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Choibalsan

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Choibalsan is the capital of Dornod province.

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By Intercity Bus. Buses leave daily from the Eastern Bus Terminal at 8am. Arrives in Choilbalsan at 11pm. These are old Russian buses since part of the road is unmaintained dirt. Stops to eat twice on the way. Stops a few more times at small stores where you can buy drinks, candy etc. The Bus Terminal is about 10km east of the center of Ulaanbaatar. Return buses leave at 8pm from Choibalsan. You need to buy a ticket a day or two in advance. The ticket is for an exact seat by number.

By Airplane. Either Eznis or Aeromongolia url="http://www.discovermongolia.mn/flights_domestic.php"

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The "G.K. Zhukov Museum" is named after Russian General Georgy Zhukov. He s famous mainly for commanding the defense of Stalingrad, but his first great victory was here. In the late thirties, "Manchuko" (Manchuria) was a Japanese puppet state and Mongolia very much in the Soviet sphere of influence; there were a series of border clashes. These ended when Zukov, commanding a mainly Soviet force with some Mongolian troops, inflicted a decisive defeat on Japanese forces at the Battle of Khalkhin Gol in August 1939.

This battle is not well-known in the West, but it was rather important. It was not a small battle; each side had well over 50,000 troops involved. The crushing result — estimates of Japanese casualties run from 15,000 to over 40,000 — greatly affected Japanese strategy in Asia. After Khalkin Gol, they gave up their plan to take Siberia and turned instead to planning attacks on South East Asia.

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