Your tour of the past begins with a slip of paper with a character’s name on it. While you explore the exhibit you follow along with your character and learn not only the history of Genghis Khan and his rise to power but you see how this affected all those around him. I was Börte, married to a young Genghis Khan and kidnapped by another tribe. How did this affect a growing Genghis Khan and the future?
What a great way to begin an exhibit! I loved the interactive element of having a character that I would follow along with the exhibit and see how they lived their life and where it would go. This makes the exhibit seem so personal and gives each person an individual experience. Not only are you going to see amazing artifacts and learn about one of the most powerful men this world has seen but you get to step inside the story and see it from the perspective of someone that actually lived it.
You begin your journey into the past at the beginning and not just the beginning of Genghis Khan's rise to power but the true beginning; his childhood. When you first step into the exhibit you feel as if you have been transported back in time to the nomadic life that Genghis Khan would have lived as a child. You see a fully furnished yurt so alive you expect to see a family inside getting ready for the day.
As you continue around the exhibit learning more about Genghis Khan and your character you see amazing artifacts from everyday household objects to all the different type of arrowheads used in battle. These objects give you a glimpse into the past and make you wonder at the fact that they were made around the year 1200 and still exist today. Makes you wonder what we will leave behind. The simple travel eating kit was probably my favorite of the artifacts, something so simple as a knife, chopsticks and chopsticks holder where made with such precision and care.
Genghis Khan has left his mark on the world in more ways than one. The obvious being that he conquered one of the largest empires we have ever seen in history! But you will be amazed at the small things that have affected our modern life.
Make sure you see the IMAX "The Mysteries of China" as well as the Genghis Khan exhibit. The IMAX focuses on The First Emperor of China (Qin Shi Huang) and it lays a great foundation for understanding where China began as a country and how Genghis Khan affected the course of China's history so much.