INTRODUCTION: The isolated and sparsely populated Mongolian People's Republic is slowly establishing a new industry.
GV PAN Mongolian horseman tending flock.
SV PAN Tourist village with Mongolian huts.
SV Tourists resting and leaning against huts before entering one of the huts. (2 SHOTS)
SV TILT DOWN INTO FROM Ornate ceiling TO tourists dining.
SV EXT Tourist talking to Mongolian guide.
LV Modern hotel.
CU PULL BACK TO SV & LV PAN Tourist taking photographs of rock formations. (2 SHOTS)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The isolated and sparsely populated Mongolian People's Republic is slowly establishing a new industry. The government in this Central Asian country is realising that Mongolia's harsh climate and arid landscape, along with its rich history, provide the ultimate in alternative holidays.
SYNOPSIS: At first sight, the forbidding steppe of Mongolia hardly appeals as a venue for a week or two in the sun. But the land and its population of fewer than one-point-seven million people, offer a unique, if remote, vacation. Herdsmen, who now ply their trade as members of communes, are the descendants of one of the world's best known conquerors -- Genghis Khan. Here, East German tourists are finding out what it's like to live in yurt -- traditionally a Mongolian nomad's circular hut.
In Genghis Khan's time, they had collapsible frames and were covered with animal skins or felt. But tourists are provide with more facilities and in this resort, just 80 kilometres (50 miles) from the capital of Ulan Bator, there are Mongolian guides and as an alternative to a yurt, a comfortable hotel.
Although tourism is not well developed, the industry has significant potential. In 1977, the last year for which figures were available, Mongolia attracted no fewer than 160,000 foreign tourists.