Thursday, March 26, 2015

CN-1553139 & CN-1553140

On the same day I got these two officials from China, I've also got 2 other offcials from there, making a total of 4 chinese cards on the same day. One of them, CN-1553140, is rather special, it was my received official number 1000!! 

CN-1553139, sent by Mengxl. 
Yellow Crane Tower is a famous and historic tower, standing on Sheshan (Snake Hill), at the bank of Yangtze River in Wuchang District, Wuhan, in Hubei province of central China.
The present Yellow Crane Tower is a modern building that was built in the 1980s after the old Yellow Crane Tower was destroyed to make way for the Changjiang River Bridge that was completed in 1957. The original site was on a hill next to the river. The new building was built on a hill about a kilometer away from the river. The original building was a pagoda made of wood, and the new one is pagoda-style building made of concrete. 
From the top of the tower, you can get a good view of the city. It is about 50 meters high and has 5 stories. There are some telescopes for tourists to use. The Museum of the 1911 Revolution is at the bottom of the hill.
A tower called the Yellow Crane Tower was built about 1,800 years ago. It was a famous building in China. An ancient poem named "The Yellow Crane Tower" was written by Cui Hao, and many Chinese can recite it. - in: http://www.chinahighlights.com/wuhan/attraction/the-yellow-crane-tower.htm

CN-1553140, sent by Françoise.
My official #1000 shows the Great Wall at Jiayuguan.
Jaiyuguan (Jiayu Pass) is the most western end of the Great Wall. Also known as "the First and Greatest Pass under Heaven", Jiayu Pass is the best preserved and most magnificent military building among the passes of the Great Wall.
It is one of the main passes of the Great Wall, along with Juyong Pass and Shanhai Pass. It is located at the narrowest point of the western part of Hexi Corridor, and was a key passageway of the ancient Silk Road. It commands fascinating views of the boundless Gobi Desert and the snow-capped Qilian Mountains.
Covering an area of 34 square kilometers (8 acres), the pass was built with rammed earth and is shaped like a trapezoid. The pass has a good layout with a three-storied gate tower, 4 corner towers and consisting of an inner city wall, outer city wall, trenches, and fortifications with walls around them. The walls are 10 meters (33 feet) tall on average and exceptionally thick.
 The initial construction began in 1372. It got its name for being located on the Jayu Highland between the Wenshu and Heishan mountains at the foot of the Qilian Mountains. Once abandoned, it was rebuilt, reinforced and garrisoned in 1539. In the Qing Dynasty (1636 - 1911) it became an office for checking merchants and travelers. - in: http://www.chinahighlights.com/greatwall/section/jiayuguan-pass.htm

1 comment:

agi said...

congrats on 1000 official postcards! i respect your dedication :)