Ulaan Bataar is not a pretty city. It is a city of aging, mid-century soviet architecture, polluted air, and potholes that can fill an entire lane. There is one major store, the State Store that sells everything from tourist items to groceries, although if you want to buy vegetables, those seem to be sold out of the trunks of cars along the street. Many of the old temples have been neglected or partially destroyed while under soviet control. Traffic rules seem to consist of if you can fit your car in a spot you can drive there. All in all I couldnt't wait to get out of the city and into the country.