World's only museum on history of Mongols opens in north China


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The world's only museum dedicated to the history of Mongols opened in Ordos City, north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China News Service reported on Wednesday.

With a total usable area of 6,220 square meters, the museum consists of six exhibition halls, displaying 2,676 pieces of cultural relics, artworks and books.

Known for its world-famous collection of "The Secret History of the Mongols", the oldest surviving literary work in the Mongolian language, the museum systematically displays the original materials and related documents of the Mongolian literary work.

The museum keeps 211 pieces of important cultural relics such as gold coins of Genghis Khan, the founder and first Great Khan of the Mongol Empire, a series of oil paintings and 13 kinds of works of "The Secret History of the Mongols" by more than 30 Chinese and Mongolian artists.

The calligraphy scroll of "The Secret History of the Mongols" in Mongolian writing systems written by Bao Jinshan, the museum's founder, was presented to the Shanghai Expo 2010 as the only piece from the autonomous region.

"The Secret History of the Mongols" is the first literary work of the Mongols, which records the genealogy of Genghis Khan's ancestors and the achievements of his life, as well as the history of Ogedei Khan's (Genghis Khan's son and successor) reign.