Follow us on a stunning journey through a beautiful country and discover Mongolia!
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Endless grassy steppe lands, desert landscape and the highlands of Altai. Mongolia is a beautiful country and the least populated area in the world. More than half of the three million Mongolians live in the capital city, Ulan Bator. Their once traditional lives are now interspersed with modernity. More than one million nomad ranchers live here in their traditional yurts and move from pasture to pasture but some yurts feature battery operated televisions. Follow our journey through this beautiful country and discover Mongolia!
A nomad child learns horse-riding before it is able to walk. It is a life between the worlds – because for quite some time the traces of modern Mongolia could be found in the traditional lives of the nomads. Nowadays, televisions and internet, which are powered by car battery, can be found in the yurts.
In the summer episode we accompany a nomad family in the province Sawchan in the Northwest of the country. The reporter team also gets to film the preparations for a big horserace that takes place every year at Naadam, the big nomad festivity and national holiday. The horses are ridden by children under the age of thirteen years and the Mongolian horses are able to gallop thirty kilometers without a break.
In the winter episode we travel to the province of Bayan-Ölgi at the very Western end of the country, where the borders to Russia and China are much nearer than the capital Ulan-Bator. In Bayan-Ölgi the inhabitants are hunting for fur-bearing animals with tamed eagles. The tradition of the Mongolian larynx singing arose here as well. For more than five months everything is frozen in this area – drinking water is only available as a block of ice – it is cut and melted over fire.
Read more …
1. Summer Between City and Steppelands
2. Winter Between Jazz and Yurt
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