In this post, we are crossing the Tien Shan Mountains of Central Asia in to mainland China. I am tracking an alignment of cities and places forming a big circle which starts and ends at Amsterdam Island in the South Indian Ocean.
Next on the alignment is Urumqi, the capital and largest city of China’s Uighur Autonomous Region in the Xinjiang Region.
It was a major hub on one spur route of the ancient Silk Roads, the world’s most significant trade routes that linked East and West for thousands of years, and is a location on a modern project linking the ancient trade routes.
As I mentioned in the last post, we are in the historical region of the Ancient Uighur Empire. I read several of James Churchward’s books about what he discovered about Mu (also known as Lemuria) several years before I came into awareness of what I am sharing with you in this blog.
He describes the vast Uighur Empire as wealthy, advanced and powerful. This is a picture of one of his maps.
Most of the Uighur people are Muslim, and their language is related to Turkish. I also want to point out the very large, colonnaded building in the background …
…and culturally they are more aligned with the other countries of Central Asia than China.
Ancient ruins are all around Urumqi.
In particular I want to focus on some noteworthy sites found between Urumqi and Turpan, connected by a modern rail-line.
The ruins of the Jiaohe Ancient City are found near Urumqi. These are considered what’s left of the world’s oldest, largest, and best-preserved city of raw earth buildings.
It is interesting to note that the northern part of the site was reserved for Buddhist Temples and Stupas. This is said to be a Buddhist Stupa at the Jiaohe site.
Nearby, we find the Karez water system in Bidar in the Turpan Basin. It is made up of a horizontal system of vertically-dug wells, linked to water canals that collect run-off from the nearby mountains.
The canals channel water to the surface, taking advantage of gravity through a downward slope. The system has underground canals, dams and wells, and is said to date back to 500 years ago. A centuries-old tunnel cut out of solid rock is nothing out-of-the ordinary, right?
In Turpan, the tombs of Astana are ancient, and considered a significant and protected national cultural relic. While the tombs are considered a communal cemetery for the region…
…this mummy is found there. Mummy???!!! Aren’t we only taught about mummies strictly being an Egyptian thing? Well, they are here too!
Many mummies have been found in the Tarim Basin, west of here in the Xinjiang Region, that date back thousands of years. This one is known as the “Beauty of Loulan.”
Besides mummies, the Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves are also found in Turpan, a complex of 77 rock-cut cave grottoes dating from between the 5th and 14th centuries…
…located in the Flaming Mountains of China.
I will just leave this picture here of the Grand Canyon in Northern Arizona for comparison.
The Emin Minaret is here, said to have been built in 1777 in honor of the heroic general from Turpan, Emin Khoja. It is the largest existing old tower in Xinjiang.
Compare similarity with the Islam Khoja Complex in Khiva Uzbekistan, said to have been built in the early 1900s (hmmm), and named after Islam Khoja, Prime Minister of Isfandiar Khan. Not an exact architectural match, but the shape of the tower is similar, as well as the arch of the entryway. There is a distance of 2,375 miles, or 3,822 kilometers between the two places. And, what about that shared name?
So, as in previous posts, we find Buddhism here, as well as Islam. To be clear, I believe all of this is connected to the advanced ancient worldwide civilization, and not separate as we have been taught to believe. I see Islam in its original form being about Sacred Geometry and Natural Law, and very much a part of this original ancient civilization.
Next we come to the Altai Mountains, a mountain range in Central and East Asia where Russia, China, Mongolia, and Kazakhstan come together.
I have chosen this photo of the Ukok Quiet Zone Nature Park in the Altai Mountains because of what looks to be earthworks in the middle of the picture, and the S-shaped river bend in the foreground, both of which are signature features of the ancient advanced civilization. It is sacred to the indigenous people of the region, and part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site called the “Golden Mountains of Altai”…
…which includes, in the Katun Nature Reserve in South Siberia, both Lake Kucherla…
…and Mt. Belukha…
…and Lake Teletskoye in the Altai Mountains in the Altai Republic of Russia. Notice the connecting Heaven with Earth effect displayed in some of the pictures here? Intentional or not, it is there and beautiful!
This is a region with high plant diversity, and is also the home of endangered species like the Altai Mountains Snow Leopard…
…and the Altai Argali, the largest wild mountain sheep in the world, with the largest horns. Unfortunately for them, this magnificent feature makes them the crown jewel of sheep hunters’ trophy rooms.
Next on the alignment, we come to the Gobi Desert in Mongolia, covering parts of northern and northwestern China, and southern Mongolia. It runs 500 miles (800 kilometers) north to south, and is 1,000 miles (1600 kilometers) southwest to northeast.
It was part of the Great Mongol Empire that we are taught about in our history books, said to have formed when Mongol tribes were unified under Genghis Khan in 1206. I am believing at this time this is not True History, but let us see what else we find on the alignment. This is a National Hero after all! No disrespect intended, but some things just don’t add up….
Where the desert is widest, Bosten Lake, the largest freshwater lake in the Bayin’gholin Mongol Autonomous Region of Xinjiang…
…joins in a line with Lop Nur in the Uighur Autonomous Region of Xinjiang, a former salt lake that is mostly dried up, and was a site of the Chinese Nuclear Weapons Test Base, with four nuclear testing zones at Lop Nur, starting in 1959 – with H-Bomb detonation in 1967 – until 1996, with 45 nuclear tests conducted.
Before I leave this region, I would like to include mentioning that the Gobi Desert extends from the foot of the Pamir Mountains. They are mostly in Tajikistan, and are at the junction of the Himalayas with the Tien Shan, Karakorum, Kunlun, Hindu Kush, Suleman, and Hindu Raj Mountain Ranges. The Pamir Mountains are among the highest in the world, and since Victorian times have been known as the “Roof of the World.” Please note what looks like masonry in the left foreground of this photograph taken in the Pamirs.
Next on the alignment, we come to Shainsand, the capital of the Dornogovi province of Mongolia, in the eastern Gobi Desert Steppe, said to have been founded in 1931…
… and is a stop on the Trans-Mongolian Railway. This is the railway station of Sainshand. Yes, it is a railway station, but this is substantial building, size-wise, with the architectural flavor of …
…other grand railway stations around the world, including, Grand Central Station in New York City…
…Antwerp Station in Belgium…
Helsinki Station in Finland ~ aren’t those strange statues in middle the forefront, for the historical times we have been taught?…
…and Madrid Station in Spain.
Here is a restored Tibetan Buddhist Monastery in Sainshand, called Khamar. Originally said to be founded in 1820 as a Red Hat Lineage (Nyimgma) Center of Buddhist Monasticism, Culture and Education in Mongolia, because of the spiritual energy fostered by the Gobi Desert, and it grew to have 80 temples and 5,000 monks. It was destroyed in 1937 as part of Stalinist purges in Mongolia, and was restored after 1990 Democratic Revolution in Mongolia….
…compared with this picture of the Boudhanath Stupa in Kathmandu, Nepal prior to the 2015 earthquake. It has since been renovated, but this is a very holy site for Tibeten Buddhism. Explain it in whatever way resonates with you, there is a 1,810 mile, or 2912 kilometer distance, between these two places. And, from what I understand, Boudhanath is associated with the Red Hat Lineage as well, since Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, head of the red hat lineage from 1987 to 1991, founded a Nyingma lineage monastery in Kathmandu at Shechen Monastery in 1980.
These are among my head-scratching moments as I have been on this journey. I have much more clarity now, but if you are seeing this for the first time, Tibetan Buddhism, and perhaps more accurately the ancient practices of Bonpo, is all over this part of the world
I will stop here, and in the next post, pick up the alignment in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region of China.