Mongolia – Traditional Clothes

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Traditional Mongolian clothes are very nice, unfortunately mostly older people wear them.
As you can see in today’s picture – the older man is wearing beautiful clothes (Deel) with an interesting belt; a young one is wearing just jeans and a T-shirt.

Each ethnic group in Mongolia has their own traditional clothes. There are different clothes for men and women, some special ones for summer or winter, etc. I heard that the most unique are traditional Mongolians head wear; apparently they have hundreds kinds of hats!

If you want to see different traditional Mongolian clothes – visit Mongolia during one of the bigger festivals, e.g., Naadam festival (later, I’ll tell you more about this event).

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Mongolia – People

The Gobi Desert, Mongolia

The majority of Mongolian people belong to Khalkha Mongols and Kazakhs.
However, there are many ethnic groups living in Mongolia, often having a nomadic or semi-nomadic lifestyle.
If you have a chance, talk with Mongolians or spend some time with nomads – it can be a very interesting experience!

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Mongolia – Language

The Gobi Desert, Mongolia

Mongolian is the official language of Mongolia.
Russian is known by many.

What about English?
I guess, Mongolians learn English; but in general, don’t expect that a random person can understand English. Even your “English-speaking” guide may not understand you so well; he may speak English and be able to explain you a lot in English, but he often uses sentences learnt by heart.

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Mongolia – Climate

The Gobi Desert, Mongolia

Mongolia has a continental climate with extreme low temperatures in winter (up to -40°C or even lower) and extremely high temperatures in summer (up to +40°C). Of course, the weather varies a bit from region to region.

So when is the best time to visit Mongolia?
I was there in August and it was great. However, July seems to be the great period because of the Naadam Festival; on the other hand it may be too warm for enjoying the Gobi desert.

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Mongolia – The Great Wall of China

The Gobi Desert, Mongolia

Do you know what Mongolia has in common with the Great Wall of China?
The Great Wall was built because of Mongolians; well, kind of.
The Great Wall was built to protect China from the various nomadic groups of the Eurasian Steppe, e.g., from Mongolia.

p.s. Today’s picture shows the Gobi Desert; it’s not the Great Wall of China.

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Mongolia – Location

The Gobi Desert, Mongolia

Mongolia shares their boarders with only two countries, i.e., Russia and China.
And this affects many aspects of Mongolia.
Apparently, Mongolians don’t like so much China; Russia is definitely the favorite neighbor.

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