A quick stop over in Mongolia while traveling on the Trans Mongolian Railway allowed us to witness some of the Naadam Festival, see the Genghis Khan Equestrian Statue and Gorkhi-Terelj National Park and eat plenty of Huushuur!

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First class on the Trans-Mongolian Railway from Beijing to Ulan Bator.

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First class on the Trans-Mongolian Railway from Beijing to Ulan Bator.

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Somewhere in China on the Trans-Mongolian Railway

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First class on the Trans-Mongolian Railway from Beijing to Ulan Bator.

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Somewhere in China on the Trans-Mongolian Railway

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Somewhere in China on the Trans-Mongolian Railway

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Changing the gauge at the China-Mongolia border.

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Our first views of Mongolia the following morning.

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Our first views of Mongolia the following morning.

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Our first views of Mongolia the following morning.

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On our way to Ulan Bator, Mongolia, on the Trans-Mongolian Railway.

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On our way to Ulan Bator, Mongolia, on the Trans-Mongolian Railway.

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Mongolian soldiers gather outside the arena in Ulan Bator before the opening ceremony of the Naadam Festival.

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The opening ceremony of the Naadam Festival in Ulan Bator, Mongolia.

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The opening ceremony of the Naadam Festival in Ulan Bator, Mongolia.

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Ankle bone shooting (Shagai) during the Naadam Festival in Ulan Bator, Mongolia.

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Bus drivers wait outside the opening ceremony of the Naadam Festival in Ulan Bator, Mongolia.

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Locals watch horse racing from horseback during the Naadam Festival in Mongolia.

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Locals watch horse racing from horseback during the Naadam Festival in Mongolia.

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Locals watch horse racing from horseback during the Naadam Festival in Mongolia.

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Locals watch horse racing from horseback during the Naadam Festival in Mongolia.

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Locals watch horse racing from horseback during the Naadam Festival in Mongolia.

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Locals watch horse racing from horseback during the Naadam Festival in Mongolia.

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Locals watch horse racing from horseback during the Naadam Festival in Mongolia.

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Locals watch horse racing from horseback during the Naadam Festival in Mongolia.

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Locals watch horse racing during the Naadam Festival in Mongolia.

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Locals watch horse racing from horseback during the Naadam Festival in Mongolia.

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Touch the sweat of the winning horse for good luck – Naadam Festival

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Locals return to their cars after the conclusion of long-distance horse racing, part of the Naadam Festival, outside Ulan Bator, Mongolia.

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Youngsters compete in archery during the Naadam Festival in Ulan Bator, Mongolia.

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A man and his pony outside the festivities of the Naadam Festival in Ulan Bator, Mongolia.

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Stare down, Mongolia.

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Genghis Khan Equestrian Statue, Mongolia.

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Genghis Khan Equestrian Statue, Mongolia.

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Visiting the Genghis Khan Equestrian Statue with friends in Mongolia.

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Sad to see such a grand bird captured and turned into a tourist attraction in Mongolia.

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Sad to see such a grand bird captured and turned into a tourist attraction in Mongolia.

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A day trip to visit Gorkhi-Terelj National Park, Mongolia.

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A day trip to visit Gorkhi-Terelj National Park, Mongolia.

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A day trip to visit Gorkhi-Terelj National Park, Mongolia.

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A day trip to visit Gorkhi-Terelj National Park, Mongolia.

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A day trip to visit Gorkhi-Terelj National Park, Mongolia.

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A day trip to visit Gorkhi-Terelj National Park, Mongolia.

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A day trip to visit Gorkhi-Terelj National Park, Mongolia.

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An amazing storm moves in on the drive back to Ulan Bator, Mongolia.

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An amazing storm moves in on the drive back to Ulan Bator, Mongolia.

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Downtown Ulan Bator, Mongolia.

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Downtown Ulan Bator, Mongolia.

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Downtown Ulan Bator, Mongolia.

Trans Mongolian Railway

Awaiting our train out of Ulan Bator on our way to the Russian border.

Trans Mongolian Railway

Our train to Russia.

Trans Mongolian Railway

Awaiting our train out of Ulan Bator on our way to the Russian border.

Ladies and gentlemen, the Mongolia-Russia border!

Ladies and gentlemen, the Mongolia-Russia border!

Next photo gallery: Irkutsk and Lake Baikal, Russia!

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Mark quit everything to travel the world for a year with his wife, Britnee. Along the way, he picked up a love for many other things, including illy coffee, Nepal, Bolivianos bills, and Thai beaches. Now happily home in Utah, Mark is a balding marketing professional with a mountain biking addiction.

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