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Back Across the Great Buddha Arch

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Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

5.24.2007

I decided to get out of Mongolia on a whim and bought a train ticket to strike back out across the Great Buddha Arch that stretches from Japan to Korea, through China, down into South East Asia , and then back up through India, Nepal, Tibet, North-Western China, and finally ending in the steppes of Mongolia just to start all over again in Japan. This has been the cumulation of my first (nearly complete) run this great round- it has taken me over three years and I travelled more of a zig-zagged route rather than anything that resembled an arch- but now I am ready to begin it all over again. It all begins just where it ends, you know, Oh! the great great cycle. So down into ol’ SE Asia I go with my thumb stuck out for both the big and small vehicle.

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Wade Shepard is the founder and editor of Vagabond Journey. He has been traveling the world since 1999, through 76 countries. He is the author of the book, Ghost Cities of China, and contributes to Forbes, The Diplomat, the South China Morning Post, and other publications. has written 3048 posts on Vagabond Journey. Contact the author.

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