Sunday, October 26, 2014

The Not so Great Wall and Genghis Khan

One day in June we decided to go for a drive out to the grasslands. A few miles outside of Ejin Horo Darryl looks off to the right and asks "What is that? It looks like a great wall". Being the adventurous folks we are we drove over to take a look and this is what we found.

A very large, to scale replica of a section of the great wall.

Beautiful Bronze works and fountains-

Granite and marble walk-ways

Beautiful granite friezes

and a carved marble bridge over a moat.

The place was empty. We did see another family walking around while we were there, but no workers. This place is obviously under construction but there was no work going on, nor had there been for a while. 

Looking over to Ejin Horo and Ordos Kangbashi.

I made a comment that this would make a great movie set.

Behind the 'Not so Great Wall' was a smaller section that looked like "The Forbidden City". 

A typical Mongolian Grave Monument for someone special.
With Eric and Echo in front of the "Not so Great" Wall.

As we left the site we saw this interesting contraption. I have no idea what it is. We also saw a sign that told us the entire construction project was being built as a movie set. Ha! What did I tell you?

We drove on down the road and saw the huge tourist area that is Genghis Khan's Mausoleum.  We were running out of time so we didn't pay the $30 to go in. We do want to go back someday. I understand they put on quite a show there and several times a year will do animal sacrifices. Don't necessarily need to see that. 

Yurts are quite a common site in the country. We see them everyday on our way to work. 

This place is full of wonderful people and constant surprises. Did you know that China is the 4th largest country by area? The USA is the 3rd largest. China has 1.4 billion people (USA has 316,000,000) and the cities are packed! But, I love it here in the country!

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