Beijing To Ulaanbaatar "Trans Mongolian Train"
Beijing to Ulaanbaatar takes about 35 hours and includes changing the bogeys. The whole train is lifted into the air, one carriage at a time, and the substituted for the different gauge. The timetable for this train is complicated because it changes every year, starting from the end of May. The Railway Authorities of China, Mongolia and Russia have a grand meeting in April and decide the timetable for the coming year.
What you see
Firstly you see the Great Wall of China as you pass through the mountains from Beijing. Then small towns and villages of Inner Mongolia. In the middle of the night you reach the border and when you wake up in the morning... endless expanse of the Gobi Desert.
Many of the people on the train will be Mongolian, though there may also be some chinese and Russian travellers. during the summer months there will probably be many foreign tourists doing the trip. So many interesting people to meet along the journey.
Food & Drink
There is a restaurant car on the train serving perfectly OK food. If the train is Chinese they will serve Chinese food. On a Mongolian train they serve Mongolian food and on a Russian train the menu is Russian. You can also bring your own food or buy snacks and drinks from platform vendors when the train stops.
Time Zones & Cities
Usually Beijing and Ulaanbaatar are in the same time zone, although sometimes the Mongolians do change their clocks by one hour in the summertime. If continuing on the train through Russia, the train sticks to Moscow time even though it passes through 5 different time zones.