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Ulan Bator holidays

The capital of Mongolia is a sprawling city set in a green valley fringed with mountains, although it has a compact centre set around Sukhbaatar Square. The city was founded in 1778 and called the City of Felt, it became known as Ulan Bator which means ‘Red Hero’ in 1924 when it was under Soviet control. The Soviet influence is apparent in the apartment blocks and factories of the outskirts, most notably in the huge power station, although this is mixed with some pleasant places to explore in the centre of the city.

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