After traveling around Mongolia for two weeks, we continue to our last part of the Trans-Mongolian Express; the train from Ulaanbaatar to Beijing. We find ourselves in the nice company of a British couple with whom we share the train cabin for 30 hours. As with previous border crossings, crossing the border between Mongolia and China takes time. Especially because of the changing of the undercarriage of the train. Because Mongolia has a different kind of rails than China, the whole train is being air lifted with machines at the border, while we are still in it. In a large hangar, the Chinese chassis gets pushed underneath the train and gets installed… et voilà; the Trans-Mongolia Express is ready to travel through China.
After 1,600 kilometres, including a drive through more than 60 tunnels, we arrive at the final destination; Beijing. Here, our adventure around China continues, but for many train passengers the plane back home awaits, after spending a few days in the Chinese capital of course.