Mongolian yurt

The mystic Yellow Mountain in Anhui

Musings on Mongolia

On the road from Ulaan Baatar to a ger camp You would think that China and Mongolia, countries with a lengthy common border and an inextricably linked history would boast at least superficial similarities but...
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On the Road in Inner Mongolia: Naadam Festival and Cooking Lesson on the Xilamuren Grasslands

After Wednesday night’s festivities on the grasslands, I wasn’t sure that anything could top our bonfire / singing / storytelling experience. However, Thursday proved to be equally eye-opening, with more hands-on activities and more unique...
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Man enjoying his tea

On the Road in Inner Mongolia: Day 3 (con’t)

As night fell on the grasslands after our afternoon of yurt building, Shirley, my fellow local guides, our guides and I left our nomadic accommodations for nighttime revelry, Inner Mongolia-style. The sun sets over the...
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Chinese door in Hutong alley

On the Road in Inner Mongolia: Day 3 con’t. – Constructing Yurts on the Xilamuren Grasslands

In my last post on Inner Mongolia, I discussed Shirley’s and my arrival to Inner Mongolia’s grasslands. After arriving, we took our guests to build yurts – traditional nomadic housing with a circular wooden frame...
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