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Mongolian Throat Singing
by Batzorig Vaanchig
(feat. Brasstracks) by Dallas Cotton
" by Batzorig Vaanchig
After nearly a year of backpacking around Asia
, we found ourselves rolling into Ulan Bator
, the capital city of Mongolia
, a country synonymous with Genghis Khan
(known as Chinggis Khan
in Mongolia) , wide open spaces, and Nomadic
life. Of the 3 million people that call Mongolia home, nearly half live in UB, making it the cultural, financial and industrial center of Mongolia, so it’s no surprise that this city is the first stop for most foreign visitors. In our case, we entered the country from China
after a 48 hour marathon of bus and train travel that started from Beijing
, so as soon as we arrived, the ONLY thing we could think about was to getting to the nearest hostel to sleep. So we did. For 2 days.
we got our strength up we did some research and found that our hostel was offering a tour of the gobi desert as well as other parts of central Mongolia; a journey that would take 16 days
; we’d decided to go with 6 other travelers that we’d met a couple of days beforehand, but with only one day to prepare and zero winter clothes, we desperately needed to gear up...
zach (зах or Khar
Zakh)” is a sprawling flea market where you can find wall clocks, linoleum flooring and just about anything else. The market
has gained a bad reputation among locals and foreigners alike for being a pickpocket’s haven, so with such a rough exterior and shady nickname like “black market”, we figured we’d be able to bargain our way into some amazing deal, but we soon discovered that this wasn’t the case...
Because Mongolian culture
is based on livestock farming, the traditional diet consists of meat, flour and dairy with mutton being the meat of choice. Mongolian winters are extremely harsh so a lot of animal fat is consumed during winter and more dairy products during the summer.
What… a… day. It was a long journey, but the scenery was stunning and the Mongolian countryside made quite the first impression on us. But this was only just the beginning and we couldn’t wait to see what the next 15 days would bring...
for watching: Go Mongolia Part 1: From Skyscrapers
| Ulan Bator | Black Market
| Gobi Desert
- published: 21 Jun 2015
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