Category: history


I am just back from Houston, TX for WSSA conference last night. The noises from downtown streets, shopping malls and hotels still fill  every cell of my whole body until I sit in my lazy couch and continue to update my blog. When I write down “At the Foot of the Mountains…”, all the noises from that big city disappeared and my heart becomes peaceful and quiet again. Now, let’s start.

Tuyugou Valley, Flaming mountain(one part of  Thianshan mountains):

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After talking about the Rocky mountains and Tianshan  mountains in last entry. Do you want to know what’s at the foot of these two big mountains? Actually, it is not a news topic. I introduced two towns , Hemu and Ouray in one entry named “Sketch & Oil Painting”. They are all at the foot of big mountains. Now, let’s look at something else near the Rockies and Tianshan .

Menggubao and India yurt: Small, simple and easy to move

"Menggubao" Tianshan mountains, China

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I have showed some pictures about big cities in both America and China on one of my entry called “Reinforced Concrete or Humanism” . They all look the same whatever where they are. Can you imagine thousands years later what they will become? Let’s take a trip into the past. No matter Mesa Verde (700 years) in America or Jiaohe & Gaochang Ruins(2000 years), Milan & Qiuzi ancient cities (2000 years) in China, they were all prosperous and important thousand years ago. They were just like New York City, Beijing and Shanghai today. Time can change big cities into ruins, but people are too small to control anything. My friends, I hope  you can find the images of big cities from thousand years ago via my pictures. Let’s start our trip into the past. The first stop is Mesa verde.

Mesa Verde, CO. America(A.D. 550 to 1300) : Ancestral Puebloans made Mesa Verde their home from about A.D. 550 to 1300. For more than 700 years they and their descendants lived and flourished here.

Mesa Verde National Park

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Uyghur is a Chinese minority group from north west of China. A cowboy is an animal herder who tends cattle on ranches in north west of America, traditionally on horseback, and often performs a multitude of other ranch-related tasks.Because of the special geographical positions and complex historical backgrounds, both of them have their own culture and art. Music is an important component of their cultures.

Muqam: The melody type used in Uyghur music.

The muqam system developed among the Uyghurs  in northwest China over  1500 years. Uyghur has local muqam systems named after the oasis towns of Xinjiang, such as

Dolan Muqam:

Dolan Singer

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