The 22 Places to Go in 2017

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Why now: When it opens this January the ultra-modern New Ulaanbaatar International Airport is expected to increase arrivals into the Mongolian capital from just over a million last year to more than 2.5 million in 2017. The rapidly developing city of Ulaanbaatar will also unveil a rash of new hospitality projects, including the $500 million Shangri-La Centre, replete with a luxury hotel, shopping complex, and state-of-the-art sports club.

What to see: Beyond the capital, Mongolia has made a name for itself in recent years as an eco-tourism and adventure travel mecca with ample opportunities to go horse trekking into the wild with nomadic herders and sleep in traditional gers (yurts).

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