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This capital of Mongolia is also the largest city, with a population reaching over one million people. Mongolia is a country with a very long history, and Ulaanbaatar has certainly been at the center of most of this history. Most visitors to Ulaanbaatar arrive by air to Chinggis Khaan International Airport, also known as Ulan Bator Airport and located just under 20 kilometers outside of the city. The Trans-Siberian Railway also operates a few lines from Moscow and Beijing, for those willing to take the long and scenic train journey into Mongolia.

While the rest of Mongolia’s scenery is, at the very least, completely stunning, Ulaanbaatar remains a largely monochrome city without any special touches to make it stand out. Therefore, a lot of the walking around the city to see unique architecture may not yield the best results. It’s best to see what’s been curated in the city’s many museums and galleries, such as the Zanabazar Museum of Fine Arts. There are several hotels near the museum, and staff at most hotels are very knowledgeable about the city and willing to help newcomers carve out the perfect plan to see everything that Ulaanbaatar has to offer.

It goes without saying that one of Mongolia’s most famous citizens will certainly have to be Chinggis Khaan, whose history is still very much relevant in the country, as evidenced by the popularity of the Chinggis Khaan Statue in the center of town. After a couple of days in the city, it is absolutely imperative to venture out to the mountains and plains of this breathtaking country, and see everything that it has to offer.

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