Thursday, January 26, 2012
Monday, January 23, 2012
In 1860, French and British troops ransacked the summer palace and the heads were pillaged.
Monday, January 16, 2012
This a view of a new stainless steel sculpture of Chinggis Khan and his horse that is 120 feet tall in the middle of a valley. The small black bits above the horses mane are people!
Chinggis is the proper way to say Genghis, which can mean 'ocean' - in this case an ocean of grass that stretched from China to the Danube River and into Persia. He united the warring Mongol tribes and created the largest empire ever. Ruthless, yes, but also responsible for advances in civilization such as trade, diplomacy, meritocracy, and a tolerance for different religions. For a good overview, read 'Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World'.
BTW, John Wayne played Genghis Khan is a movie called 'The Conqueror' with Susan Hayward as his wife.
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Friday, January 6, 2012
In 1990, with the Mongolians in charge of their own future, they set about restoring this important site, including rebuilding the 88 foot tall copper with gold plating Buddha. Many of the buildings are Tibetan style. Well loved part of Ulaanbatar.
Monday, January 2, 2012
They do exist (I think).