One of Nine Wonders of Dundgobi aimag: Uush MankhanArt & Culture
Dundgobi /MONTSAME/. Three of the Nine Wonders of Dundgobi aimag are located in the territory of Ulziit soum - Del Mountain, Tsagaan Suvarga, and Uush Mankhan sand dunes. Alongside its wondrous Gobi beauty, the trinity of wonders boast for its historical anthropology, culture and heritage, natural phenomenon, and healing properties.
Uush Mankhan is an area with sand dunes that have healing “magical effects”. Former Prime Minister of Mongolia, late J.Narantsatsralt has also praised its curative properties, highlighting that it is one of the select few places with sands with such effects in the world. The sands of these particular dunes are said to relieve pain in the kidney and joints.
Located at a distance of 420 km from Ulaanbaatar city and 150 km from the central soum of Dundgobi aimag, the dunes have very fine particles that are rich with minerals. It stretches for 5 km from the west to the east.
After the discovery of the “magic” of the sands in 1978, a health resort specializing in all types of kidney diseases, gynecological disorders, and rickets in children was established near the area in 1986.
Alongside seeing the sand dunes and resting up at the resort, visitors are also able to visit the nearby located site named Zagiin usnii khooloi at which saxaul groves and kharmag berries (nitraria) can be found.
With the capacity to receive 80-100 visitors at once, the health resort has treated over 10,000 people from 1986 to 2015.