Mongolia, story ideas with images, video, and words
With a two day drive from Beijing to Ulan Bator a little more than 36 hours away, I have compiled a list of stories with short explanations in the prospect that some industry professionals will visit this blog and have an interest in publishing one or more of them.
All of them in some form or another will include a written story, accompanied by photos and video.
They are in no particular order right now, if there is an interest, the production focus will shift accordingly. Of course, if serendipity chooses to rear its head, it must be obeyed. If interested, please email me for more details.
Geh Shantytown-Over 25% of Mongolians now live in a makeshift town north of the captial without adaquate infrastruture or support. Climate change, exceptionally cold winters, and desertification have forced many to come here from the countryside, displacing more than 700,000 people. More can be found at a Guardian article here. This is one of the more important stories I will focus on because it involves helping an NGO and locals, I also have an interest in possibly extending this into a long-term visual project. This will coincide with two more stories-one is to help promote an NGO (New Choice) working in the area with a mobile clinic, and also doing a “Day in the Life of a Volunteer“, shadowing them as they do work in the shantytown.
The Gobi Desert, driving/camping in Mongolia (Beijing to Ulan Bator)-This will cover things needed before, during, and after the trip, driving tips, customs when encountering nomads, where to go and what to do. The Gobi is the ultimate goal, but might not be achievable given the time we have, it will also require a guide and more gear. Substitutes will be Gorkhi Terelj National Park and Khustain Nuruu National Park, both of which are close to Ulan Bator and offer fantastic scenery, natural beauty, and unique wildlife.
12 hours in Ulan Bator (or around that)-The premise here is that most travelers who come to Mongolia only use the capital as a hub- spreading out on arrival into the various grasslands, deserts, and sights that permeate the country. This will cover the “highlights” or “must-see” attractions of the city, possibly in timeline form, with different breakouts for unique or curious sidelines so the reader can have a more customizable feel and be able to better plan their stay in the city.
It will have the normal requirements of location, time for visit, how to get there, and costs. There will also be a brief description and history of a place, and anything else of interest near it. A map with the route taken and offshoots can also be created, with photos and video accompaniment. A Google map of the locations listed below can be seen here.
Possible places include:
Gandantegchinlen Monastery-Tibetan style monastery with over 150 monks and a 26.5 meter statue of a deity.
National Museum of Mongolian History (or The Museum of Natural History, or both)-I will write about them in relation to Sukhbaatar Square, the heart of the city and where the two museums are located. Another option can be the Zanabazar Museum, home to Mongolia’s most famous artist. There is also a smaller gallery located within it that showcases contemporary Mongolian artists.
Bogd Khaan Winter Palace Museum-Although called a museum, it is architecutally and historically significant, as well as on the way to the Zaisan Memorial.
Zaisan Memorial-A place that honors Soviet soldiers killed in WWII, and the best place to get a panoramic view of Ulan Bator.
Narantuul Market-Translated as “Black Market”, it is the main market in the city, and on weekends can get up to 60,000 people buying, selling, and pickpocketing.
Genghis Khan Statue-Still under construction, and a bit outside of the city, this is still a sight to see with a 40 meter high statue of Mongolia’s honored hero, it has an elevator built into the horses’ hind legs taking you to the top.
Posted on June 20, 2011, in Mongolia and tagged Asia, camping, driving, Gobi Desert, Gorkhi Terelj National Park, ideas, Khustain Nuruu National Park, Mongolia, National Museum of Mongolian History, NGO, Non-governmental organization, stories, travel, Ulan Bator. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.