I was pretty nervous about arriving in China... there are few places so utterly different from England, and from most countries I've visited! The language, the culture, the food, everything about it would be a brand new challenge to me. But I love a good challenge.
Gorkhi Terelj National Park is considered one of the most beautiful parts of Mongolia and it's only a short 55km drive from the capital city of Ulaanbaatar.
Visit the largest island in the world's deepest and oldest lake.
If you only have a short time in Irkutsk, make sure you see Lake Baikal by riding the Circumbaikal Railway!