Many people may have heard of Mongolia, but few will visit this country. Compared to other Asian countries, Mongolia may not be as famous, but it is certainly worth visiting. Due to its landlocked location, Mongolia has preserved its excellent ecological environment and at the same time has everything that a modern city should have, such as shopping districts, shopping malls, hypermarkets, nightclubs and bars. Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia, is a typical modern city, and although some people who are not familiar with it still have an impression of Mongolia as a pristine steppe and a less advanced society, if you come here yourself you will find that the traffic jams and air pollution are quite serious. However, when it is sunny or in summer, the sky is still blue and beautiful.
Accommodation in Ulaanbaatar: Even though Ulaanbaatar city is small, it is recommended that you choose to stay around Genghis Khan Square, where the hotels are not too expensive. The main attractions in Ulaanbaatar are mainly humanistic and historical, and you can usually visit the main attractions in 2 days:
Day1: Genghis Khan Square and the surrounding National Museum + Gandan Monastery;
Day 2: Visit Jai Mountain + Bogdan Khan Winter Palace in the south of the city.
In addition, the city also has Xingren Temple, Zhanabazar Art Museum, Department Store (top floor for buying tourist souvenirs), Military Museum, etc. Ulaanbaatar Attractions are not expensive, which is a very attractive benefit for tourists.
Ulaanbaatar used to be called (Great) Kulun, which means "Great Temple". Once it was just a river valley grassland, but later a big temple, Gandan Monastery, was built on the grassland. For generations, the Mongolian living Buddha, Zhebzun Damba (the title of the reincarnated living Buddha, like Panchen in Tibet), practised here, and later the city sprang up around this temple. Since it is a big temple, everything is big, for example, it is the biggest temple in Mongolia, the most popular temple in Mongolia, and it has the largest statue of the four-armed Goddess of Mercy in Mongolia. This statue was once cast iron, but now it is cemented and gilded.
Behind Jai Mountain is a large Ovoo. Ovoo is a symbol of rituals and blessings. About Ovoo, there is an ancient national legend: everything on the grassland has a spirit. Stone is no exception. Stone likes to climb to high places, the top of the mountain is the highest place on the land. It would take the stone 3000 years to climb up there by its strength. To help the stone to achieve this wish, the people picked up the stones under the feet to the top of the mountain, called Ovation. The stone saved 3000 years of vicissitudes and changes, and his heart rejoiced. As a token of appreciation, people go clockwise around Ovoo and pile a small stone upwards, which can be exchanged for a wish that they want to fulfil.