We went to the Choijin Lama Temple museum because we had seen it from our dinner the night before and were curious. I’d read about the temple when researching Ulaanbaatar, but it hadn’t made my list of sights to see.
That was a mistake of impressive porportions. This place is amazing. I think it should be at the top of every tourist list. Read more
The plane stayed low enough and the clouds sparse enough that we could see ground from the window for most of the flight from Beijing to Ulaanbaatar. For the first 20 minutes or so I marvelled at the expanse of mountains, which seemed neverending. I imagined being on a train, snaking through those mountains towards Mongolia. It must be beautiful. Read more
I mentioned the name of the hotel we stayed in while in Beijing a couple of times: The HuLu Hotel. The HuLu Hotel was wonderful. It’s in a central location, tucked away down one of the hutongs. Staying there, I really felt at home in Beijing. Read more
I’m all typed out, so just the pictures of the Lama Temple. Read more
You might think the big event of my single day in Beijing was the Great Wall. Or even the Lama Temple. Or walking around Beijing, buying $2 umbrellas when we’re caught in a downpour, or finding a restaurant and ordering food in a hutong near our hotel.
But no. The big event was finding someplace to change money. For a cash-based economy, China really makes it incomprehensively difficult to change US Dollars into Chinese RMB. Read more