Almost a year before I was going through a list of China's 41 Earth History Web sites that includes famous journey areas including the Forehead of Paradise and the Summertime Palace. I was amazed to see that all of the web sites where journey areas I'd never visited and many that I'd never actually heard of. I decided then and there to see as a lot of those web sites ASAP starting with a site in the nearby town of Jian named "Money Cities and Tombs of the Old Koguryo Kingdom ".
God must grin on fools, drunks and tourists since about 3 months ago a good friend of quarry asked me return to her home area with her partner and koguryo to wait their wedding. Where was her home community? The city of Jian. Seriously, I could have recognized her invitation irrespective of where her home city was!
A little history informative data on the "Money Towns and Tombs of the Old Koguryo Kingdom ".
From 37 BCE to 668 CE there is a Empire called Koguryo with place that protected current day central and southern Manchuria and main and northern Korea. The pioneers of Koguryo are believed to possess been refugees from Korea and individuals from regional tribes and ethnic groups.
Through relationship with the Chinese Han and later Wei Dynasties, alliances and combat, the Koguryo Empire achieved their maximum about 450 CE and ruled three groups of the Korean Peninsula and China's Manchuria. Inner struggle and hostilities with the Sui and Tang Dynasties weakened the Kingdom and it was eventually damaged by an alliance of the Tang Dynasty and the Silla, a Korean Kingdom to the south of Koguryo.
The wedding was a striking success. The bride was lovely, the groom handsome, their union passionate, the speeches going and profound, the food tasty and the liquor plentiful. None of the marriage visitors consumed a lot of bai jiu (extremely effective Asian bright wine) and urinated in public places, vomited outside the cafe or built wrong expressions to other visitors of the contrary sex.
With the wedding out of the way, I was free these day to begin to see the tombs and ruins. From speaking to another guests at the marriage that lived in Jian, I found out t cap there have been just two websites value seeing. These were the ruins of an ancient town to the north west of Jian and a General's Tomb to the north east.
Everybody I talked to was astonished I was therefore willing to visit to these sites and explained the sites were nothing special. Good enough. Various people like various things and its not all one has the travel bug.
Had a solution home on a coach causing Jian 3:00pm that day which left 4-5 hours to see the two sites. Sufficient time if I get right from the second website to the coach station. Armed with the titles of the sites written in Asian on an item of paper and a difficult calculate of a fair taxi fare I set out for website number 1, the General's Tomb or Jiangjunfen Tomb.
After 3 attempts I found a cab driver who had been satisfied with a 10rmb cab fare and attempt to see the initial element of Jian's World Heritage Site. The Tomb didn't get long to achieve and after there, the cab driver asked if I needed him to hold back for me. Thanks but number thanks, this page might take an hour or two to see. Paid 30rmb for a solution at the website entrance and set down down a clearly marked and properly trodden path.