1. Kyrgyzstan’s walnut forests are among the world’s largest natural forests of this type.

2. “Manas,” a narration of the migration of the Kyrgyz under the Manas leadership, is one of the world’s longest epics.

3. The city of Osh was an important commercial center in the 10th century as part of the Silk Road, the trade route between China and Europe.

4. The Inylchek Glacier of Kyrgyzstan is one of the largest glaciers in the world.

5. The name Kyrgyz is derived from the Kyrgyz word for “forty.” It is a possibility that the people of Kyrgyzstan came from forty families or clans.

6. The Kyrgyz were one of the groups who raided the borders of China and created the need for the construction of the Great Wall.

7. Be careful in the cities of Osh, Jalal-Abad, and Bishkek. The roads and sidewalks are filled with holes and uncovered sewers.

8. Kyrgyzstan is one of the few countries that have a currency with a denomination of 3 som.

9. Alcohol is very cheap in Kyrgyzstan. A bottle of vodka is priced at around 180 som (3.5 EUR), while beer costs 60 som (1.2 EUR).

10. Tourists can negotiate with any car on the road; they’re all potential taxis – if the price is right.

Photo Credit: Jay Ramji’s Travels @flickr