In ancient times, tea caravans carried the valuable commodity between China, Mongolia and Russia which was called the ‘Tea Road’. The presidents of the three neighbouring countries held the first trilateral meeting in 2014 which at which they agreed on creating an ‘economic corridor’ along the old ‘Tea-Road’, bringing together initiatives such as the Steppe Road of Mongolia, the Eurasian Economic Union of Russia and the Belt and Road of China.
This year, a heritage festival entitled “Tea Road” will be held in western Khovd province on 13-16 August to attract domestic and foreign tourists. The tourism event will include a camel caravan, mini Naadam festival, tea-making ceremony, horsemanship competition, contortion performances and folk arts.
Khovd, which is Mongolia’s westernmost province is home to multi-ethnic groups.