SAN FRANCISCO — An ancient palisade that once protected a fortress in China’s Inner Mongolia region was dismantled Sunday by the U.S. Army to be repurposed for the creation of a giant stairs that are meant to carry people from one side of the continent to the next.
The 1,600-foot-tall stone staircase is being constructed on top of a 300-foot high palisadore that once held a town called Yalu in a valley of Mongolia.
“We are excited about the project,” said U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, adding that it will be the largest stone staircase in the world.
“The project will be one of the largest ever built in the history of mankind.”
Guterres was meeting with Mongolian President Emomali Rahmon in the U-turn village of Nalut, about 45 miles (80 kilometers) east of Yalub, to announce a new agreement between Mongolia and the U.
“The cooperation between the two countries is a sign of the growing cooperation between Mongolia, a former Soviet satellite nation that is now a member of the United Nations and China, a Communist Party member state.
Mongolia has been the site of major U.F.O. tests and has received aid from the U