Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Modern Nomads or City dwellers in Mongolia

Ulaanbaatar, the capital city of Mongolia reached 1.5 millions of inhabitants already. Besides Post Soviet style downtown of the city and modern luxurious apartment houses and townhouses, the suburb of UB filled with ger district. Yesterday's herders, who had no chance to continue their lifestyle in steppe due to pasture degradation caused by mining, desertification and licensing under mining survey, they are filling hillsides around UB with their yurts or gers. So ger is also good for transition from nomadic lifestyle to urban living. It is solution for squatters. Indeed I've seen Dutch squatters with yurts moved in empty church yard in Belgium after trial to settle in France. So in Europe you can see nomads.

You can see on image that ger can be fitted easily in any landplots or in corners.

But inside yurt, always amazingly comfortable

You can see ger district is fitting to all curves of landscape with their problems.

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