Today the city’s population is over 1.3 million and makes up about 45 percent of Mongolia’s total population. Surprisingly, Mongolia is still one third fully nomadic and, as such, around 800,000 people live in “ger” (yurt) districts on the edge of town. Mongolia has four seasons. Summer is a very special time in Ulaanbaatar; we enjoy warm weather after long winter and spring seasons. The Naadam festival is held on July 11-13, and majority of us move to summer residences outside the city. The summer also brings lots of foreign tourists walking on the streets, visiting souvenir shops and cashmere houses. If you visit Ulaanbaatar in summer, you will benefit from big discounts on the best cashmere products in the world.
When you visit Ulaanbaatar, you will see a huge number of cars on the roads. Street food is not popular in Ulaanbaatar, but the city has incredible restaurants offering cuisine from different nations such as Korean, Japanese, Italian, Russian, Indian, Mexican, and even Peruvian, all at affordable price. The restaurants advertising “Mongolian” or “Modern nomad” foods would be the best choice for those who want to try typical traditional and modernized nomadic cuisine.
For more specialized information, please download our Webzine SILKROADIA VOL.3 NO.1, and read Ulaanbaatar, capital city of Mongolia written by Sh. Mendbayar, Head of the Department of Cooperation at the National University of Mongolia and D. Munkhtamir is a staff member of the Department of Cooperation at the National University of Mongolia.
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