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Chinese Borders (Part II): Dinosaurs and Rainbows

In Part II of the Chinese Borders Special, we are viewing two border crossings between Mongolia and China.  If you missed Part I of the series, click here to read about one of the world's highest borders.

Yes. This is a thing.
Dinosaurs
The Chinese town of Erenhot (Erlian) lies at the edge of the Mongolian border.  Because of the region's vast dinosaur finds, a dinosaur park and various dinosaur statures were built.  The most impressive statues stand just before the border: the two sauropods kissing across the highway.

Erenhot: Where dinosaurs make out.

Kissing Sauropods bridge the road outside Erenhot by Phil McDonald
And they're not simply kissing.  They're full-on, French-kissing.  Why?  Because dinosaurs need love too.
Sculptor: "I want to build two dinosaurs licking each others' tongues over a highway."
China: "Shut up and take our money!"

Somewhere Under the Rainbow
Erenhot (Erlian) Nation Gate

Continue further through Erenhot (Erlian), to the actual Mongolian-Chinese border, and be greeted by a welcoming rainbow arch.  Inner Mongolia, the semi-autonomous Chinese region, is seen as a keystone in peaceful Chinese-Mongolian relations.  It has even been described "as a 'rainbow' for its multidimensional role bridging Sino-Mongolian relations through trade, trans-border, and cultural ties."*  

Approaching the border
Conclusion
In the land known for its Great Wall, it is striking to now find a welcoming rainbow.  A border once strewn with victims' bodies is now guarded by two dinosaur lovers. You're not allowed to walk the dinosaur roadway though, you have drive it.


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Attribution: 
Kissing Dinosaurs 1: Wikimedia
Kissing Dinosaurs 2: By Phil MacDonald - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=24621685
Kissing Dinosaurs 3: Daily Mail
*Quote from: China’s Frontier Regions: Ethnicity, Economic Integration and Foreign Relations, by Michael Clarke, Doug Smith
Rainbow Border 1: https://www.tripadvisor.com/LocationPhotoDirectLink-g1028585-d1865215-i150790983-Erlian_Nation_Gate-Erenhot_Inner_Mongolia.html
Rainbow Border 2: http://www.fromthebaytobeijing.com/day-319-in-beijing-erlian-mongolia-visa-run-hours-18-24/

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