Despite choosing a more expensive hotel, this did not ensure a good night’s sleep. Arriving in the dark, we hadn’t realised we were next to the railway. Hooting trains meant another disturbed night.
The first task for the day was to try and locate some spare parts for the Land Rover. Amazingly the Jaguar/Land Rover dealer was the next block but one along the road from us. Unfortunately, they only had the oil filter we wanted, but not the more important clutch master cylinder or seal repair kit. So, off to hunt for another source. We thought Doctor Auto might be able to assist, but could not locate them. Stopping a guy to ask for assistance, we were lucky to find someone who spoke excellent English. He pointed us in the direction of a larger branch of Doctor Auto. To get there we passed the main square in Ulaanbaatar, Sukhbaatar Square. The square is named after Damdin Sukhbaatar, the hero of the revolution when Mongolia declared independence from China in 1921. This was with the aid of Russia, who then took over Mongolia in 1924. Interrupting our search for parts with some sight seeing, we saw the Parliament Building and the statues of Chinggis Khan and his son, Ogedei and grandson, Kublai.
The Stock Exchange and other important buildings flank the square. Onwards to look for the parts we walked down one of the main streets, Peace Avenue. Once we found Doctor Auto it was of little help to us not having the parts, although we did manage to buy some oil.
Returning to the hotel, we decided we would get some lunch and a then drive out of town some 50ks to the Chinggis Khan Equestrian Statue. It is a very dramatic 40m high silver metal structure. Inside is a lift going up through the tail and then steps up into the horse’s head where there is a viewing platform looking out over the plains. According to legend it is built on the spot where Ghinggis found a golden whip. As it was really murky, due to the smog, and threatening to rain hard, we didn’t climb up into the horse’s head but made our way back to our hotel. Once again the traffic was a nightmare. A minor accident on the opposite side of the road caused a bit of a diversion as it erupted into a fist fight between the parties involved, as we passed. Dinner back at the hotel and hopefully a better night tonight.