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Crossing the Chinese/Mongolian Border by Land

What a fascinating trip. I just did this route -

Beijing -> Erlianhaote -> Zamyn Uud -> Ulan Bator

Why do I choose such circuitous, crazy routes? Well, lots of reasons.

I want to understand as much as I can about the world, and taking out of the way routes - especially through important border towns - teaches a lot.

Often, you can manage a route like this in a way that's much less expensive than direct flights. Yes, time is money, but money is also money.

Poor Salesmanship

A slight dust kicks up in the hot air, walking in the shadow of China World in Beijing.

It's a city with some of the best salesmanship in the world -- and some of the world.

The Chinese hustle. They work hard and constantly, relentlessly sell.

But sometimes their sales skills need some work.

I'm walking past a booth adverting a gym with swimming pool, tennis, and nice facilities.

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