The large reletively unspoiled country of Mongolia
is well known for its natural beauty.
The nature in Mongolia, although currently under
thread, has been preserved mainly thanks to a low
population density and only a basic infrastructure.
/ sq mile
|| 1,565,000 km2
|| 41,526 km2
|| 1,815 km
|| 2,808 km
Part of Taiwan
Officially Taiwan considers Mongolia to be part
of their territory. Taiwan still considers itself
by constitution the Republic Of China, claiming
the complete territory of the present People's
Republic of China, but also the current Republic
1200 Mongolian tugrug is about USD 1 (for current
In between 1989 and 2000 the number of households
increased by 26.5%.
In Mongolia gerbils are wild animals!
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The horse and camel are very important animals in
Mongolia. Even the bridges for playing snooker are
called after them
When you walk on the street and by accident bump
into a person, don't be surprised if the other reaches
for your hand. Just simply shake the hand or even
just touch it to apologize and express that was
indeed by accident. The same applies if your legs
hit someone else's under the table.
Joining Mongolians for a drink of vodka is often
a big pleasure. But unfortunately alcoholism is
a big problem in Mongolia. Government sets an example
by prohibiting the use of alcohol in the parliament
building, except for an occasional glass of champagne
at a celebration.
When distances are far and communication difficult,
hospitality is essential for survival. People in
Mongolian countryside will always have a bowl of
warm salty milk tea ready for you and are wiling
to share any food they have. You can sometimes really
feel embarrassed by the warmhearted generosity of
the Mongolians, in that case - and many other cases
as well - it is nice to have some small presents
In a regular nightclub you have a rather good chance
that at some point the music changes and a Russian
dancing group, a few jugglers or a striptease act
appears on the stage.
The chairman of an American soft-drink company
attributed sluggish sales of his new product line
to the outbreak of a rare yak disease in Mongolia.
("Yaks are our chief delivery mode in Central
Asia," he explained).
Eeer, maybe come and visit.
Joint expeditions of the American Museum of Natural
History and the Mongolian Academy of Sciences to
the Gobi Desert of Mongolia have been able to collect
bones of more than 150 dinosaurs and 300 lizards
and the skulls of 240 mammals in Mongolia.
Belt and belly
If you have trouble distinguishing a Mongolian man
from a Chinese just by his face, try to discretely
look down a little bit. If the person wears his
belt on the belly you can be almost certain he is
Chinese, but if the belt is below the belly, most
probably you are dealing with a Mongolian!
Camels in the snow
People might associate camels with the deserts of
Africa, but the two humped Bactrian camel is actually
indigenous to Mongolia. The one humped Arabian camel
is the one you will find in Northern Africa, Western
Asia and your package of cigarettes, but in many
places in Mongolia the camel is essential as a means
of transportation. Quite striking are the pictures
of camels carrying a ger in land covered
by snow with a cone of ice dripping from their nose.
Statistics tell us that in 2000 2,1 of the rural
households had a telephone; and 29,3% of the urban
households. What they don't tell us are the very
convenient walking phone booths: In the streets
of Ulaanbaatar you will find a big number of so
called MobiPhones. Their size is about two
times a regular phone, but everywhere you see them
at the small kiosks or people just sitting or walking
around with them giving you the opportunity to phone
for 100 tugrug.
Mongolia's diet is very much based on meat and dairy
products. The local alcoholic drink is airag, fermented
In the winter you will find find venders
on the street selling ice cream just from paper
boxes. No need for a freezer at -30°C.
Mongolia is the largest landlocked country in the
Sea food is not a favorite dish in Mongolia. Since
it is a landlocked country the only source of fish
are the lakes and rivers. Near lake Khovsgul - containing
2% of the world's fresh water - the shamanic people
only fish in certain periods, while the Buddhist
people completely refrain from eating fish.
Electricity poles in Mongolia have a concrete base
to which the wooden pole is attached. Without the
concrete the wooden pole wood simply snap by the
pressure of the freezing ground.
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