Not that you could call Ulaanbaatar a dyed-in-the-wool Asian city. You can feel the Russian presence even though Mongolians are fiercely proud of their independence.
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In our efforts to research the effects of globalization on Mongolia's traditional culture, we've found ourselves here this afternoon to record one of Mongolia's centuries-old surviving traditions.
As I exited the train in Ulaanbaatar, I was surprised by the bustle of activity that greeted us: western-dressed shoppers moving quickly about the city streets and roads flush with late model cars.
A life-size Tyrannosaurus Rex stood placidly in the morning mist against the backdrop of a grey soviet apartment block.
During my brief visit to Mongolia, I was able to visit some of the museums, temples, architectural sites as well as take a few trips to the countryside. Please enjoy the pictures.
The search for increasingly remote destinations led me to fixate on Mongolia. I'm not sure why. But I decided any country with a capital city called Ulaanbaatar had to be pretty cool.
Chinese authorities make an unusual arrest in the Mongolian capital....
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