Talk:Ulaanbaatar

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The statement "When under communist control, the city was forbidden to waste funds on beautification projects, and this policy is no doubt partly responsible for the city's present drab and uninteresting architecture" needs a source or should be removed. - (WT-en) jstampfl 23:09, 15 April 2009 (EDT)

We don't do sources here, but if you know for a fact - or can verify - this is wrong, feel free to remove it, otherwise let it stay - UB is indeed one of the most drab looking cities on the face of the planet, a travesty really, considering it's the capital of one the most beautiful and hospitable countries on earth. --(WT-en) Stefan (sertmann) Talk 23:16, 15 April 2009 (EDT)
I can't find any older Mongolians who agree with the statement about the forbiddeness. There are many old, pre-democratic, remnants of beautification projects if you look around the city, so I am going to change to just a statement about the drabness.(WT-en) jstampfl 04:49, 5 May 2009 (EDT)
It appears that this site "http://iguide.travel/Ulaanbaatar/Eating/Mid-range" is copying restaurant information from wikivoyage.(WT-en) jstampfl 04:49, 5 May 2009 (EDT)
Ah, but they (unlike most) are actually doing that legally. Our license stipulates that anyone can reuse our content for any purpose, provided they attribute the authors and keep it licensed under CC Share-Alike. If you check the bottom of that article, you'll see that they do this. --(WT-en) Peter Talk 05:15, 5 May 2009 (EDT)
iGuide are mirroring the entire contents wikivoyage and plastering with ads - tasteless - but entirely legal. --(WT-en) Stefan (sertmann) Talk 05:59, 5 May 2009 (EDT)

Mastercard ATMs[edit]

"the machines in the central Post Office and main street will not accept foreign MasterCards although they bear the logo"

When I was there in July 2009 ATM:s at the Post Office, train station and at other places in the city accepted my Swedish MasterCard. The rate was also very good since my Swedish card doesn't add a currency conversion fee.

When I was there in spring 2008, the various bank's atm's rarely accepted both Visa and Mastercard, but usually accepted one of them. Don't know about the postoffice, but it's definitely something worth noting. --(WT-en) Stefan (sertmann) Talk 07:28, 23 August 2009 (EDT)
Yes, just write it up a bit more neutral to warm travelers for this. (WT-en) Globe-trotter 13:02, 24 August 2009 (EDT)
To update this conversation, TDB Bank credit card readers list MasterCard, UnionPay, Visa, and some other providers as accepted forms of payments. You should be fine since TDB ATMs can be found all over the place. Also, Discover Card, American Express, and Paypal are not accepted or useable inside Mongolia.Altaihunters (talk) 07:47, 23 September 2013 (UTC)

Coordinates[edit]

Please specify coordinates in decimal. Example: lat = 47.91909 | long = 106.91665. You can use the GeoMap. - Greetings! Joachim Mey2008 (talk) 17:43, 4 August 2013 (UTC)

Update the banner image?[edit]

File:Ulan Bator 2016.jpg
Ulan Bator 2016

With this article up for a potential DoTM, I found this image on wikicommons that we could crop to fit the proper banner aspect ratio. I feel like it's a much more attractive image when compared to the current one. Additionally, this one appears to have been taken in 2015 and so might be more ideal since it is more up-to-date (old one's wikicommons page says it was taken in 2009). I'd like to know if there would be any opposition to changing the banner. I know we sometimes don't like to have generic cityscapes be the banner (but since this article's banner is a generic cityscape, I thought replacing it with a prettier one would be better). DethDestroyerOfWords (talk) 17:11, 3 March 2017 (UTC)

HDR really grinds my gears. I find this image very unpleasant. --ButteBag (talk) 17:21, 3 March 2017 (UTC)
I don't even know what HDR is, haha! I just thought the original banner, while nice, is plain and doesn't scream: visit me. While this image seemed more eye-catching and up-to-date.DethDestroyerOfWords (talk) 18:47, 3 March 2017 (UTC)
Check this out, if you're interested. HDR isn't bad necessarily, but it's way easy to overdo it. This image is an example of "overdoing it", lol! --ButteBag (talk) 19:04, 3 March 2017 (UTC)

Restaurants[edit]

Unsure if these are in business as of June 2017. No reports of them being closed, but I couldn't really find anything online about them. --ϒpsilon (talk) 18:40, 19 June 2017 (UTC)

  • My Homemade Khushur (On Peace Avenue near the State Department Store). Serves a favorite Mongolian dish, mutton fried in dough. One khushur is 500 ₮, and three is a pretty adequate meal.
  • 1 Izbushka (Русское Бистро «Избушка») (On the Northeast corner of the square in front of the Zanabazar Fine Arts Museum). 10:00-20:00. Small Russian restaurant, various dishes, Piroshki (small pies with meat or vegetarian filling). Meals are 4,000–6,000 ₮, Piroshki is 800 ₮.
  • Hap Cap, Namyangju St. no.51 (On the top floor of the Made In Mongolia block). F-W 10:00-20:00. Simple budget restaurant that does a wide range of Mongolian food. The difference is that menus have photos of a lot of the dishes, and the portions are Mount-Everest sized! Ideal if visiting Narantuul Zakh (aka Black Market) and also reachable from east Peace Avenue.
  • Sansar Asian Food (Cancap Azi Xool), Ikh Tooyruu St (From the East Crossroad, north past the Kempinski Hotel, on the east side of the street, about 400 m), 88080005. 24 hours. US$10.
  • 2 Nagomi Sushi Restaurant (Inside the Khaan Bank building on Seoul Street, just past the Circus). The meals are prepared by a Japanese chef. Also run a full Japanese Restaurant at the Kempinski Hotel. Each plate is 3,000–7,000 ₮ with 4 or 5 making a meal.

"Apocalyptic" air pollution[edit]

I think we need a "Stay healthy" section, but if not, this has to be covered in "Stay safe": https://www.bbc.com/news/av/science-environment-47673327/mongolia-a-toxic-warning-to-the-world Ikan Kekek (talk) 18:13, 24 March 2019 (UTC)