Monday, October 20, 2014

Lake Malawi - Malawi

A few weeks ago when I received an envelope sent by Emerich, I've got 5 special cards, very special I must say. 5 UNESCO cards from 3 african countries. We all know how hard it can be to get UNESCO from certain african countries. This one from Malawi is my 1st from this country. Malawi only has 2 WHS, Lake Malawi National Park was classified in 1984. 

Photo by Petr Hejtmánek
Nkhata Bay is the capital of the Nkhata Bay District in Malawi. It is on the shore of Lake Malawi, east of Mzuzu, and is one of the main ports on Lake Malawi. 
Lake Malawi, also known as Lake Nyasa in Tanzania and Lago Niassa in Mozambique, is an African Great Lake and the southernmost lake in the East African Rift system, located between Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania. It is the ninth largest lake in the world and the third largest and second deepest lake in Africa. It is home to more species of fish than any other lake, including about 1000 species of cichlids. - in: wikipedia

Friday, October 17, 2014

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A different tradition now with this Sidney's New year's Eve card, with the St. mary's cathedral in the foreground. 

Damien Madden
AU-378077, sent by Russel.
Sydney New Year's Eve is an annual multi-tiered event held every New Year's Eve over Sydney Harbour, centring on the Harbour Bridge in Sydney, Australia. Its main features are two pyrotechnic displays, the "9pm Family Fireworks" and the "Midnight Fireworks", both of which are televised nationally with the latter also televised around the world. 
Each year the event takes on a new theme and is regularly viewed by more than one million people at the harbour and one billion worldwide for the televised Midnight Fireworks. - in: wikipedia

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Last year Aniruddha in-laws traveled to Indonesia and Thailand and brought him some cards as a gift. There's no better gift to postcrossers than cards!! Aniruddha decided to send me an indonesian card showing a beautiful girl during the Mapeed procession at the annual Bali Arts Festival Opening Parade. 

IN-114805, sent by Aniruddha.
Mapeed features women and children carrying towering fruit and flower offerings on their heads.
Mapeed costumes are carefully colour coordinated, and female participants normally wear a yellow wrap-around kamben covered by a white outer piece of cloth; the kebaya is often also white, symbolizing purity. Children of mums who are in the mapeed are dressed up and lead the procession, with the shortest at the front through to the tallest at the back. Married women do their hair is a style called sanggul, with the unmarried women a half-sanggul.
Meticulously timed and coordinated, the procession may consist of either a single or a double file, sometimes stretching up to 100 metres or more in length. Mapeed is normally organised by the village with its people informed by way of a formal letter many weeks before the mapeed is staged. Much has to be coordinated – not only the large number of people, the colour coordination of their outfits and hair-dos, but the road also must be either closed or partially cordoned off.
Mapeed is accompanied by a marching orchestra of gongs, drums and cymbals called baleganjur which is thunderous and powerful, and can be heard for kilometres in the distance. The procession is always carefully guarded by traditional security guards in chequered sarong called Pecalang. 
Since the 1970s, mapeed has become an important element in the beauty and creative richness of the annual Bali Arts Festival Opening Parade. Held around the middle of June, participants from each regency present their regional version of mapeed. - in: http://www.baliadvertiser.biz/articles/kulturekid/2011/mapeed.html

Thursday, October 16, 2014

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A card from Malaysia showing the beautiful Khoo Kongsi, one of Georgetown’s most interesting attractions. A kongsi (clan house) is a building in which Chinese families of the same surname gather to worship their ancestors. Representing a family’s social and spiritual commitments between extended relations, ancestors and the outside community, the kongsi also acts as an important means of solidarity. These days the primary functions of kongsis are supportive roles: they help with the educations of members’ children, settle disputes and advance loans. - in: http://www.penang.ws/penang-attractions/khoo-khongsi.htm

MY-216822, sent by Khoo.
The Khoo Kongsi is a large Chinese clanhouse with elaborate and highly ornamented architecture, a mark of the dominant presence of the Chinese in Penang, Malaysia. The famous Khoo Kongsi is the grandest clan temple in the country. The clan temple has retained its authentic historic setting, which includes an association building, a traditional theatre and the late 19th century rowhouses for clan members, all clustered around a granite-paved square. It is located in Cannon Square in the heart of the oldest part of the city of George Town, in the midst of narrow, winding lanes and quaint-looking pre-War houses exuding a palpable old world charm. - in: wikipedia

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

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An official from Taiwan with a view of the Sun Moon Lake, the largest body of water in Taiwan as well as a tourist attraction. 

TW-1370727, sent by Erin. 
Situated in Yuchi, Nantou, the area around the Sun Moon Lake is home to the Thao tribe, one of aboriginal tribes in Taiwan. Sun Moon Lake surrounds a tiny island called Lalu. The east side of the lake resembles a sun while the west side resembles a moon, hence the name. The sunrise and sunset view attracts everyone. - in: wikipedia

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

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This is the Zhi Sheng Lin, a gate to the Cemetery of Confucius, in Shandong, 1 km (0.62miles) north of Qufu. 
Since 1994, the Cemetery of Confucius has been part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site "Temple and Cemetery of Confucius and the Kong Family Mansion in Qufu". 

CN-1418249, sent by Zhulihua.
The cemetery contains Confucius' tomb and the remains of more than 100,000 of his descendants. It has the longest line of descendants in the world. Record has it that this cemetery has already lasted 2340 years. Beside the tombs stand steles inscribed with handwritings of the notable people of the times, and vibrant stone sculptures. The Cemetery is renowned for its natural botanical areas, largely owing to more than 1,000 mature trees. It is said that after Confucius's death, disciples planted rare trees from all over China. Some of the trees are so rare that their proper names are yet unknown. - in: http://www.travelchinaguide.com/attraction/shandong/qufu/masnion.htm

Monday, October 13, 2014

Bursa - Turkey

This was a surprise card from Óscar. 
Bursa is a large city in Turkey, located in northwestern Anatolia, within the Marmara Region. 
Bursa was the first capital of the Ottoman State between 1335 and 1413. The city was referred to as Hüdavendigar (meaning "God's gift") during the Ottoman period, while a more recent nickname is Yeşil Bursa (meaning "Green Bursa") in reference to the parks and gardens located across its urban fabric, as well as to the vast and richly varied forests of the surrounding region.
Bursa and the village of Cumalıkızık were classified as UNESCO WHS last July. 

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Emir Sultan Mosque was first built in the 14th century, rebuilt in 1804 upon the orders of the Ottoman Sultan Selim III, and re-built again in 1868, along slightly varying plans each time.
The present-day mosque, bearing his epithet Emir Sultan, and situated in Bursa quarter of the same name (although written contiguously, as “Emirsultan”), was built after the collapse of the original 14th century monument in the 1766 earthquake. Although the materials and the location were maintained, the style was adjusted to reflect the baroque design that came into fashion in the Ottoman Empire during the 19th century. Following 1855 Bursa earthquake, the mosque and the mausoleum of Emir Sultan was rebuilt again in 1868 (1285 A.H) by Sultan Abdülaziz. - in: wikipedia