Welcome to Khalkhiin Gol
At the far eastern edge of Mongolia, the region of Khalkhiin Gol (Халхын Гол) is best known to travellers – and the world – as the site of a pre-World War II battle that significantly changed the course of Mongolian (and arguably, world) history. This is a land of sharp grass, rounded ridges and big vistas overlooking the Khalkhiin River and the hills that mark the Chinese border beyond. Most folks come to soak up the history of the battlefield and check out the many Soviet-style military monuments that dot the grasslands. The one outpost of civilisation – besides some border patrol posts – is the desolate settlement of Khalkhgol (Халхгол). The people are friendly, but fields of trash, crumbling apartment blocks, and clouds of steppe dust make for the sort of town even Mad Max might think is a little too rough.