Mongolia

Mongolia is entirely landlocked, between China and Russia.   It is a vast emptiness that links land and sky. And is one of the last few places on the planet where nomadic life is still a living tradition.

Mongolia has the lowest population density in the world.   For 3 000 years, the people of the steppes have adopted a pastoral way of life moving in the search of best pastures and campsites. 

Mongolians raise their five domestic animals (sheep, horse, cow, camel, and goat).  The raise them in the broad region of forest, steppe and Gobi desert. Especially they respect their horses.  Mongolians see their horses are their best friends. Mongolian nomadic people move into place to place 2-4 times a year as well as it is depending on livestock’s pasture. 

Chinggis Khaan Statue Complex

Few tourists come to Mongolia without visiting its most iconic landmark, a 40m-high glistening silver Chinggis Khaan statue. Constructed in 2008 from stainless steel, the dramatic statue, built with private funds, has a lift (elevator) rising up its tail, from where there are steps to the horse’s head. It was built here, so the legend goes, because this was the spot where Chinggis Khaan found a golden whip.  The complex includes an impressive museum (with Hunnu artefacts and items from the Mongol empire), a cafe and a souvenir shop. A short film describes how the monument was built. For an extra T3000 you can don Chinggis Khaan armour for a photo shoot in front of an enormous Mongolian boot, which stands at 9m high. There’s ger accommodation, too, if for some reason you want to stay the night. It’s located just off the main road between Nalaikh and Erdene, at a place called Tsonjin Boldog. A round trip in a taxi from Ulaanbaatar will set you back about T80,000.

Located just up the road is the statue of Chinggis Khan’s mother, Hoelun, who gazes back towards her son.

Source of text: www.lonelyplanet.com