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The name Mongolia evokes memories of Genghis Khan, the legendary conqueror who formed one of the largest empires the world has ever seen. Wild empty nature (vast steppes, lakes, and the Gobi Desert) also comes to mind. Though the country doesn't immediately propose a holiday getaway, few have tried to reveal Mongolia to the world during the past decade.
Ever since the collapse of Communism, Mongolians have increasingly embraced the modern age. In fact, it is not uncommon to see internet cafes, tribe member with cell phones, Western restaurants, highways brimming with vehicles, and locals with international PhDs there. Still, Mongolia remains is one of Asia's poorest, though the economy's shift from agriculture to tourism is hoped to change the status quo.
Nomads and Reindeer People
As the country takes major steps towards Westernization, its old traditions and culture have remained constant. The nomadic life, for instance, has been hard for the Mongolians to abandon. This lifestyle has characterized the land since the prehistoric times, and today some 30 percent of Mongolia's population still resists change. No other tribe in the nation embodies this more than the Tsaatan, regarded as the country's last surviving reindeer herders. In this regard, the country is torn between the call of tradition and the seduction of modernity.
Mongolia's vast wilderness, snowcapped mountains, gorges, and relatively unspoiled nature have been the calling cards of Mongolian tourism. Adventurers are the country's primary draw, with plenty of opportunities for treks, hikes, camping, and ecotourism.
Itinerary usually consists of the sparkling waters of Khovsgol Nuur, the steppes of the Terelj National Park, and the wildlife of the Tavan Bogd National Park. Horse rides, fishing trips, birdwatching, and skiing adventures are also at a premium for visitors to the country.
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Ta Marija Restaurant
In «Ta 'Marija», located in the center of the village Mosta you’ll be amazed by the welcoming atmosphere created thanks to the traditional setting of talented entertainers and warm ones. Every Wednesday and Friday after the Auto Reviews and Auto Shows that are shown in the TV, customers are invited to sing accompanied by mandolin and guitar, traditional and popular songs ... Read full Blog post
Ati-atihan in Kalibo Aklan
Ati-atihand origins ccan be traced to 1210 when refugees from Borneo would smear their faces with soot in affectionalte immitation of the Filipino natives The island of Panay in the Visayas is where this particular detail of Philipine history took place sometime ih the late 12th or early 13th century. For centuries hence, it has been commemoratged in one specific place - in Kalibo, the capital ... Read full Blog post
An Aerial fiesta in Clark Pampanga
Its a party in the sky as multi colored hot air balloons piloted ny different pilots from various partso of the world participated in this annual gathering. As early as 5am, the 2,500 hectare aviation complex at Clar Economic Zone in Pampanga was already crammedi with excitement. Clusters of hot air balloon participants busily prepare their own balloons for liftoff as they need to take advantage of ... Read full Blog post
- Altai Tavan Bogd National Park
- Darkhad Depression
- Kharkhiraa Uul and Turgen Uul
- Khovsgol Nuur National Park
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