“Mongolia is an unspoiled wonder, a land where sand dunes sing, horses roam wild and nomadic herders greet strangers with open doors. Keep your itinerary loose and expect the unexpected.”
Although most people don’t list Mongolia as a top choice on their see-before-I-die list of destinations, they should. And if you knew more about the impressive history Mongolia has, the rich culture it embraces, and the incredibly kind people that live there... you would!
I recently visited Mongolia for my brother’s wedding and came back wanting to tell as many people as possible to go and see it for themselves. I was amazed at the size of the country but even more surprised to find out that it has only 3 million inhabitants, half of which live in the capital city Ulaanbaatar. Life in the countryside steps a few hundred years back in time, while the capital is home to Mongolians who have swapped their recent nomad existence for Wi-Fi and western fashion.
Genghis Khan, the founder and emperor of the Mongol Empire, is still in the hearts of all Mongolians. You can feel his presence in the names of countless hospitals, streets, pubs, shops and restaurants and his image in gigantic statues around the country.
There is a lot going on in Mongolia and changes are happening fast. I can promise you this: you will see things unlike anywhere else in the world. Want to know more about this amazing place? Watch this beautiful documentary about Mongolia by the Brit Redburt O’Hanlon:
Post by Anke Kuckartz