After visiting Khan, it is time to drive to the Chinese border. Before the long journey, we want to have another taste of the Mongolian cuisine, though it is not all that easy to find a suitable restaurant. Our tour guide advises us to avoid the establishments located along the road that leads out of town. The risk is too great that we will be served spoiled meat. So we return to the city centre and order "dry goods" for the drive. On the 600-kilometre stretch from the capital city to the border, there are only two small towns. We're hoping that everything will run smoothly. The chances of finding a suitable workshop in the event of an emergency seem rather slim.
After sundown, everyone here drives with their headlights on full beam. That makes driving quite arduous. Permanently dazzled, the eyes get tired quickly. The only thing that helps is to stop briefly and allow your eyes to rest in an area free of streetlights. The oncoming traffic has it somewhat easier; the adaptive main beam on our Volkswagen Touareg ensures that only the road is optimally illuminated and not the cockpits of the cars coming the other way. Those drivers are left unbothered by the light.