Tourism in Mongolia

Authored by: Dallen J. Timothy

The Routledge Handbook of Tourism in Asia

Print publication date:  September  2016
Online publication date:  September  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138784581
eBook ISBN: 9781315768250
Adobe ISBN: 9781317665892

10.4324/9781315768250.ch25

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Abstract

Mongolia is a land of mystery, a place that for decades has stimulated the imaginations of astute schoolchildren and history buffs. Mongolia's unique cultures and natural landscapes have long wielded considerable appeal among outsiders and drawn in explorers and travel writers (Montagu 1957). Nomadic herders, their dwellings and animals against a backdrop of dramatic steppe grasslands and deserts have created an inseparable natural and anthropic landscape unlike any other. Mongolia's landscape engendered many of the legends and stories associated with the reign of Genghis Khan (Chinggis Khan) and was the hearth from which the massive Mongol Empire spread.

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