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Introducing Dornogov

Dornogov (east Gobi) is the first place visited by many overlanders, as the train line from Beijing to Ulaanbaatar runs straight up its gut. The landscape seen from the train window is one of flat, arid emptiness and the occasional station where locals shuffle about on the platform. The railway supports local trade while the rest of the economy rides on the back of copper mining and small-scale oil extraction.