mal drei verschiedene Formulare für den Grenzübertritt ausfüllen. Und stehen wir hier - vorraussichtlich eine Stunde - und dürfen den Zug nicht verlassen. So lange dauert die Kontrolle des Zugs und aller Passagiere durch die Zöllner.
      Phase eins: Alle Passagiere in die Abteile
      Phase zwei: Toiletten werden während des Haltes geschlossen
      Phase drei: Reisepässe werden eingesammelt
      Phase vier: alle Gardinen werden geschlossen
      Phase fünf: unsere Deklarationsformulare werden eingesammelt, überprüft, abgestempelt und wieder ausgegeben
      Phase sechs bis neun: warten
      Phase zehn: das Guthaben meiner Prepaid-SIM ist aufgebraucht
      Phase elf bis 15: der Zug rollt mehrmals jeweils 2000 Meter vor und wieder zurück, bis wir am Schluss wieder genau dort stehen, wo das Rangieren angefangen hat.
      Phase 16: wir erhalten unsere Reisepässe wieder, mit dem Ausreisestempel der Mongolei
      Phase 17: auch in der Mongolei wird dieses Candy Crunch gespielt - zumindest von allen drei Mongolinnen in meinem Abteil
      Phase 18: pünktlich nach 105 Minuten fährt der Zug weiter, die Ausreise hat geklappt
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    • Day24

      Ulaanbaatar-Transsib (710 ,ges. 9.982km)

      September 9, 2018 in Mongolia ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

      Heute steigen wir wieder in den Zug, für unser letztes Stück mit der Transsibirischen Eisenbahn nach China. Diesmal sind es chinesische Wagen mit einer mongolischen Lok. Der Komfort (wieder ein 2er-Abteil) ist deutlich geringer als letztes Mal in den russischen Wagen, der Zug hat aber Charme, ein rollendes Eisenbahnmuseum. Manfred ist besonders beeindruckt, dass der Samowar noch mit Kohle beheizt wird!

      Wir fahren quer durch den östlichen Teil der Wüste Gobi bis zur mongolisch-chinesische Grenze. Hier erfolgen erst mal in 1,5 Stunden die mongolischen Grenzkontrollen (wir bleiben in unserem Abteil und können dabei unseren Blog weiterschreiben).
      Dank der Regenfälle letzte Woche scheint uns die Wüste gar nicht so “wüst”. Wir sehen diesmal auch Kamele, Gazellen einen Hasen und einen Wüstenfuchs!
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