Cities of Mongolia

June 3, 2012

The capital of Mongolia is Ulaanbaator and is located in the Northern part of the country.  There are over 1,000,000 people who live in the city which makes it by far the largest city in Mongolia.

Located in north central Mongolia, the city lies at an elevation of about 1,310 metres (4,300 ft) in a valley on the Tuul River. It is the cultural, industrial, and financial heart of the country. It is the center of Mongolia’s road network, and is connected by rail to both the Trans-Siberian Railway in Russia and the Chinese railway system.[2]

The city was founded in 1639 as a movable (nomadic) Buddhist monastic centre. In 1778 it settled permanently at its present location, the junction of the Tuul and Selbe rivers. Before that it changed location twenty-eight times, with each location being chosen ceremonially. In the twentieth century, Ulan Bator grew into a major manufacturing centre.[2]

Source: Wiki

Wikipedia has two panoramic shots of Ulaanbaator.  To view the photos in high resolution on the Wiki site, click on the photos below.  At the site you can zoom in really well and see good details of the photos:

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Wikipedia page on Ulaanbaator

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New York Times information on Mongolia

June 2, 2012

Mongolia is the world’s least densely populated country, with 2.9 million people spread across an area three times the size of France, two-fifths in rural areas on windswept steppes.

Landlocked between Russia and China, Mongolia contains vast troves of natural resources like coal, copper and gold that have attracted intense interest from mining giants around the world and turned the nation into a pawn in a global game involving China, the United States and Russia. Washington has lauded the country for its smooth transition from Soviet satellite to thriving democracy.

General Information on Mongolia

Official Name: Mongolia
Capital: Ulaanbaatar
Government Type: Mixed parliamentary/presidential
Population: 2.952 million
Area: 604,103 square miles; slightly larger than Alaska
Languages: Khalkha Mongol (primarily ), Turkic, Russian
Literacy: Total Population: [98%] Male: [98%]; Female: [98%]
GDP Per Capita: $2,100
Year of Independence: 1921

http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/international/countriesandterritories/mongolia/index.html?8qa

Slideshow: “The Downturn Reaches a Mongolian Goat Farm”

 

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slideshow and read the captions that go along with each photo)

Slideshow: “Inner Mongolia’s Field Hockey Players”

For 1,000 years, the Daur people of Molidawa, in Inner Mongolia, have been playing a game called beikou. The game is similar to field hockey and entails whacking around a ball-like knob of apricot root with long wooden branches.

A local cultural organization holds beikou matches. Two dozen or so players assemble and put on their traditional uniforms: boots, silk pantaloons, long silk robes belted with a sash, and a Daur hat that looks a little like a bishop’s miter.
Eight schools in the area teach hockey starting in the third grade. The best students are admitted to a select hockey development program in Molidawa.
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slideshow and read the captions that go along with each photo)

“Mongolia Navigator”

A list of resources from around the Web about Mongolia as selected by researchers and editors of The New York Times.

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NY Times profile of Mongolia

NY Times search results for “Mongolia”


Weekend Spotlight

June 1, 2012

This weekend the spotlight is on Mongolia.  I chose Mongolia because I wanted to write about a lesser known Asian country and this seemed a good place to start.  Last summer in May 2011 I visited China and had the opportunity to go very close to Mongolia when we visited Dunhuang which is beginning point of the Gobi Desert that stretches thousands of miles into Mongolia.  We were told that it was possible to see Mongolia from the peaks of some of the sand dunes, but we never made it to the top to get this view unfortunately.

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