Place: Kaifeng, China
This scroll shows the capital city of China. It dates from this time. Emperor Huizong of the Song Dynasty is 23 years old. As the ambassador from Burma approaches, he could reflect that the diplomatic representatives at the Court was one of the most diverse in the world.
China maintained relations with Egypt, India, Indonesia, and the Khanates of central Asia. Song China numbered 50 million people.
Burma (or Myanmar) was ruled by the Pagan Dynasty under one of Burma’s greatest kings, Kyansittha. He consolidated and expanded Burma’s power in southeast Asia. He is most remembered for peace, maintaining an active diplomacy with his neighbors.
Both China and Burma were to fall to the conquering descendents of Ghengis Khan in the next century.
More info: Kyansittha and Huizong.