PANAM-SUR 2012
Ulaanbaatar & Around
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Welcome to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolias capital

Welcome to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolias capital
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Where half of the population lives

Where half of the population lives
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Oasis Gusethouse- a travelers and Overlanders meeting point

Oasis Gusethouse- a travelers and Overlanders meeting point
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Exploring the city, starting with the Sukhbaatar square

Exploring the city, starting with the Sukhbaatar square
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The Parliament...

The Parliament...
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...with a huge Chinggis Khaan statue

...with a huge Chinggis Khaan statue
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Old meets new all over the city

Old meets new all over the city
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The Opera House

The Opera House
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The statue of the hero Sukhbaatar

The statue of the hero Sukhbaatar
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This lady is wearing the tradional Deel

This lady is wearing the tradional Deel
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Designer boutiques for the new-rich

Designer boutiques for the new-rich
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Heiko can never resist some ice cream

Heiko can never resist some ice cream
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Ready for the Euro Cup

Ready for the Euro Cup
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The Ikh Delguur state department store, a leftover from the Soviet era

The Ikh Delguur state department store, a leftover from the Soviet era
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The Morin Khuu- the hoseheaded two-stringed fiddle

The Morin Khuu- the hoseheaded two-stringed fiddle
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The Blue Sky Hotel and Tower is dominating UB's "skyline"

The Blue Sky Hotel and Tower is dominating UB's "skyline"
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The Entrance to the Choijn Monastery Museum

The Entrance to the Choijn Monastery Museum
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Former monastery and temple complex, built for the younger brother of the 8th Bogd

Former monastery and temple complex, built for the younger brother of the 8th Bogd
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It also housed the state oracle

It also housed the state oracle
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Leaving the city...

Leaving the city...
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...to explore the surrounding area

...to explore the surrounding area
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Best friends...

Best friends...
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On the way to the Millenium Man

On the way to the Millenium Man
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Tsngij Boldog- the historical place where Ghinggis Khaan found the Golden Whip

Tsngij Boldog- the historical place where Ghinggis Khaan found the Golden Whip
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Next morning the sun was out again and the Great Man was shining...

Next morning the sun was out again and the Great Man was shining...
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40 m high, made from stainless steel

40 m high, made from stainless steel
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Impressive!

Impressive!
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By the time of his death in 1227 the Mongol Empire stretched from the Pacific Ocean to Europe and from Siberia to Sumatra

By the time of his death in 1227 the Mongol Empire stretched from the Pacific Ocean to Europe and from Siberia to Sumatra
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Ger camp at the foot of the monument

Ger camp at the foot of the monument
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Clear sight for the road

Clear sight for the road
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Soviet style apartment buildings

Soviet style apartment buildings
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And American style gated-communities

And American style gated-communities
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The road to...

The road to...
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...the Gorkhi-Terelij National Park

...the Gorkhi-Terelij National Park
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3rd largest protected area just outside of UB

3rd largest protected area just outside of UB
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Yaks!

Yaks!
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Stupa along the road

Stupa along the road
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Many rock formations throughout the park- this one is the Turle rock

Many rock formations throughout the park- this one is the Turle rock
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Going up the road the landscape reminds us of home

Going up the road the landscape reminds us of home
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End of the road for us

End of the road for us
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The Terelij River

The Terelij River
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We found a great campsite along the Tuul Gol

We found a great campsite along the Tuul Gol
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Time to do some maintenance on the truck

Time to do some maintenance on the truck
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Heiko is working hard...

Heiko is working hard...
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...while the neighbor kids are having fun

...while the neighbor kids are having fun
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The next Super Model

The next Super Model
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The little Princess

The little Princess
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Definitely another future Top model

Definitely another future Top model
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This family came, looked and conquered us

This family came, looked and conquered us
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So much fun!!!

So much fun!!!
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Mom is getting driving lessons from Dad who bought his drivers license

Mom is getting driving lessons from Dad who bought his drivers license
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It might help to have a solar-powered prayer wheel and a Khadag

It might help to have a solar-powered prayer wheel and a Khadag
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After they left, another neighbor brought a typical Mongol dinner for us to taste

After they left, another neighbor brought a typical Mongol dinner for us to taste
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Finally time to relax after everybody left

Finally time to relax after everybody left
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Back on the road to UB

Back on the road to UB
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Sheep skins

Sheep skins
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New development next to...

New development next to...
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...traditional Ger quarters on the city's outskirts

...traditional Ger quarters on the city's outskirts
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Definitely back in the city

Definitely back in the city
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The Bogd Khan Winter Palace Museum

The Bogd Khan Winter Palace Museum
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Built from 1893 to 1903

Built from 1893 to 1903
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Served as living quarters of Mongolias last leader, the 8th Bogd Javzan Damba Hutagt...

Served as living quarters of Mongolias last leader, the 8th Bogd Javzan Damba Hutagt...
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...who lived right here for more than 20 years

...who lived right here for more than 20 years
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The protecting spirits at the entrance

The protecting spirits at the entrance
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The museum displays a lot of religious and cultural artifacts from the 17th to the 20th century

The museum displays a lot of religious and cultural artifacts from the 17th to the 20th century
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The Buddha Park with its 18m tall gilded image of Sakyamuni

The Buddha Park with its 18m tall gilded image of Sakyamuni
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The Zaisan Monument

The Zaisan Monument
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A gift from the Russians

A gift from the Russians
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Also a great view point

Also a great view point
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UB on the slope of the Khentii mountains

UB on the slope of the Khentii mountains
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Back to Oasis Guesthouse

Back to Oasis Guesthouse
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A short stop to check out a motorhome for Mongolias ultra-rich

A short stop to check out a motorhome for Mongolias ultra-rich
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Another stop for some maintenance

Another stop for some maintenance
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New overlanders have arrive, we are 12 different Nationalities now

New overlanders have arrive, we are 12 different Nationalities now
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Another day with more sightseeing

Another day with more sightseeing
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Entrance to the Gandan Monastery and Traditional Medicine & Astrology College

Entrance to the Gandan Monastery and Traditional Medicine & Astrology College
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Mostly destroyed in 1938, but reopened in 1944 under strict socialist government supervison

Mostly destroyed in 1938, but reopened in 1944 under strict socialist government supervison
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Home of 10 datsunsinstitutes) and temples with 900 monks and the Buddhist University of Mongolia

Home of 10 datsunsinstitutes) and temples with 900 monks and the Buddhist University of Mongolia
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The Midgjed Janraisig Temple

The Midgjed Janraisig Temple
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The 26m high gilded Janraisig statue

The 26m high gilded Janraisig statue
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A replacement for the original one that was destroyed by the Red Army

A replacement for the original one that was destroyed by the Red Army
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Dechengalpa Datsan

Dechengalpa Datsan
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The Vajradhara Temple

The Vajradhara Temple
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Gandantegchenling

Gandantegchenling
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Taking the bus to the Black Market

Taking the bus to the Black Market
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Here you find everything you need and more

Here you find everything you need and more
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Traditional Ger furniture

Traditional Ger furniture
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A mobil ATM machine

A mobil ATM machine
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Ger accessories

Ger accessories
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Back in UB's insane traffic, leaving the city for good

Back in UB's insane traffic, leaving the city for good
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Nothing he can really do

Nothing he can really do
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