A young boy is born in 1162 AD in the Mongolian wasteland. His father arranged his marriage at the age of nine to seal rival disputes. Warring tribes poisoned his father for control and banished the young Mongol and his family to perish in the harsh terrain of Mongolia (Brent, Peter. 1976. The Mongol Empire: Genghis Khan: His Triumph and His Legacy. London: Weidenfeld & Nicholson. Peter, 1976).
Scavenging and living off dead carcasses time passes and the boy becomes of age and a ruthless leader of men reaping revenge, at times massacring entire towns of all men, women, and children. For fear or loyalty many Mongol tribes joined forces with the great leader as they make their way into the deep reaches of China. The horde came to the first of many vast stone barriers stretched across the land as far as the eye could see.
“What civilization could create such a mountainous snake?” the Mongolians thought with fear in their eyes and reluctance to march on.
The Mongol leader scaled the Great Wall and stood atop looking down at his army. The vast expanse of men seeing that their leader feared no man started to chant and screamed out the warrior’s new name “Genghis Khan! Genghis Khan!”
In 1211 Genghis Khan and his army march on to an ancient city in northern China now known as Beijing (Wikipedia).
The next few post will be on Beijing China. I met some friends there and it is a must in the bucket list. This is the eve of the Tiananmen Square protest that took place 23 years ago. A college student stood in front of a tank and defied it to roll over him so tensions were high for a foreigner to be in Beijing. We ate, got scammed, and moved out of our comfortable hotel to experience the real Beijing.