Ni hao from the Air China Business Lounge Beijing!
I was in Ulaanbaatar a bit for some work, and as my agency doesn’t have a dorm in Ulaanbaatar (hell, I didn’t even know Ulaanbaatar had clinics), I stayed at the Ramada, which my agency paid for. The joys of not working in Hong Kong, Beijing or Shanghai… 😛
Ramada Ulaanbaatar Citycenter King Bed Non-Smoking Room
I’ve spent a day or two off in other cities after work, including Tokyo and Shanghai, and even my favourite city, Hanoi.
Streets of Hanoi
But I did the same in Ulaanbaatar, and bloody hell, Ulaanbaatar was just surreal.
It was totally surreal in a different way than I’d ever have imagined it to be.
Ulaanbaatar trans-Siberian Train Station
Studies show that Ulaanbaatar is the most polluted city on Earth. Well, I guess so. But it didn’t feel smoggy (if you know what I mean) – it felt charming, like after a rainy day at all times. It was never glaringly hot…almost like it felt like it just finished raining 24/7 (except that the floor was dry).
Streets of Ulaanbaatar
The vibe felt like St. Petersburg’s which I had visited a few years ago – since Ulaanbaatar isn’t that populated and is really big, it actually felt even more “relaxing”, as everything is spread out.
Sukbaatar Square Ulaanbaatar
As I’ll have an installment on Ulaanbaatar in my trip report, I won’t add any more details. At least, I liked the stores there…
I can’t wait to return again…for leisure. I’d definitely want to visit more of Mongolia (and Inner Mongolia).
Air China Boeing 737-800 Business Class