The things you only experience in Ulaanbaatar

Journalist A.Odontuya

2016-05-05 10:08 GMT+8

Ulaanbaatar is a metropolitan city. Here you will find world brands, cozy bars, fancy restaurants, expensive cars as well as fashionable people. However, we still have the ger-districts, street children, homeless and drunk people and waste too. But you’ll find that UBiers are welcoming, kind and extremely generous. They are usually curious of foreigners and love trying to communicate with you, even if they can’t speak in English.

However every city has its own uniqueness-- traditions and beliefs. We deliver you the top ten things, you will only see and experience in Ulaanbaatar. It maybe surprise you, but we hope you will be aware of them after reading this article.

1.RESPECT FOR THE ELDERS
Mongolians pay much respect for their elders. They always listen them, help them even give up seat to them on a bus. Most of Mongolians were raised by their grandparents and that might be the reason for this respect.

2.HANDSHAKE
Mongolians greet people with handshake using their right hands. They say hello as "sain baina uu". Also if someone steps on your foot accidentally, they shake hands for apology and say "uuchlaarai" (means sorry).

3.CHINGGIS KHAAN EVERYWHERE
Mongolians worship Chinggis Khaan as god and considered him as the founder father of Mongolia. Therefore you will see many faces of Chinggis Khaan everywhere in UB. There are many brand products named Chinggis Khan and monuments. Also our only international airport is called Chinggis Khaan and we have four-star hotel named Chinggis Khaan. You will hear Chinggis Khaan much in UB. 

4.DIFFERENT TARIFF
Most of hotels, travels and some services offer higher tariffs for the foreigners. Lately, it has criticized much and companies started to offer same tariff to both foreigners and Mongolians. Such as museums now have same tariff for everyone.

5.MEN SPITTING EVERYWHERE
Even women spit in the street sometimes.

6.FOUR SEASONS IN A DAY
You will experience four seasons in a day only in Mongolia. Especially in the spring or autumn, you will feel sun in the morning, rain shower in the afternoon, snow and snow storm in the evening and freezing cold during the night. It would be fun and do not forget to check the weather forecast before you leave.  

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7.DRUNK MONGOLIAN MAN
Just ignore drunk Mongolian man. If you are in a club and Mongolian men become aggressive, you should leave immediately.

8.PICKPOCKET
Incidences of pick pocketing and bag slashing have been on the rise, so always keep your personal belongings in a safe place especially if you are in crowded areas.

9.STRAY DOGS AND CATS
You will see many stray dogs in the street, especially in a ger-area. So be aware of them.

10.OFFERING MILK
Mongolian women offer milk and milk tea to the sky every morning. In other words, they traditionally greet each day by boiling a milk tea and sprinkling a little bit of it to the sky from their balcony. Therefore the milk may fall on you and your car.

Generally, Mongolia is a safe place to travel and Ulaanbaatar is considered one of the most peaceful place to live. 

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