This morning we crossed the border from China into Kazakhstan. We were told it could take several hours and to be very patient, and to NOT take any photos. Happily after two hours and 15 minutes of sitting around and having our passports scrutinised, we were permitted to exit China and enter Kazakhstan.
We are now on the Russian train, the Golden Eagle Trans Siberian Express, which is much more luxurious than the Chinese train. We have our own bathroom with a shower and a toilet, which makes life much easier. The beds on this train are much softer and bigger too. And we are now eating good old fashioned Russian food, which makes for a nice change from the Chinese.
We left Alashankou at 2pm and have been travelling through the Kazak desert ever since.