It’s been six years since I traveled from Hong Kong to Outer Mongolia. Arriving at Chinggis Khaan Airport, long-time friends waited in the concourse to welcome me back to Mongolia. The wonderful reunions made me wonder why I stayed away so long. The people are incredible and the land is amazing.
Besides seeing friends, one of my favorite things to do in Mongolia is to sleep in a comfy ger at the Oasis Guesthouse in Ulan Bator.
The group of friends I traveled with, my daughter, and I spent a couple of days sightseeing, which included a visit to the “Chinggis Khan Statue Park.”
Mongolia’s wide-open spaces were breathtaking.
Next, we were off to the “National Park Mongolia 13thCentury.” Guards, dressed in full uniform from the time-period, sat on horseback as we entered through the gate. We traveled through more beautiful wide open spaces.
The park is located 96 km from Ulan Bator in Erdene Sum, Tuv Province. It is a recreation of a Chinggis Khaan settlement, set up in a number of stations, or camps. The first stop was the Royal Ger.
In the royal ger, we dressed in special costumes and took lots of photos. The outfits were quite heavy. I’m sure they kept the wearers warm during the cold Mongolian winters.
There were a number of other amazing stations depicting this time period.
After a weekend of playing the tourist, we traveled by bumpy bus into the countryside to conduct a summer camp for nearly one-hundred kids who normally live in a government-run orphanage throughout the year.
We woke early every morning to the sound of revelry.
It was glorious fun to run and play, even at my “old” age, and experience the joy and radiant smiles of the children. I received so much more joy than I could ever give.
*This post is inspired by Thursday Doors, hosted by Norm Frampton. For more interesting doors from all around the globe, check it out.