top10: Mongolia

Time for another top10 post, showcasing the best photos I’ve managed to take on my travels.

A quick recap of the rules:

  • Ten photos per country.
  • They must be taken by me.
  • No fakery, staging, or zoos.
  • Photos are chosen because I think they show something particularly interesting, characteristic of the country, encapsulating a vivid memory I hold of that place, or just for being pretty.

This installment: Mongolia. Let’s go.

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#10
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The Kublai Khan and Genghis Khan statues watch over the main square in Ulaanbaatar

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#9
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Ulaanbaatar to Beijing. There’s such adventure and promise held in this small plaque on the side of my train.

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#8
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Ok, so I’m cheating a little here- I obviously didn’t take it, but it was too cool to omit. How often do you get to hold a Golden Eagle?

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#7
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The chimney of my ger in the Terelj national park.

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#6
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These kids are the competitors in a fierce cross-country race across 20km of open steppe. It’s an intense race, often killing the hardy Mongolian horses, and hugely impressive at this age.

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#5
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Me with the girls in front of my ger.

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#4
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I love this photo. It’s taken outside the main stadium in UB, as the performers are surging inside. There’s the entire spectrum here; the guy on the left with the ‘t-shirt roll’ style of the provincial Chinese, the guy on the right in the latest fashions, and the young guys in traditional battle dress hanging around inbetween.

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#3
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Detail of small figures built into the fence surrounding a small buddhist monastery in the hills.

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#2
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Just some guys hanging out on their horses, buying some drinks. They are as comfortable on horseback as most people are on foot.

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#1
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The view down from a temple, across the plain, to ‘Turtle Rock’ in the distance. This encapsulates the side of Mongolia I remember most- its beautiful open landscapes and rugged terrain. It is truly one of the most stunning places I’ve ever been to.

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