Ulaanbaatar, 23rd July 2007

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Chengis Khan statue

We were met at the station by our tour guide, Zobloo, who took us to a nearby hotel for a much needed wash and breakfast.  The hotel was run by Japanese so it had a traditional Japanese bath house.  There were a few grumbles from those not familiar with this way of washing but being such a seasoned traveller (ha-ha! Well, I have been to Japan at least), I knew exactly what to do, and swiftly stripped off and took my place on one of the little stools that line the shower wall.   It was such a relief to have a wash that the British reserve evaporated pretty instantly for those feeling a little shy.

After a fab breakfast and no longer feeling stinky, we headed off on a city walking tour...

Our first stop was Sukhebaatar Square in the centre of the city.

The public phone box
The imposing statue of Chengis Khan at one end of the Square is pretty impressive.  As in most cities, the square seems to be the heart of city life - the most important buildings line the square, brides and grooms come to have their picture with Chengis and demonstrators come to spread their word....

From there we walked down Enkh-Taivany Boulevard, or Peace Avenue as it’s otherwise known, to visit the Great Temple at the Gandah Monastery.  On route, we passed a man sitting on the side of the street with a telephone in his lap....initial thought...just some crazy local with a perhaps unhealthy attachment to his telephone but then a local approached him, passed him some money and started to make a call.  We quickly realised this was Mongolia’s answer to a public telephone!  Quite surreal!

The Great Temple is a site worth seeing in Ulaanbaatar.

Maybe the oldest monk in Mongolia?
  At its centre is a giant statue of Buddha, which was made from 200 pieces of copper and then gilded with gold.  Buddha is then surrounded by hundreds of prayer wheels, which devoted followers and hordes of tourists file pass and spin each day.

We then started to walk back towards the square in the now hardcore heat, stopping off in a bank along the way to allow some of the group to change some money.  Lunch was next on the agenda.... Strangely we were taken to a Western restaurant. Not the experience we were expecting or wanting but hey hoe, at least it had air con and cold beer so Lady Liz was happy!

After lunch we took a transfer to our Ger camp at a place called Elstei, which is 1.5 hours outside of the city...

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Chengis Khan statue
Chengis Khan statue
The public phone box
The public phone box
Maybe the oldest monk in Mongolia?
Maybe the oldest monk in Mongolia?
Monks at the monastery
Monks at the monastery
The Gandah Monastery
The Gandah Monastery
Getting ready to go on the city to…
Getting ready to go on the city t…
Where the politicians work
Where the politicians work
Ulaanbaatars trading exchange and…
Ulaanbaatar's trading exchange an…
Standing in the square
Standing in the square
Cant remember what this is!
Can't remember what this is!
The entrance to the Gandah Monaste…
The entrance to the Gandah Monast…
Prayer wheels
Prayer wheels
Me with the backdrop of the mounta…
Me with the backdrop of the mount…
A young monk at the Gandah Monaste…
A young monk at the Gandah Monast…
Outside the temple
Outside the temple
A shop called Morning Glory
A shop called Morning Glory
On Peace Avenue
On Peace Avenue
A happy couple having their pictur…
A happy couple having their pictu…
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