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Mongolia is one of the highest places on Earth, located between Russia and China. It is characterized by seemingly infinite plains and by the nomadic tradition of its peoples who continue to live in tents. They are completely dedicated to their herds as their ancestors were. With a continental climate, temperatures in Mongolia range from 40 degrees Celsius below zero in the winter to 35 degrees in the summer. Since the end of the communist era, visitors have experienced a secure and stable environment making Mongolia paradise both for business and leisure.

We visit the Gandan Monastery in Ulaanbaatar, the dynamic capital of the country, the mesmerizing natural beauty of the northern regions, even the mythical Gobi Desert where we will encounter huge dunes and the main dinosaur fossil digs in the world. We'll encounter its welcoming and generous people that will turn this journey into a unique discovery and an unforgettable experience. Here, one can experience the flavor of unknown territory without any preparation, without dressing and with a spontaneity that is certain to leave a lasting impression. On top of their horses, Mongols gave the world the largest empire that had ever known in just 25 years. Larger than the Roman Empire, larger than all territories conquered by Alexander the Great, Mongolia was forged under the leadership of Temujin, known as Genghis Khan - the emperor of all men to his men who venerated him and still venerate him today.

In 1206, Genghis Khan was able to put together the most powerful and disciplined cavalry ever known with warrior horsemen capable of mobilizing for war in an instant. Genghis Khan created the feared flash warfare, a tactic that modern armies still use. This national hero and his successors conquered all of Asia and European Russia and they established armies even in Central Europe and in Southeast Asia without ever abandoning their families that traveled with them in their years. Genghis Khan's conquest were a major reason for the genetic mix that took place between Mongols and other people. It is said that the greatest treasures for the Mongols were the two key elements for life on the steps, women and horses. It is also said that one out of every 200 people is a descendant of Genghis Khan, although, only Mongol children are born with a blue stain on their back that disappears after their first year.

Along with a tradition of liberty and free movement that characterizes nomads and during a period of time known as Pax Mongolica, the Mongols covered an open and secured territory for commerce and for the free practice of religion that began in the Far East and ended in Europe. An area that voyagers and explores such as Marco Polo took full advantage of. After the death of Genghis Khan and of his eldest son, nothing more was known of his audacious cavalry. The Mongols are still the only people to ride on foot which enables them to cover long distances without tiring out the horses too much. Since the horseman eases each jumps with his knees and also allows them to rotate their torso completely in order to shoot arrows against the enemy in any direction.

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Aisha Freelove
7 years ago

Beautiful country and I love the documentary. I learned a lot considering I knew minimal about Mongolia before watching this. They have a very unique,interesting culture.

9 years ago

Wonderful documentary, i really enjoyed it watch it. I must visit this amazing country one day

Randi Cramer
9 years ago

Was in love with the silly notion of moving there until I heard the average low temperature in the winter, lol. I am still in love with the land, but from a distance :)

9 years ago

What a wonderful country!

Murali pat
9 years ago

Great people and country and very beautiful too. It is good to see they practice Budhism

9 years ago

Very nice Doc about my country, I am
Proud to be a part of it. Those who haven't
Visited in Mongolia, I strongly recommend
You to see the beauty of the country with your
Own eyes.
All the best

9 years ago

Some French people have a large spot, or stain, on their skin at and above the lumbar area of the back. I've read that the Mongols occupied parts of France, and 'intermarried' (it was written, but probably raped...) women who bore children during the short time they were there. If I ever go to a beach in France, that's what I'll look for.

Nalinaksha Mutsuddi
9 years ago

very interesting documentary on mongolian life

9 years ago

Struck me as a tourism ad, but nevertheless had some great panoramic shots of the Steppes and an endless sky.
The Tibetan temples were gorgeous!
Most interesting moments for me was meeting the sha woman, the singer (the narrator wouldn't shut up and drowned him out), and the doctor who hunted with golden eagles.

Sebastian Daunt
9 years ago

most of the Mongolian the narrator spoke was either completely wrong or mis-pronounced. And he completely missed the fact Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia, is the most polluted city in the world. Guinness book of records! and also over run with street crime. Other than that, not bad show. albeit quite naive

9 years ago

Fascinating! Thank you

9 years ago

Good Doc! I'll watch this one several times. Thank You!

9 years ago

I would like to live there if it only it wasn't so cold in the winter.

Bob Trees
9 years ago

Nice doc and thanks for making it. Makes me want to come to Mongolia and travel by train and bicycle. :-)