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Getting ready to board the train the train to Ulan Bator, Mongolia at the Beijing Railway station.

Getting ready to board the train the train to Ulan Bator, Mongolia at the Beijing Railway station.

 

Inside the train compartment. There are 4 people to one compartment.

Inside the train compartment. There are 4 people to one compartment.

 

Instructions for the toilet on our Mongolian train.

Instructions for the toilet on our Mongolian train.

 

The diesel engine for our Mongolian train. The symbol on the front of the train is the Mongolian national symbol.

The diesel engine for our Mongolian train. The symbol on the front of the train is the Mongolian national symbol.

 

Ahlem, from France, was one of my travel companions.

Ahlem, from France, was one of my travel companions.

 

Zhang Qiao, from China, was another of my travel companions.

Zhang Qiao, from China, was another of my travel companions.

 

The main Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Mongolia, is called 'Ganden' is in Ulan Bator Mongolia. Ganden is named after the famous Ganden monastery of Lhasa, Tibet.

The main Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Mongolia, called 'Ganden', is in Ulan Bator Mongolia. Ganden is named after the famous Ganden monastery of Lhasa, Tibet.

 

One of the other building at Ganden Monastery, Ulan Bator, Mongolia.

One of the other buildings at Ganden Monastery, Ulan Bator, Mongolia.

 

Roof tops at Ganden Monastery, Ulan Bator, Mongolia.

Roof tops at Ganden Monastery, Ulan Bator, Mongolia.

 

Small temple at Ganden Monastery, Ulan Bator, Mongolia.

A small temple at Ganden Monastery, Ulan Bator, Mongolia.

 

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama came Ulan Bator, Mongolia on August 22, 2006. Just 2 days after I had left.

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama came Ulan Bator, Mongolia on August 22, 2006. Just 2 days after I had left.

 

Mongolians walking around a stupa at Ganden Monastery, Ulan Bator, Mongolia.

Mongolians walking around a stupa at Ganden Monastery, Ulan Bator, Mongolia.

 

Chinese style buildings at Ganden Monastery, Ulan Bator, Mongolia.

Chinese style buildings at Ganden Monastery, Ulan Bator, Mongolia.

 

A large pray wheel at Ganden Monastery, Ulan Bator, Mongolia.

A large pray wheel at Ganden Monastery, Ulan Bator, Mongolia.

 

An old trailer in Ulan Bator, Mongolia.

An old trailer in Ulan Bator, Mongolia.

 

Men talking in central Ulan Bator, Mongolia.

Men talking in central Ulan Bator, Mongolia.

 

Ulan Bator has a population of about 800,000 but many people live in yurts.

Ulan Bator has a population of about 800,000 but many people live in yurts.

 

A image of Genghis Khan on the hills outside of Ulan Bator, Mongolia.

A image of Genghis Khan on the hills outside of Ulan Bator, Mongolia.

 

Taking a bus out to Terelj National Park to the west of Ulan Bator, Mongolia

Taking a bus out to Terelj National Park to the west of Ulan Bator, Mongolia.

 

We stayed in this yurt for 3 nights in a place near the famous 'turtle rock'.

We stayed in this yurt for 3 nights in a place near the famous 'turtle rock'.

 

Often Mongolians will have a small house to cook food in or store things in, but they will sleep and live in their yurts.

Often Mongolians will have a small house to cook food in or store things in, but they will sleep and live in their yurts.

 

We took a couple hour horse ride to the home of our friends mother's house.

We took a couple hour horse ride to the home of our friends mother's house.

 

Even though Mongolians often live in yurts, they may have a car that they use to get to town.

Even though Mongolians often live in yurts, they may have a car that they use to get to town.

 

Our host getting one of the horses ready.

Our host getting one of the horses ready.

 

One of the children of the family.

One of the children of the family.

 

Our guide for the horse trip on the right.

Our guide for the horse trip on the right.

 

Zhang Qiao on horse back.

Zhang Qiao on horse back.

 

A distant monastery.

A distant monastery.

 

Ray taking a self-portrait while on horse back.

Ray taking a self-portrait while on horse back.

 

An old coral in the forest.

An old coral in the forest.

 

Prayer flags and a pile of offering stones at the top of a pass.

Prayer flags and a pile of offering stones at the top of a pass.

 

A feast of tasty food was prepared for us for  lunch.

A feast of tasty food was prepared for us for lunch.

 

After lunch, looking out of the yurt into the horse field.

After lunch, looking out of the yurt into the horse field.

 

Sina, a modern Mongolian woman, on horseback with her mobile phone.

Sain, a modern Mongolian woman, on horseback with her mobile phone.

 

Returning back to our yurts.

Returning back to our yurts.

 

 

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