Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Documentary - Mongolia

Mongolia is one of the most remote, high elevation countries on the planet. Its vastness - a realm between China and Russia - contains some of the most beautiful landscapes and some of the most arid deserts. Below is a documentary about Mongolia, and scattered throughout this post are random images of Mongolia from Google Image.


Mongolia is one of the highest places on Earth, located between Russia and China. It is characterized by seemingly infinite plains and by the nomadic tradition of its peoples who continue to live in tents. They are completely dedicated to their herds as their ancestors were. With a continental climate, temperatures in Mongolia range from 40 degrees Celsius below zero in the winter to 35 degrees in the summer. Since the end of the communist era, visitors have experienced a secure and stable environment making Mongolia paradise both for business and leisure.

A visit to the Gandan Monastery in Ulaanbaatar, the dynamic capital of the country, the mesmerizing natural beauty of the northern regions, even the mythical Gobi Desert where we will encounter huge dunes and the main dinosaur fossil digs in the world and encounters with its welcoming and generous people, will turn this journey into a unique discovery and an unforgettable experience. Here, one can experience the flavor of unknown territory without any preparation, without dressing and with a spontaneity that is certain to leave a lasting impression. On top of their horses, Mongols gave the world the largest empire that had ever known in just 25 years. Larger than the Roman Empire, larger than all territories conquered by Alexander the Great, Mongolia was forged under the leadership of Temujin, known as Genghis Khan – the emperor of all men to his men who venerated him and still venerate him today.

In 1206, Genghis Khan was able to put together the most powerful and disciplined cavalry ever known with warrior horsemen capable of mobilizing for war in an instant. Genghis Khan created the feared flash warfare, a tactic that modern armies still use. This national hero and his successors conquered all of Asia and European Russia and they established armies even in Central Europe and in Southeast Asia without ever abandoning their families that traveled with them in their years. Genghis Khan’s conquest were a major reason for the genetic mix that took place between Mongols and other people. It is said that the greatest treasures for the Mongols were the two key elements for life on the steps, women and horses. It is also said that one out of every 200 people is a descendant of Genghis Khan, although, only Mongol children are born with a blue stain on their back that disappears after their first year.
Along with a tradition of liberty and free movement that characterizes nomads and during a period of time known as Pax Mongolica, the Mongols covered an open and secured territory for commerce and for the free practice of religion that began in the Far East and ended in Europe. An area that voyagers and explores such as Marco Polo took full advantage of. After the death of Genghis Khan and of his eldest son, nothing more was known of his audacious cavalry. The Mongols are still the only people to ride on foot which enables them to cover long distances without tiring out the horses too much. Since the horseman eases each jumps with his knees and also allows them to rotate their torso completely in order to shoot arrows against the enemy in any direction.
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