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Ulan Bator

Giant copper mine offers Mongolia a cash bonanza

The Oyu Tolgoi mine in Mongolia is expected to produce 450,000 tonnes of copper concentrate a year at its peak. Photo: Reuters

Deep in the heart of the Gobi Desert in Mongolia amid a landscape of sand dunes and ice canyons, one of the world’s biggest copper mines is about to come on stream.

Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

Last statue of Lenin taken down in Ulan Bator

A crowd watches Lenin's statue being taken away. Photo AFP

Mongolia's capital has removed its last statue of Lenin, one of the final vestiges of the country's longtime alliance with the Soviet Union as it fosters closer links to the West and China.

16 Oct 2012 - 4:07am

Property boom in Mongolia

Glass towers and half-finished buildings loom over the ancient Choijin Lama Temple in Ulan Bator. Photo: Michael Kohn

An American private equity fund manager named Lee Cashell flew to Ulan Bator from Hong Kong 11 years ago and bought three Soviet-era apartments with US$30,000 he had borrowed from a friend.

He fixed them up, sold them for a profit and started a boutique real estate business.

1 Oct 2012 - 1:37am

New mayor's scheme clears up Mongolia's traffic gridlock

Affluent Mongolians, who import luxury vehicles, has contributed to the traffc problems in Ulan Bator.

Since he started his job at Ulan Bator's City Hall six months ago, Bat-Ochir Ganbagana has walked three kilometres each day to work.

From his flat in the southern outskirts of the Mongolian capital, he shuffles past long lines of traffic. The bus, he says, would take twice as long.

1 Sep 2012 - 3:55am

Democrats take Mongolia in new political direction

The transformation of Mongolia from a nomadic herdsman society to an increasingly urbanised nation has helped thrust the opposition Mongolian Democratic Party to victory in parliamentary elections.

7 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Mongolia mulls HK sale of rail stake

Mongolia is considering a Hong Kong flotation of up to 49 per cent of Mongolia Railways, the nation's new rail-building firm, to help finance a US$5 billion expansion programme.

28 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Who said it?

After one year, I still miss Masa. Even now, I still cannot forget him

Lee Mei Chun, mother of slain tour guide Masa Tse Ting-chunn

In the last 20 years, Mongolia has captured the imagination of the world by its remarkable transition to democracy

U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden, in Ulan Bator

23 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Illegal enclave the best address in Ulan Bator

On a freezing night in early December in Zaisan, an area of luxury apartment blocks at the base of the Bogd Khan mountain, a dozen smartly dressed young professionals are viewing a show flat in the brand new Blue Sky Town.

5 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

CNNC unit faces Mongolia setback

CNNC International, the overseas uranium development unit of state-owned nuclear power major China National Nuclear Corp, has suffered a setback in its maiden overseas foray.

17 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Irrational exuberance

FISHING IS A form of madness and fly fishing is probably its most virulent strain. For those who are struggling with this affliction, or know someone who is, Mongolia is a place to purge the fishing demons from the system and find the route to recuperation. I speak from experience. Though I am no fisherman, I have borne witness to this bizarre ailment up close - and in Mongolia.

31 Oct 2000 - 12:00am

Cream cakes in Mongolia

Once a brutalised victim of Soviet industrial planning, Ulan Bator is emerging as the new Kathmandu, an unlikely Shangri-La.

Here you have total freedom, blue skies, sun and wonderful people, says Barrie Evans, a middle-aged management consultant who first came to work here under the European Union's TACIS programme.

29 Sep 1999 - 12:00am

Mongolia now the land of the free

The freest country in Asia must now be Mongolia. Ten years ago when I first arrived in Ulan Bator nobody could have dreamed it.

11 Sep 1999 - 12:00am

No casino

Tycoon Stanley Ho Hung-sun has denied claims by the Mongolian Consul, Denny Yung Yu-yan, that he plans to open a casino with a Beijing joint venture in Ulan Bator. Responding to a report in Tuesday's South China Morning Post, Mr Ho said: 'I have never had any plans to open a casino in Mongolia, nor do any of my companies.'

19 Dec 1998 - 12:00am

Ulan Bator in balancing act as it seeks to be everyone's friend

Mongolia's President Punsalmaagiyn Ochirbat was not exaggerating when he said 'good relations between China and Russia are very important for us'.

2 May 1996 - 12:00am

Plan to keep Silk Road nuclear-free

THE first-ever international conference to help preserve the region containing the ancient Silk Road and to make it a nuclear-free zone has convened in the Mongolian capital of Ulan Bator.

25 Sep 1994 - 12:00am