A Japanese cannon on the grounds of the Khalkin Gol military museum.
Time and weather has turned this Soviet T-26 into a turquoise color. It is located next to the Khalkin Gol Military Museum.
Halgol has two hotels. One is located in the town’s museum. The Khalkin Gol Hotel is not the sort of place one would take a wife or girlfriend. It can’t even compare to the Sleazy 8s or the budget motels dotting America. It has no running water and no bathrooms. Honest!
The hotel’s toilet is across the street in an open field next to wallowing pigs. It is an old wooden outhouse and it was padlocked! I told Chinzor about it and he said, “They gave me the key if you need to use it.” I asked him why it was locked, and he replied “Oh…probably to prevent vandalism!” Chinzorig is a Mongolian who speaks perfect English with a wicked sense of American humor. I never saw him nor anyone else use it.
The rooms were neat and utilitarian, and by Mongolian outback standards, an acceptable alternative to sleeping under the bridge or in the car. The owner explained to us that she was buying some of the old abandoned buildings to renovate, and build a future for her family. We admired her entrepreneurial spirit and despite the lack of creature comforts, promised to come back again.
To be continued part 2