KING­DOM OF AN­I­MAL HUS­BANDRY ON THE PRAIRIE

Beijing (English) - - COLOURFUL WORLD -

Mon­go­lia means “Fire of Eter­nity” or “Fire that Never Goes out.” It is a land­locked coun­try in Asia that borders China to the east, south and west and is ad­ja­cent to Rus­sia's Siberia re­gion in the north. Ulan Ba­tor is its cap­i­tal and is also the largest city in the coun­try.

Mon­go­lia has an area of 1.56 mil­lion sq. km. It is the 17th largest coun­try in the world but has quite a small pop­u­la­tion. The coun­try cov­ers part of the Gobi Desert and has a com­plex ge­o­log­i­cal struc­ture.

Mon­go­lia fea­tures green grass­lands that stretch to the hori­zon. An­i­mal hus­bandry is Mon­go­lia's tra­di­tional in­dus­try and has a close cor­re­la­tion with its land. This in­dus­try is the foun­da­tion of its na­tional econ­omy and the main source of raw ma­te­ri­als for its pro­cess­ing in­dus­try and daily ne­ces­si­ties. Mon­go­lia is known as the “King­dom of An­i­mal Hus­bandry.” Sheep, cat­tle, horses, camels and other an­i­mals are raised here. Agri­cul­tural of­fer­ings in­clude wheat, veg­eta­bles, po­ta­toes and fod­der crops. The in­dus­try also in­cludes the pro­cess­ing of live­stock prod­ucts in­clud­ing meat, dairy and leather, which serve as some of Mon­go­lia's main ex­port prod­ucts. The first things that usu­ally come to peo­ple's minds when think­ing about Mon­go­lia are the blue sky, white clouds, green grass and clear wa­ters that com­prise its prairie scenery.

Mon­go­lia brought vis­i­tors “Gifts from the Prairie” to the third “Colour­ful World” event, in­clud­ing 100 per­cent cash­mere scarves and shirts; cal­cium-rich cheese and milk tea; must-have items for Mon­go­lian yurts like cop­per boil­ers for cook­ing meat prod­ucts; tra­di­tional folk cakes that are eaten dur­ing fes­ti­vals; morin khuur, which is a spe­cial mu­si­cal in­stru­ment on the prairie; sea-buck­thorn juice and red plum juice, which are es­sen­tial drinks for Mon­go­lians; and oth­ers. The ex­hi­bi­tion booth dis­played many as­pects of life in the grass­lands and at­tracted many vis­i­tors. One said, “The cheese tastes very authen­tic. Peo­ple should try it.'' An­other men­tioned: “The cash­mere scarf feels good, and it feels like it would be great in the win­ter.” Peo­ple en­joyed spe­cial ex­hibits about the prairie and learned about Mon­go­lian cul­ture.

Min­ing is also be­com­ing a new en­gine for rapid eco­nomic devel­op­ment in Mon­go­lia. The coun­try is rich in min­eral re­sources, and some of its de­posits rank high among other coun­tries, with no large-scale ex­plo­ration and devel­op­ment be­ing con­ducted.

Gang Hai was in charge of the coun­try's ex­hi­bi­tion booth at the ‘‘Colour­ful World'' event. She men­tioned that she and her team­mates have vis­ited China many times for China-mon­go­lia cul­tural ex­changes and ex­hi­bi­tion ac­tiv­i­ties. Gang stated: “I am very in­ter­ested in par­tic­i­pat­ing in th­ese ac­tiv­i­ties, which pro­vide Mon­go­lia with a plat­form for show­cas­ing its na­tional cul­ture and char­ac­ter­is­tics. Next year will mark the 70th an­niver­sary of the es­tab­lish­ment of diplo­matic re­la­tions be­tween China and Mon­go­lia. The two coun­tries have had good in­ter­ac­tions in their eco­nomic and cul­tural en­gage­ments and have been trad­ing part­ners for a long time. I be­lieve that there will be more ex­cit­ing ac­tiv­i­ties next year. I hope that th­ese ac­tiv­i­ties can en­able more and more Chi­nese friends to be able to learn about Mon­go­lia.” The Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive is un­der­way and pro­vides an im­por­tant op­por­tu­nity for the devel­op­ment of Mon­go­lia. Gang ex­pects her coun­try to ac­tively par­tic­i­pate in the cre­ation of the Belt and Road and lever­age op­por­tu­ni­ties brought about by China's eco­nomic devel­op­ment to help drive new devel­op­ment in the coun­try.

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