Mongolia (+China)

Mongolia

I promised to share a few photos of Mongolia (and my few days in China). It's not the type of content I usually post here, but hopefully some of you might be interested. I'll try to keep it short and sweet :)

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The landscapes were beyond gorgeous. It's such a pure, wild, remote, breathtaking space. The skies and dense, floating clouds are probably what impressed me the most.

Mongolian Przewalski horses

We were lucky enough to see a group of Przewalski's horses. Przewalski's horses are native to Mongolia and are the last remaining breed of wild horse! It was an other-worldly experience. I have a soft spot for horses, and my heart was beating like crazy as I watched them run away from our sight.

Mongolian little friend

Mongolian people (or at least the ones I met), although some seemed cold at first sight, were always kindly, curious and generous. I had so much fun with kids- I don't speak mongolian, but language wasn't really an obstacle to communication.

Mongolian temple Mongolian temples

Temples are colorful and intricate- quite a contrast to the landscapes.

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This looked like Switzerland! I apologize for the bad quality- I took the photo with my phone.

Mongolian lake

That lake was breathtaking. It was a bit cold, but since you can't shower everyday, swimming and washing was a blessing.

Mongolian city

That's what a city looks like in Mongolia (a relatively small one, granted).


After saying adieu to the goats, sheeps, yacks and horses, we took the train from UlaanBaatar (the capital of Mongolia) to Beijing. It's a 30 hours ride- 30 hours of oppressing heat and continuous noise, but quite an adventure.

China- great wall

We headed from Beijing to Gubeiku, a small village that makes a great start point to hikes on the great wall. The great wall... majestic, impressive- I have no words. I wish I had taken better photos of it to show its splendor. It was super hot on that day (about 105°F) and every move to take my camera out of my backpack was a torment. So I only took a couple of photos, then switched to mental photos only.

China- huge green beans + happy cat We only had a few days in China. After barely enough time to take a picture of the longest green beans I have ever seen, pet the happy cats of our hostel, and buy some pu-ehr tea, it was already time to hop on the plane back home.

I could tell much more about my trip, but I promised to keep it short and already broke that promise! If you plan on visiting Mongolia and have any question at all, I'd be delighted to try my best to answer them.

I'll be back to regular blogging tomorrow! Thanks for stopping by today.

45 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing such gorgeous photos! Looks like an amazing trip, I have always wanted to visit Mongolia for some reason, it looks so dreamy!

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    1. It's truly unique, I hope you visit it someday soon!

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  2. The landscape reminds me a lot of Swiss..
    (funny enough I just came back from a trip to Swiss and wrote up a similar post yesterday haha)
    Great photos!!

    and the cat is sooo cute :3
    x
    Jessie

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    1. Absolutely, some parts of Mongolia look like Switzerland! Which part of Switzerland did you visit? I couldn't tell from your blog post.

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  3. it's my dream to go there ! So lucky you are !

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    1. Oh I hope you'll be able to go! It's so beautiful.

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  4. Absolutely beautiful, thanks so much for sharing!

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    1. Thank you so much Jenna Lou!

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  5. This post was the most pleasant part of my day Clemence- thank you! Your photos remind me that there is really so much beauty within this planet of ours. Absolutely gorgeous shots, each and every one. It's a place I never really thought much about visiting and truth be told, I'm still unlikely to see, but I will always think fondly of it now as seen through your camera. Hope you had a wonderful vacation!

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    1. Oh this is the nicest thing to hear. I'm so glad you enjoyed the post- really. Thank you so much for your kind words!

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  6. Such extraordinary photos. Thank you for sharing this land and its people from your sweet and lovely perspective... such a treasure.

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    1. Thank you so much Catherine! I'm thrilled you liked the photos.

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  7. these photos are amazing... thank you so much for sharing, it is so moving !

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    1. Thank you so much Emilie!

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  8. What beautiful pictures! I'd love to go somewhere with such a rich culture so different to my own, like Mongolia!

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    1. Thank you Laura! I love to discover cultures different to my own as well, and yet I always end up thinking that we're all more alike than we might have thought.

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  9. Wow! This really makes me want to pack my bags right away and go travel! Thanks for sharing! Looks ike you had a great trip!

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    1. Travel is the best! Thanks for your comment!

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  10. Amazing pictures and scenery! Beautiful! :)

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    1. Thank you so much Charlotte!

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  11. WOW! Beautiful. Have to go to Mongolia one day. And the little girl is such a cuty.

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    1. Oh I hope you go one day! It's really a wonderful country.

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  12. Oh wow how beautiful is mongolia... i never expect that!
    And amazing pictures...

    Thank's for your Post.
    Glori

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    1. Thanks so much Glory! Mongolia is beautiful indeed :)

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  13. Oh my goodness, what an incredible trip! Mongolia is just beautiful - I can't believe you got to see wild horses!

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    1. I felt so, so lucky to see wild horses! A very moving moment. Thank you for stopping by!

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  14. Gorgeous photos, Clemence! What a beautiful adventure you had!

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    1. Thank you so much Iveth! It was definitely a beautiful trip!

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  15. Love your inspiring pictures :)

    xoxo
    http://singingtuhmbelina.blogspot.com

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  16. Absolutely awe inspiring photos. I looked out the window and saw that we have the exact same clouds today in London, but those rolling hills.. ahh.. wish we could look out the window and see those here instead of endless buildings on the skyline! The lake is gorgeous. What a dream to travel that part of the world. How did you plan your trip - was it through a travel agent?
    Thanks for sharing such beautiful photos, they are really lovely!

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    1. Thank you so much! I would have never thought you had such clouds in London, aren't they amazing? I had never seen clouds like that. It was a dream indeed.
      We planned the China part ourselves, but for the Mongolia part we had to use the services of a travel agent. We decided ourselves, prior to contacting them, which parts of Mongolia we wanted to see and what we wanted to do. Then they found a driver for us (if you want to visit the inner parts, you can't drive by yourself as there are no roads, no maps, and no road signs). We were in an old UAS russian bus (with horrible faux leopard seat covers and mongolian rugs as curtains- so fun!) and had the best driver ever.
      Thanks for your sweet comment!

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  17. you really captured a feeling in your photos, thanks for shareing

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    1. Thank you so much. To me, that's the greatest compliment of all.

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  18. Gorgeous photos - what an amazing trip! Thanks so much for sharing so that we could all tag along vicariously. :)

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    1. Haha, thank you so much Laura!

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  19. This makes me want to go to Mongolia so bad!! I love that you shared these photos!

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    1. Oh I wish you'll be able to go soon Jasmine! It's a really wonderful country to visit.

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  20. Your photos are so greeat! The landscapes are gorgeous! How do you make them so bright? What camera do you have? I would love to know, if you do not mind.

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    1. Thank you so much!
      I have a Nikon D5000, and used a 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 lens. It's not the best lens but it's a relatively cheap and versatile one (and it came with the kit).
      The light in Mongolia was really great, which sure helped making the photos bright! I also did a little bit of post-processing in Photoshop, but tried to keep it to a minimum.

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  21. ooof these pictures are beautiful! a few years ago I was in chengdu, and wish I had the time to explore more of that giant country!

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  22. i love all these pictures. Landscapes were beyond beautiful. That one has a lots of Switzerland looks in it. Don't forget to check out Luxury Hotels.

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  23. مع شركة بسمة الرياض سوف تحصل على واجهة راقية تليق بك فنحن أفضل شركة تنظيف واجهات زجاج بالرياض لأننا نمتلك كل المعدات والمنظفات اللازمة للقيام بعملية تنظيف واجهة بجودة عالية. على الرغم من اعطاء الواجهات الزجاجية مظهرآ رائع الا انها تمتلك احد العيوب الا وهو حدوث تجمع للأتربة عليها بشكل مستمر لذلك نحن نمتلك فريق عمل وفرنا له رافعات حديثة حيث يستطيعوا التعامل مع جميع ارتفاعات المباني المختلفة بالاضافة لاستخدام منظفات خاصة لا تحدث خدش بالزجاج وتجعله نظيف ولامع فمعنا سوف تجعل واجهتك جديدة باستمرار.
    نحن جميعآ نعلم أن الواجهة الزجاجية من أصعب الواجهات فى التنظيف لكنها فى نفس الوقت اذا كنت صاحب فندق علي سبيل المثال تعطي للنزلاء انطباعآ جماليآ لا ينسى لمكان سحر وفى حالة أن كنت تريد الحصول على واجهة شركة تليق بسمعة علامتك التجارية فنحن سوف نوفر لك ما تود الحصول عليه بالاضافة طبعآ لخدمات تنظيف الواجهات لعملاءنا الاعزاء اصحاب المنازل والفلل.
    شركة تنظيف واجهات حجر بالرياض تبحث عن الجديد دائمآ لارضاء عملاءها وجعلهم يرتقون بأعمالهم ومنازلهم.

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