Ulaanbaatar

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Two weeks in Mongolia's capital.   It's my first visit in 16 years (since 1992!).  A LOT has changed.  The city doesn't reek of mutton anymore and there is quite an amazing traffic problem now.  Same soviet streets, modern needs.  Crime is a huge problem here now.  I hear daily rumors of muggings, armed robbery and racial beatings of western tourists, and rampant pickpocketings.  I steer clear of crowds and stay off the streets at night as a precaution.  The biggest change is the variety of food in the supermarkets.  In 1992, the only food I saw in the largest 'supermarket' in town had two large wire baskets in the middle of a cavernous soviet-style building filled with nothing but hooves (yak?) in one and dirty cabbages in the other.  Now, there are many stores with plenty of european and chinese goods, and even some fresh fruits, vegetables, and cheeses.   Most of the buildings still look the same (ie ex-soviet style), but there are a few modern buildings being errected in the center of town. 
Vanessa_Mun_Yee says:
I am planning to see Mongolia, Unlaan Baatar in Jun09. I am a little worry about the crimes you mentioned though...I may have to reconsider now. Anyway, thanks for sharing this with us.
Posted on: Apr 25, 2009
rideouts says:
I agree about the traffic. The mongolians drive like they are still on horseback! The food is much better though, did you make it out to the BDs mongolian barbque? I love the photos, looks like you had some good weather.
Posted on: Oct 19, 2008
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Gengis
Gengis
Stock exchange building
Stock exchange building
State department store
State department store
Communist party headquarters (post…
Communist party headquarters (pos…
In government controlled valley
In government controlled valley
My hotel (UB Hotel) - Lenin in fro…
My hotel (UB Hotel) - Lenin in fr…
First day of school - flowers for …
First day of school - flowers for…
rainbow over the city
rainbow over the city
leaving for China
leaving for China
1,455 km (904 miles) traveled
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