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Ulan Bator: The capital and largest city of Mongolia
Common clue: _____ Bator; It means “red” in Mongolian; Half an Asian capital?; Bator's leader
Crossword puzzle frequency: 5 times a year
Frequency in English language: 44739 / 86800
News: Bit of a squeeze in Ulan Bator
Road Crossing, Ulan Bator, Mongolia

A donkey that carries me is worth more than a horse that kicks me.Mongolian proverb

Ulaanbaatar or Ulan Bator (Red Hero) is the capital of Mongolia. In 1998 its population was estimated at 650,000. It is situated north and slightly east of the center of Mongolia, on the Tuul River, a subtributary of the Selenga, in a valley at the foot of the mountain Bogdo Uul.

Founded in 1649 as a Buddhist monastery town named Urga, it prospered in the 1860s as a commercial center on the tea route between Russia and China. Mongolia first proclaimed its autonomy in 1911, and when the city became the capital of the new Mongolian People's Republic in 1924, its name was changed to Ulaanbaatar ("red hero" in the Mongolian language), in honor of Mongolia's national hero Suhbaatar, who liberated Mongolia from Ungern von Sternberg's troops, Chinese rule, and called in the Soviet Red Army. His statue still adorns Ulaanbaatar's central square.

Suhbaatar, the Mongolian Lenin

Ulaanbaatar has an international airport, Buyant Ukhaa Airport and is connected by highway to all the major towns in Mongolia and by rail to the Trans-Siberian railway and Chinese railroad systems. The city has the only university in the country, Mongolian State University. But there are number of colleges both private and public. A historical library contains a wealth of ancient Mongolian, Chinese, and Tibetan manuscripts.

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