Fun Facts About Mongolia

AdventureWomen on a camel ride in Mongolia

Camel ride on our Mongolia trip – “Mongolia: In Search of Dragons and Eagles”

Here are some “fun facts” about Mongolia which we learned while on our Mongolia adventure vacation for women “In Search of Dragons and Eagles”:

  1. Mongolia has the oldest National Park in the world. Lying just south of ULanbaatar, the Bogd Khan National Park dates its origin to 1778.
  2. Roy Chapman Andrews made the first discovery of dinosaur eggs in the Gobi Desert. His exploits inspired the creation of Indiana Jones.
  3. The Gobi Desert was once a sea – which explains the marine fossils!
  4. A 131 foot statue of Genghis Khan sits on the steppe about an hours drive from Ulanbaatar. He sits on the worlds tallest statue of a horse.
  5. Genghis Khan was just a title. His real name was Temujin.
  6. Ulanbataar used to move three times a year – a truly nomadic city!
  7. Ulaanbaatar means “Red Hero”.
  8. Genghis Khan’s grandson, Kublai, united China for the first time. His dynasty became known as the Yuan dynasty.
  9. A quarter of the world’s population lives in Mongolia.
  10. Snow leopards are native to Mongolia but a snow leopard cannot purr nor roar.
  11. Mongolia’s nomads keep eagles as pets. The Kazakh minority hunt with them.