Mongolia – The Gobi Desert – Part 8
This day would be our last in the Gobi Desert, as our goal was the ancient capital of Kharkhorin (Karakorum). First established in the 13th century by Chinggis Khaan, it become the capital of the Mongol Empire under Chinggis’ son, Ögedei. Alas, it only lasted for 40 years, until Kublai Khan moved his capital to Khanbalik , now referred to as Beijing. Our last views of the Gobi included a race with a Russian van for several kilometers through the myriad dirt tracks. We stopped for a break at a small lake, then continued onwards to the Ugly, Russian-built, industrial town of Kharkhorin.