Except for the odd powerline or satellite dish, the landscape has barely changed since Chinggis' time. With only two million people in an area the size of mainland Europe, Mongolia's population density is even lower than Australia's. Unfortunately only 10% of the land is arable, the rest being pasture, desert and mountains, so nomadic herding still accounts for much of the national economy. Mongolia does however, have vast natural resources which are of growing interest to other countries.
Erdene Zuu - one of the spectacular temples inside the walled city. It dates from 1468 and was built with stones from Chinggis Khaan's palace.
One of several other temples within the walls
Martin Dreesen of the German Mongolian Archaelogical dig in Karakorum. His team has just discovered signs of an even older temple on this site
Not everyone rides horses
Dining out with my fellow passengers on the return journeyOn my last day, I visited the Terilj National Park. Not being far from UB, this was a lot more touristy with some positively aggressive berry sellers and kids who wanted money before I could take photos of their animals, but the park itself is beautiful. There are trees, spectacular rock formations and the most superb blue wild flowers.
Meet the Locals - A Yak at Terilj National ParkMostly though I will remember the kindness of the people, the incredibly blue skies and unforgettable scenes like this.
For a totally different view of Mongolia, see Ross's page.....