Mongolia, modernized

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Mongolia, modernized

These days, nomads cruise around on motorcycles, not horses
Cows roam the Inner Mongolia grasslands in August outside of Chifeng, China. It’s no longer about the armed warriors, Genghis Khan and the robed nomads prancing through lush greenery on horseback. In China’s barely populated Inner Mongolian grasslands, what had defined Mongolian culture for outsiders have long been swapped for leather outfits, motorbikes, cell phones and tourism.
A man drives a truck past a yurt in August in the Inner Mongolia grasslands outside of Chifeng, China. It’s no longer about the armed warriors, Genghis Khan and the robed nomads prancing through lush greenery on horseback. In China’s barely populated Inner Mongolian grasslands, what had defined Mongolian culture for outsiders have long been swapped for leather outfits, motorbikes, cell phones and tourism.
A man checks his cell phone at a night market in August in Chifeng, China. The night market in Chifeng offers a smorgasbord of knick-knacks and necessities, from beef kebabs and toys to underwear and sheets, stretching many blocks.

Mongolia, modernized

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Cows roam the Inner Mongolia grasslands in August outside of Chifeng, China. It’s no longer about the armed warriors, Genghis Khan and the robed nomads prancing through lush greenery on horseback. In China’s barely populated Inner Mongolian grasslands, what had defined Mongolian culture for outsiders have long been swapped for leather outfits, motorbikes, cell phones and tourism.
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A man drives a truck past a yurt in August in the Inner Mongolia grasslands outside of Chifeng, China. It’s no longer about the armed warriors, Genghis Khan and the robed nomads prancing through lush greenery on horseback. In China’s barely populated Inner Mongolian grasslands, what had defined Mongolian culture for outsiders have long been swapped for leather outfits, motorbikes, cell phones and tourism.
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A man checks his cell phone at a night market in August in Chifeng, China. The night market in Chifeng offers a smorgasbord of knick-knacks and necessities, from beef kebabs and toys to underwear and sheets, stretching many blocks.
If you go

Inner Mongolia: Two English-language websites offering information about tour groups and companies in Inner Mongolia are http://bit.ly/auvu0E and http://bit.ly/d3tQwP.
Getting there: Train trips from Beijing to Chifeng take anywhere from six to 10 hours. The cheapest, slowest train costs about $19 (124 yuan). To go from Chifeng to the grasslands, most visitors hire a driver or join a tour. Drivers run about $30 (200 yuan) a day.
Accommodations: A tourist yurt costs $7.50-$30 (50-200 yuan) nightly, depending on the time of year, with June-August more expensive than other months. If you can find a real nomad to host you, the cost might run $7.50-$15 (50-100 yuan).
Hexigten Global Geopark: http://www. globalgeopark.org/ publish/portal1/tab133/info270.htm.

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