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Between steppe and dunes

semi-overcast 20 °C

That's how I can describe the last leg of the train journey. The Gobi desert, set between Mongolia and China, is a mix of these two. Some people prefer not to call it a desert, due to the lack of dunes, but Gobi is a desert, geomorphically speaking, thanks to its terrain, climate and specific flora/fauna. Besides, it always has some nice dunes, altough not so big as those in Namibe, of course. And I saw a lot of camels!
The trip comes to a halt at the border, not only because of the usual passport control, but also due to the bogie-changing (Russian and Mongolian railways have a wider gauge), an operation worthwhile to see even inside the train.
Still in the outskirts of Beijing, one can perceive the huge permanent smog that affects and covers the city...

Posted by Billabongirl 08:24 Archived in Mongolia

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