The ABC's of Mongolia

The ABC's of Mongolia
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The least crowded country in the world with a landscape of mountains, steppes, and deserts

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A is for the Altai mountain is the highest of the three mountain ranges in Mongolia.

B is for buuz, a dish of steamed mutton (lamb) dumplings.

C is for cooper which is found through out Mongolia.

D is for deel. Have you ever wondered what the long coat worn by archers during the Naadam festival was called? It’s a deel.

E is for Erdene Zuu monastery. Built in 1585.

F is for the fresh water. Mongolia offers one of the last areas of pure fresh water and has the world’s largest fresh water fish, the taimen.

G is for the Gobi bear, with only 50 left in the Gobi desert this is one of the world’s rarest animals.

I is for the ibex. A type of mountain goat with large, very large, curled horns.

J is for the jerboa which lives in the desert areas. It stands and moves like a kangaroo and has extremely long ears.

K is for Khovsgol Nuur, the second oldest lake in the world and contains 2% of the world’s freshwater supply.

A peek

at the people and the land

L is for Lunar New Year or Tsagaan Sar, Mongolia’s largest festival.

M is for morin Khuur, a two string box instrument.

N is for Nairamdliin Orgil, the highest point in Mongolia, which means Mount Friendship.

P is for pikas or rock rabbit.

R is for the round ger that the nomadic family live in.

S is for soyombo, the national emblem representing fire, the sun, the moon, the earth, and water.

T is for takhi, Mongolia’s national symbol and the only genuine wild horse in the world.

U is for Ulannbaatar the capital city.

W is for wrestling one of the three sports held during the Naadam festival.

X marks the spot.

Y is for Yak hair which is turned into yarn.

Z is for Zakhchin one of the top 5 ethic groups the live in Mongolia.