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Nomadism has been the way of life for Mongolians since the beginning. Families move to other places in each season to sustain. Mongolian nomads depend on their livestock including sheep, goats, horses, cows, and camels. And they live in a ger (yurt), a large portable tent-like hut made of felt and ornate wooden slats.
Mongolia's nomadic culture is famous – visitors can sleep in a herder's ger (traditional felt yurt), help round up the sheep, ride horses and simply 'get back to nature'. The legacy of Chinggis Khaan and resurgent nationalist pride sharpens the experience. A culture of tremendous hospitality makes locals more accessible. In a world beset by locks and gates, it's refreshing to meet people willing to open their doors to strangers. When traveling in Mongolia, however, keep in mind that guests are expected to reciprocate any forms of generosity, so when visiting families, always have a ready supply of gifts for the kids.
The number of people who choose a nomadic way of life has been decreasing since the early 1900s. Nowadays only around 20 percent of Mongolians live as a nomad while over 60 percent of the population crowds Ulaanbaatar, the capital city. And the other 20 percent live in the center of their respective province or soum. Although the city life continues to attract a large number of people away from their horseback, most of the Mongolians understand that their ancestors had a nomadic lifestyle for a reason and know this is a culture they can not just abandon.
Mongolian culture is not only about nomadic culture, but it is also about the ethnic culture of different regions, it is also about the spiritual culture of different religions. The history and customs of Mongolia are really unique.