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Originally posted by pantodragon
What are you so impressed about?
The level of abuse an emperor can lay on his people?
The only reason these Chinese sites and artifacts impress is because they are so big
which is because the Chinese emperors acquired such absolute power and were so careless of their people's welfare, that they were quite prepared to sacrifice their people by the thousand in order to impress the world.
The Chinese, as anyone who has actually visited the country will know, carry national superiority to heights as yet undreamt of by any other nationality.
Yes, that's what it's about. Is that really such an admirable sentiment?
Is a work of art or a monument which is infused with that spirit, the spirit of cruelty, of undermining others, of inducing despair, is such a work really to be admired? (Not here that there is an absence of any sort of aesthetic.)
Originally posted by Druscilla
reply to post by guohua
Thank you for the videos. I found the first one so fascinating with the 3D model depictions of the entire complex with its numerous excavation sites, including very crisp renderings of what's been mapped underneath all that earth with ground penetrating radar, I searched out the entire full-length video and watched it.
Wonderful documentary on the origins of China, even into why it's named Chin-a.
I found it all quite enlightening and all the information attached to the mausoleum complex utterly enthralling and spectacularly amazing.
It's quite astounding the sheer massiveness of it all.
edit on 3-12-2012 by Druscilla because: (no reason given)