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... important recurring themes. First, Mongolians were part of China from the beginning, and their cultural diversity contributed to the "cultural distinctiveness" of greater China. In this way, it is not problematic that Genghis' hordes conquered the Qin, since their achievements are China's achievements. Likewise, the later Manchurian conquest is not problematic since Manchuria is doubtless also depicted as part of China ...
... dance that traffic and pedestrians engage in at each large intersection. There are traffic signals, but they often don't follow a logical sequence and most pedestrians seem to take them as suggestions rather than rules. The rule at most intersections seemed to be: when there are enough pedestrians waiting to cross and a slight gap appears between oncoming cars, stride boldly across in a group and expect traffic to accommodate you.
... me to sleep.
In the morning we arrived at Nomyn-Uud, where we sat for two hours while Mongolian customs officials took our passports away and then returned them. The customs form was entirely in Mongolian; I had to rely on Gao’s translation and my limited Mandarin to fill it out.
Finally, we creaked forward and arrived three minutes later in the Chinese border town of Erlian, where Chinese ...
... government ID, gives us a number to wait in line, and soon I see how Sisi sits at a counter where 12 people are being served at the same time. Our pasports are carefully checked, names and visa numbers entered into THE system, digital signature added, and an hour later Hohhot finds us back armed with working cellphones and in great spirits. We can handle China. Yeah! We jump on the bus to the Mongolian museum, and shortly we get off in front of a giant futuristic building. ...
... The bus ride is 6 hours, during most of which it rains. The landscape is Mongolian, we see gers and horses, but it is more regulated- more fences, more signs. What makes me happy: more agriculture. Large areas have planted trees, which are surviving. Also much sunflower, a dwarf variety, and farther south comes barley. Fields are small, I assume much manual labor. But altogether fields of extensive agriculture to the horizon. Occasionally the bus stops and ...