A few words to say that wordpress is blocked in China. However we can e-mail posts on to our blog – though no chance to format them, i.e. no captions, and all images end up in a gallery – we hope this is not too annoying for you!
Anyway, we boarded the train to Beijing leaving Ulan Bator and the large plains of Mongolia. The train was the most basic yet, with a mixture of Mongolian, Chinese and "foreigners" like ourselves. The border took 6 hours to cross, with lots more immigration and customs forms to fill in as usual! The border was particularly on alert, as it turns out that the Dalai Lama is or was in Mongolia, which meant China’s border to Mongolia was on high security!