The Trans-Mongolian Railway connects the Trans-Siberian Railway from Ulan Ude in Russia to Beijing in China through the capital Ulan Bator. The Mongolian section of this line runs for 1,110 KM.changing to standard gauge track after entering China. While Mongolian trains run on (4 ft 11 5⁄6 in) (Russian gauge), China uses(4 ft 8 1⁄2 in) (standard gauge). For this reason through carriages between the two countries must have their bogies changed at the border. Each carriage has to be lifted,have its bogies changed and the whole operation, combined with passport and customs control, can take several hours. The Journey took me through the mountainous Shanxi province through the coal mining cities of Datong and Jining. Crossing into the Gobi desert one can spot the rammed earth Great wall, originally built to keep the Mongols out 2000 years ago, interesting landscapes and a slow transformation of productive land to one of snowy vastness, dotted by occasional human presence.
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