Souvenirs from Mongolia
Visitors to Mongolia are amazed at the varied landscapes and experiences offered by the country, and delighted with the quality and beauty of their Mongolian souvenirs. Wool is a popular choice for clothing, especially when turned into heavy felt, used to make coats, bags, stuffed toys and tents. These pieces are warm and water repellent, and can be embroidered to accent their designs. Soft cashmere wool is spun into soft scarfs and sweaters, and is a classy touch to any wardrobe. Leather items, such as satchels, belts and saddles, are more substantial souvenirs from Mongolia, or you may wish to purchase a carved wooden toy, bowl or tray to accent a mantelpiece or office desk. Gloriously colorful, batik fabric can be used as a wall hanging or turned into bedspreads or curtains, or you may wish to adorn a study with a traditional painting. Key chains, postcards, and magnets are small pieces of memorabilia that will be cherished by the recipient.
The Geography of Mongolia
Mongolia is the 19th largest country in world, with over 1.5 million km of area. As one might imagine, there is a wide variety of climates within its borders. The majority of the land is steppes, with the Gobi Desert in the south, and mountain ranges framing the north and west regions. The highest point is Khuiten Peak at 4,374 meters, located in the far west of the country. Mongolia experiences extremes in temperatures, with short, hot summers and very cold, long winters. The harshest of winter storms are referred to as zuds, when there is so much snowfall that the cattle are unable to reach the plants underneath and starve. Fortunately, these are rare events, as there are over 250 cloudless days every year, on average. Precipitation ranges from 100 to 350 millimeters throughout the country, mostly occurring during the summer months. The lowest recorded record of precipitation occurred in the Gobi Desert, when only 41 millineters fell from 1960-1990.