Monday, March 29, 2010

CN-178546 & HK-12524

CN-178546, sent by Peter.
A card from Nanjing, the capital of China's Jiangsu Province. The city is known for its wall, the longest city wall in the world.
"The City Wall of Nanjing was designed by Emperor Zhu Yuanzhang (r. 1368-1398) after he founded the Ming Dinasty and established Nanjing as the capital 600 years ago. To consolidate his sovereignty and keep out invaders, he adopted the suggestions of advisor Zhu Sheng to build a higher city wall, to collect grains and to postpone the coronation. Then, he started to build the city wall. It took 21 years for the project, which involved 200,000 laborers to move 7 million cubic meters of earth." - in: wikipedia

Also from China but from one of its special administrative regions, Hong Kong, is this card with the Giant Buddha on the Lantau island.
Tian Tan Buddha, also known as the Big Buddha, is a large bronze statue of a Buddha, completed in 1993. The statue is located near Po Lin Monastery and symbolises the harmonious relationship between man and nature, people and religion. It is a major centre of Buddhism in Hong Kong, and is also a popular tourist attraction.

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