Mongolia is one of the few places on earth that seems to be mostly untouched by civilization and that’s why I find it so appealing. Landscapes as far as the eye can see. A place where you, the earth and the sky can be one.
Here are ten interesting facts to know before you go:
- The word Mongolia is derived from the word Mong, which translates as brave.
- The capital city of Mongolia is Ulaanbaatar and 45% of the population reside here.
- The majority of the population practice Buddhism and the second largest group are non-religious.
- Mongolia is known as the ‘Land of The Eternal Blue Sky’, or ‘Country of Blue Sky’, as it is recorded as having 250 sunny days a year but it also has the world’s coldest capital, as the average temperature there is around -1.3 degrees.
- Mongolia is home to the Gobi Desert, which is the fifth largest desert in the world but the largest in Asia.
- A traditional Mongolian home is known as a Ger and was the basis for Mongolian architecture. They are also known as yurts and the door of a Ger will always face South as the wind blows from the North.
7. There are 13 times as many horses as there are people.
8. The most important and celebrated festival is Nadaam, to celebrate their independence. Nadaam is celebrated over three days from July 11th and includes the three main sports in Mongolia, wrestling, horse-racing and archery.
9. The snow-leopard, as well as the two-humped Bactrian camels, are native to Mongolia.
10. Mongolia is considered to be one of the safest countries in the world for visitors.
**All information listed above from Nation Facts.
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