Part 1- Beijing to Ulaan Baatar
A journey thru 3 countries, over 8515km and countless days and nights on the trains. Our first section starts from Beijing. This is the shortest train ride of our trans-Siberia Rail journey and as we move along the days merge into nights and when we finally arrived at Moscow we couldn’t get down fast enough from the train. Needless to say we were real glad to have our feet back on solid ground.
1st Leg: Beijing (China) to Ulaan Baatar (Mongolia).
Train No. K3 Hard Sleeper Class (4 berth/cabin)
Depart Beijing 24/Sep 11.22 (Beijing time) Arrive Ulaan Baatar 25/Sep 14.20 (UB time)
Total 27 hours.
Arriving into Beijing late at 1 am from Kuala Lumpur on Airasia, our van pick up and transfer straight to our guesthouse near the old Beijing area.
The rain continued as we enter the Forbidden Palace. Tourists under umbrella and raincoat filled the palace ground. Moving along the covered walkway when the rain gets too heavy, there is not much choice of angle and perspective to shoot from.
By late afternoon, some of us had enough of the wet weather and decided to return to our guesthouse. Sitting outside the café next to the guesthouse, sipping beer and coffee, we watch the Beijing lives goes by under the rain.
Our cabin sleeps 4 persons with a small table top in between. We spend most of the time sitting on the lower bed, as there is hardly any space to move in the cabin. Hot water is available at the coach; there is a toilet but no shower.
The last station before we cross over to Mongolia. The train stop for a few hours at about midnight at the Elian Station. We were told to get down and wait at the station or stay inside our coach for about 3 hours, while they pull the train into the workshop to changed the rail.