Here is a brief account of one MOTHER EARTH NEWS staffer's tour to Russia, Soviet Central Asia, and China in the late 1970s, what she learned, and plans for subsequent trips.
Even though the Shah-I-Zinda mosques and tombs in Soviet Asia are now museums, many people still make holy pilgrimages to the spot. The women in this group carried all the possessions, leaving the men unburdened.
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LEFT: Mamadaviti (Father David) Chapel overlooks the friendly city of Tbilisi. RIGHT: These old men in Samarkand were delighted to rneet Americans.
DAVID SACCO/MOTHER EARTH NEWS STAFF
LEFT: These Soviet Asian girls await their turn to try out for a folk song and dance festival. TOP RIGHT: An old cart with modern tires is a proper symbol for China today. BOTTOM RIGHT: The Great Wall of China is spectacular, and so is the view from the top!
DAVID SACCO/ALAN FEIGENBERG
The golden domes and spires of the Kremlin, the heart of the Soviet empire, as seen from the Moskva River.