Photographer's Note

The capital of Mongolia, Ulan Bator, is affectionately abbreviated, to just 'UB'. Here's a streetscape, that few tourists seem eager to record. The text is Russian Cyrillic. About one third of Mongolia's total population of 3 million, live in this one city.

From Wikipedia:

"Ulan Bator, or Ulaanbaatar (Mongolian: Улаанбаатар) is the capital and largest city of Mongolia. The city is an independent municipality not part of any province, and its population as of 2008 is just over 1 million.[1]

Located in the north central part of the country, the city lies at an elevation of about 1310 m in a valley on the Tuul River. It is the cultural, industrial, and financial heart of the country. It is a transport center, connected by highway to all the major towns in Mongolia and by rail to the Trans-Siberian Railway and Chinese railroad network.[2]

The city was founded in 1639 as a Buddhist monastery center and, in the 20th century, grew into a major manufacturing center defined by its broad boulevards and squares and Socialist Classicist-style buildings."

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