ULAANBATAAR, MONGOLIA - OCTOBER 20: A worker walks through a new restaurant under construction as a real estate boom in the capital city continues on October 20, 2012 in Ulaanbataar, Mongolia. Some ... more 
ULAANBATAAR, MONGOLIA - OCTOBER 20: A worker walks through a new restaurant under construction as a real estate boom in the capital city continues on October 20, 2012 in Ulaanbataar, Mongolia. Some 100 years ago, Mongolia gained independence from Qing China, and more than 20 years ago it removed itself from the Soviet Bloc. Since then, the country has been undergoing massive social, economic and political changes. Mongolia is a land of amazing contrasts and is the most sparsely populated country on earth, with fewer than 3 million people. (Photo by Paula Bronstein/Getty Images) less 
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