According to our wanderings through the Gobi we have to hurry to get to the border Erenhot Mongolia China.
Border Mongolia China Erenhot
We are still in Dalagazad and there are two ways: 350km across the Gobi, sand dunes, marsh, and debris without a road or via Ulan Bator about 1,200 kilometres, but with temporarily paved road. We to go through Ulan-Bator and we are surprised: Except for the first few miles behind Dalagazad where the paved road is not finished yet, the way to the border is completely paved. We drove 1200 km in two days.
Before the border we have still time to eliminate the Gobi-spoors at Loki. Inside the oil air filter is a layer of sand almost 1cm high, also we have everything cleaned and changed only before 1,500 km. The Gobi sand is fine and is sticking everywhere. The oil is so sandy that it could only be changes with a warm engine. A Mongol, who helped us to organize new oil, invites us to eat with his family. In his apartment Mongolian alcohol and many Mongolian delicacies are served. As a large plate filled with offal comes in the form of a butcher plate on the table, we flee. This is too much for our stomachs and taste buds.
The next day we go to the border. Again we are confronted with demands for money that we can not understand: 5.000Tugrik (3USD) for ??? and 300Yuan (50USD) for ??? The Mongols can not justify too, so we do not want to pay. The give up the 5.000Tugrik and reduce from 50 USD to 20USD. But the receipt is issued on 150yuan and we are supposed to pay in USD. Something’s wrong there. We try to wait out the matter. But the Mongols are raving again and try to snatch the passes. We pay and get to the border.
Everything here is really simple and fast. The pass A38 is stamped repeatedly, the car inspected and we allowed going out. Well, not quite that simple. We must always stand up to the Mongols, which try to avoid the whole queue. But we have seen already worse.
Border Mongolia China Erenhot
At the Chinese border, the world seems to be different. Even the Mongols are standing in a row. We meet Toni, our guide, and everything seems to go quickly. The Chinese have our documents; one or two officials lead us from counter to counter and control the car. After an hour we are done, or not? China, Erenhot officials discovered at Suri 2 a world map, a political one. This must be untacked. Apparently the Chinese borders are not shown “exactly”. Walter and Ruth refuse to remove their lovingly attached card with their previous travel routes. After some discussion, Walter cuts off whole China from the world map. The officials looking puzzled, but the problem is solved: no wrong borders on the world map any longer. So we can go now?
No. Toni tells us the formalities are not yet completed and we have to leave our cars overnight at the border. We ourselves may enter and stay in a hotel but without cars.
The next morning Toni is already waiting with our Chinese driving licenses. But the cars are not decontrolled. The Chinese demand a higher bailout. The agency paid. After the lunch break (11: 30am to 15h) everything is ready. We are allowed to pick up our cars, but the local police has yet to release the vehicles and need our TÜV report (MOT certificate) – of course in Chinese. The Agency has to work again. The next day everything is ready. After two days of border formalities we head towards Beijing:
With this Gaby and Christian on their Mercedes Rundhauber (round hood version)
Verena and Benni on their VW bus
Ruth and Walter on their Toyota