The Zaisan memorial was erected by the Russian’s to commemorate those killed in the second world war between Russia and Germany and Mongolia and Japan and the ensuing peace between these countries. And the unknown soldiers who died during other various wars.
The view from the top can be pretty breath taking on a clear day and the sky at night can be quite magical too … if you can see through all the brown stuff.
The Memorial stands on a hill overlooking the city and consists of a circular mosaic depicting the armistice between the four countries. The outer skin and the statue are made from high quality Russian concrete, at the foot of the hill there is a very large statue of Buddha popular with worshippers and visitors to the country. There are approximately 187 steps to the top of the monument, which may not seem too great but it’s steeper than it looks, so take some electrolytes with you!
Asia is the biggest continent on Earth, a darling little gem floating around in space.Hm, what is Asia? Who's in on it?China and India are safe bets for Asian nations. Korea, Japan, Thailand, you're fine.Europe? No. Europe would sort of be on the "Asian continent" if not for those pesky Ural mountains dividing things up in the middle, and then also the whole lineage of kings and wealth and nations and the EU and all that "give me my respect" stuff.Russia would probably be happiest as its own continent, so for now we'll leave it in "Eurasia" and just hope the natural gas supplies keep flowing.Pakistan and Afghanistan are dang close to Asia, but politically they show up in "Middle East" news stories an awful lot. Verdict: Eurasia.I guess we'll actually have to consider everything from Turkey on eastward to be "Eurasian", although the moniker seems overlappitory of the territory.The Asian economy is now officially raging like a wild furnace of lava that consumes everything in its path. Japan has had the largest individual economy in Asia for decades, but it is forecast that both India and China will outstrip Japan within twenty years.China is the largest holder of United States debt and is positioned to become the world's next superpower, provided that Godzilla doesn't return and decide to stomp everybody back into the Shang Dynasty.Text by Steve Smith.