For years now we have been travelling in central Asia and have gathered many impressions. Ulaanbaatar might not be a very big capital but it was extremely interesting for us as the Mongolian culture and tradition flows into the everyday life of the city’s inhabitants.
Our journey has started in a good way but we still weren’t sure about one thing: how our 8-year old daughter would cope with the trip. First of all it is a really long flight for a child at her age and furthermore we were visiting a country where she would have a language barrier. Good thing is that we have a friend living in Mongolia who used to live in Germany and so we could communicate with Khangai and his family in German and in English. This helped to increase our daughter’s interest in the trip and she could join all activities with curiosity and joy. We sadly noticed that there were no other tourist-children to be seen anywhere even though Mongolia is such a child-friendly country. It might have to do with the quite expensive flight costs that parents decide not to take their children with them. Because besides that there is no other reason not to take your child with you as there might not be another country as tranquil and peaceful as Mongolia. A trip to Mongolia is for a child a cultural enrichment on one hand and a healthy withdrawal from hi-tech and computer games on the other. Parents could give their children the chance to experience and enjoy the solitude in nature. From a visit at a nomadic camp the children would learn how well people can get along with only a minimum of food diversity and technological facilities compared to our overfilled lives. Language barriers are no actual obstacle for children to quickly make friends with the locals. You parents will be surprised to see how creative the children can be together in coming up with games using only a few and simple things given to them in order to have fun.
Ulaanbaatar is a rapidly growing city and it will soon be a metropolis. In my opinion it is good that Mongolia is working its way towards economical independence even if the nomadic life is being inhibited this way. You can see this in the fact that half of the Mongolian people live in the capital and the rest is scattered throughout the land living as nomads. This is one more reason that makes Mongolia such an extraordinary travel destination: the population living all over this vast country hardly reaches the number of people living in Berlin. Here you can be sure that if you are not in the capital or a couple other bigger towns you will not cross path with anyone else on your journey. Thus an exciting time expects you and your travel companion, with indescribable nature, endless horizons and many animals. Concerning animals, Mongolia is a paradise for birds of prey as you can see as many as stray cats in Turkey.