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I visited Mongolia in October of 1997, going by the Trans-Mongolian line of the Trans-Siberian Railway.  The distance from Beijing to Ulaan Baatar, the Mongolian capital, is a little over 700 miles.  The train passes through the Inner Mongolian Autonomous Region, which is a part of China.  Sometimes, the word Mongolia is used to include this region, so people say Outer Mongolia in reference to Mongolia, but the name of the country is Mongolia, not Outer MongoliaThe railroad bisects the famous Gobi Desert.


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Trans-Siberian Railroad in Mongolia


Bactrian camels, though thriving as domesticated animals, are considered an endangered species in the wild, with only about 1000 remaining.  Still, you can see herds of six or seven in the Gobi Desert as you pass by in the train.  Just what they are made of that enables them to winter in Mongolia, where temperatures fall to 50, 60 and 70 below zero, is a question that defies my imagination to answer.




Bactrian Camel


Yurts are still visible, in hamlets of five or six, scattered over the forbidding Gobi Desert.  They can be seen also even in Ulaan Baatar. The picture below shows several yurts under a characteristically grim Mongolian sky.


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Yurts in Mongolia


The main plaza of Ulaan Baatar is called Sühbaatar Square.  Around the square, stand the Natural History Museum, Parliament, a stock exchange, a post office, a technical college and other buildings.  One of the buildings on the square bears the legend, "Mongol Ornoo Manduuliaa", "The Mongolian People 10,000 Years."




Sühbaatar Square, in Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia


An enlargeable street map of Ulaan Baatar, as a portable document file, can be seen here: Map of Ulaan Baatar .  I stayed on Sambuu Street, with a Mongolian lady named Dora. 




Choyjin Lama Temple, in Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia


Opposite Sühbaatar Square stands Choyjin Lama Temple, which can also be seen on the map.  The incredibly ornate temple is now fenced around with cyclone fencing, so entry is impossible.  Down the block from the temple is the National Library of Mongolia


Sample text in Mongolian in the Traditional alphabet


Traditional Mongolian Writing


Above is a specimen of traditional Mongolian writing, which was an adaptation of the Uyghur script.  This is no longer in use.  Today Mongolian is written in a modified Cyrillic (Russian) alphabet.


Mongol Messenger

Visit the website of the Mongol Messenger, Mongolia's first English-language newspaper. Temporarily closed.


In the map below, you can see the relative locations of Ulaan Baatar amd Beijing, and you can see the route of the Trans-Mongolian Railroad, as it passes through Jining, Erenhot and Buyant-Uhaa.


 Map of Mongolia

Image and Photo Credits:

Flag of Mongolia:

Trans-Siberian Railroad in Mongolia:

Bactrian Camel:

Yurts in Mongolia:

Sühbaatar Square, in Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia:

Choyjin Lama Temple, in Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia 

Traditional Mongolian Writing: "Omniglot - writing systems and languages of the world":

Map of Momgolia: "Courtesy of the University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin."