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Contact between northern nomads and the people of China was based as much on trade as on war. On the steppes, the Mongols couldn’t grow many crops, making agricultural trade with China essential. There was also high demand among nomadic tribes for sophisticated textiles such as silk and cotton, as well as metal to make weapons. The Chinese, meanwhile, coveted the nomads’ small horses for war. They could not raise the large number of mounts they needed in Chinese stables, and the nomads seemed to have more than anyone else. However, there was an imbalance in these trade relations: the Chinese could manage without horses, but the Mongols could not forgo food or clothing.
—  “Trading with the Enemy,” by Borja Alcaide.
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so fluffy!!

I feel very guilty and happy for taking this picture because it perfectly shows Mongolian culture and our human characters. Also, our famous hospitality.

We were in the middle of nowhere, seeking for a shelter, following dirt path; and we saw this family, their yurts (ger.) Went there to ask which dirt roads to follow for our next destination but they, without seconds of thought, gave one of their yurts for us to spend the night. For an urban kid like me it was the first time witnessing it.

Only thing that makes me feel guilty is that I might scared this true Mongolian girl with my camera. At the same time, hopefully, you can see how nomadic Mongolians grow to be very shy. And I love this about my people.