Journey to Tuva – Otto Mänchen-Helfen- 1929

Otto John Mänchen-Helfen ( 1894 in Vienna, Austria – 1969 in Berkeley, California) was an Austrian academic, sinologist, historian, author, and traveler. Between 1927 and 1930 he worked at Marx-Engels Institute in Moscow, he then he moved to Berlin from 1930 to 1933, till the rise of Nazisms when he then decided to go back … Continue reading Journey to Tuva – Otto Mänchen-Helfen- 1929

Bunker-42 ~ Moscow

Just a few years ago the main entrance of Bunker 42 on Kotelnicheskiy 5th lane in Moscow could have been easily confused for a common building from the end of 18th century. Instead, under its foundations it's hided a long-range air force command-post of Strategic Nuclear Forces of Soviet Union. Today it's a museum dedicated … Continue reading Bunker-42 ~ Moscow

Kongar-ool Ondar

My wife told me while I'm writing this article that she hasn't heard that many songs by Kongar-ool Ondar in a day since her childhood in Tuva. Kongar-ool Borisovich Ondar (Ондар Коңгар-оол Борис оглу,  in Russian/Tuvan, 4 December 1962 - 25 July 2013) was an influential Tuvan musician of the 20th century and one of … Continue reading Kongar-ool Ondar

fistful of promises

Up to today there's no yet a wide bibliography about Republic of Tuva in English. The main information available are mostly related to "Tuva Or Bust" by Ralph Leighton (1991), "In Siberia" by Colin Thubron (1999) and few other readings on Khoomei throat singing. Fistful of Promises offers an image of the Republic of Tuva … Continue reading fistful of promises

Bezeklik Caves, Xinjiang

I've been very excited to visit the ancient Buddhist caves of Bezeklik in 2015. Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves (柏孜克里千佛洞, Bǎi zī kè lǐ qiān fú dòng) are located in Xinjiang Autonomous Region (新疆维吾尔自治区, Xīnjiāng wéiwú'ěr zìzhìqū,شىنجاڭ ئۇيغۇر  ئاپتونوم رايونى ) to the north of the Taklamakan desert, around 50 kms East of Turpan (吐鲁番,Tǔlǔfān, تورپان) … Continue reading Bezeklik Caves, Xinjiang

Dandong- At the doors of North Korea

Since the Japanese invasion of Korea and eastern Russia the railways starting from Chinese Manchuria have been the main channels for the connection and commerce between the region. Get there From Shenyang train station, as for in the past, I'm taking the first train of 7:30 directed to Dandong city to reach the boarders between … Continue reading Dandong- At the doors of North Korea

The powerful Soviet Iron and Steel Heavy Industry – Liberation Armies Illustrated

Newspapers, magazines and any other political sources of the Revolutionary China in the 1950's were less politically interested on emphasizing the role of the political leaders and the achievements of the party, but instead they have a more practical and educational message for the population to build the socialist society. Very simply, this articles have a core … Continue reading The powerful Soviet Iron and Steel Heavy Industry – Liberation Armies Illustrated

History of Modern China: The Republican Period 1911-1916

  In the previous paragraph we introduced the suddivision of modern Chinese history and the last century of the Qing dinasty characterized by the influence of foreign powers, the Japanese agressions and the political tumoils inside the country. This arcile will discuss the beginning of '900s and the Republican Period between 1911-1916.   The Domestic Stuation in the Qing State Around … Continue reading History of Modern China: The Republican Period 1911-1916

Luxun Arbor 旅顺口区 Port Artur – Dalian- Liaoning

Luxun Arbor, in the past known as Port Artur, is a little sea-town located at 45 Km at North of Dalian. The little town has characteristic of a tipical plant structure Russian city with a touch of Japanese architecture. Surprisengly this is also the only town to have a modest history museum in whole Dalian … Continue reading Luxun Arbor 旅顺口区 Port Artur – Dalian- Liaoning