The Three international trains(国际列车guójì lièchē) are operated between the Chinese capital city Beijing(北京Běijīng) and the capital of Mongolia Ulan Bator(乌兰巴托Wūlán-Bātuō), namely, train No.K03 (departs from Beijing), K23 (departs from Beijing) and K23 (departs from Ulan Bator). All of them set out in the morning at 08:05 and get to the destination the next day afternoon around 13:20 after 30 hours ride.

K03:departs from Beijing every Wednesday, runs all year around; (K03 is a train pass by Ulan Bator and with Moscow being its final destination.)
K23:departs from Beijing on every Tuesday, runs from June 5 to October 23 in 2012;
K23:departs from Ulan Bator on every Saturday, runs from June 2, 2012 to May 25, 2013 in the coming year.

All trains provide hard sleepers, soft sleepers and deluxe cabins, of which the later two are our recommended for our customers. Both soft sleepers and deluxe cabins are in separate cabins with independent doors and lights. As for soft sleepers, there are upper berth and lower berth, and four berths compose one cabin; while a deluxe cabin contains only two berths.

Generally, a ticket for a berth of deluxe cabin costs about CNY2350, and CNY100-200 is short for a soft sleeper. Normally, the ticket should be booked one or two months in advance with valid documentation such as passport of the passenger. In addition, CNY200 is charged as the deposit for one ticket which will be non-refundable if cancel booking. If more questions or any need for booking the ticket, you can contact us via contact@visitourchina.com.

General introduction to Mongolia

A nation mainly inhabited by Halh Mongolians (which accounts for 80% of the total population: 2.6 million by 2007) with other 15 minorities, Mongolia is known as a country of grassland with vast land but sparsely populated. In Mongolia, most people follow Lamaism, a quarter of the population live in the capital Ulan Bator, and agricultural population are mostly nomads. Therefore, the vast grasslands, yurts and ovoo (holy piled rocks of Mongolians) contributed to a typical picture of Mongolia.

Falling within the continental climate, the temperature difference between day and night is quite large in Mongolia. July and August serve as the best time for travelling, and after September, most yurt hotels will be closed; while in cold winter, it is a destination turns to be a ski resort. The particularly recommended time for travelling to Mongolia is during Nadam Fair, which is a Mongolian traditional fair celebrated for centuries and happens from July 11 to July 13 every year. It is the most significant festival in the country that people will wear their most gorgeous national costumes and conduct colorful featured celebrations and athletics, such as wrestling, horse racing, archery, singing and dancing when moving round their saint ovoo, and bustling interflow of commodities.

Recommended tourist spots in Mongolia: the ancient city of Kharkhorin, Lake Hovsgol, Omno-Gobi, Altai Tavan Bogd National Park, Uvs Nuur Lake, Gun-Galuut Nature Reserve, Gorkhi-Terelj National Park, Khustain Nuruu National Park.