Located just outside the town of Kharkhorin, about 360 kilometres from Ulaanbaatar, Karakorum was established as the headquarters of Genghis Khan’s assault on China in the 13th century and became capital of the Mongol Empire shortly after. It also rose to become one of the most important cities on the Silk Road. Abandoned after the Empire’s collapse and scavenged for building material, you’ll find statues and relics scattered about the area. Close by Erdene Zuu Khiid, which itself was abandoned during the communist purges, is a museum and monastery that is well worth a visit too.
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The world’s largest and most populous continent, Asia is a vibrant and rambunctious fusion of ethnicities, cultures and customs; an incomparably rich and turbulent history showcased by mindboggling feats of architecture and engineering; a geography that encompasses towering peaks, unfathomable gorges and paradisiacal beaches; and a biodiversity that is so abundant that you’ll be reaching for your wildlife guide.