Mongolian yurts dot the landscape at the XIII Century Park in Erdene Soum, Tuv Aimag, some 96 kilometers east of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Photos: Bai Tiantian/GT
A traditional Mongolian yurt stands in the XIII Century Park, Erdene Soum, Tuv Aimag.
Riding on a horse, a teenage herder watches his goats on a steppe in Erdene Soum, Tuv Aimag, Mongolia on August 12, 2014.
A camel walks slowly on a steppe in Erdene Soum, Tuv Aimag on August 12.
A statue of Genghis Khan (1162-1227) towers on a hill some 54 kilometers east of Ulaanbaatar, August 13. Khan founded the Mongol Empire (1206-1368), the largest empire in the world before the British Empire (1583-1945).
A close-up of the statue of Genghis Khan reveals him holding a golden whip that according to legend encouraged him to establish his empire.The statue’s location is said to be where a 15-year-old Temujin (Khan's birth name) found the golden whip, which is considered a good omen by Mongolians.
A view of the steppe east of Ulaanbaatar on August 13.
A view of the Tuul River on August 12. At around 704 kilometers, the Tuul is Mongolia’s third longest river and runs through its central and northern territories.
A view of a ranch on the steppes east of Ulaanbaatar on August 13.
A white horse on an unnamed ranch in central Mongolia on August 13.
A group of horses drink water at a tributary of the Tuul River in central Mongolia on August 18.
A calf on an unnamed ranch in central Mongolia on August 13.