India - Khangchendzonga National Park (2016 Inscribed)

"Located at the heart of the Himalayan range in northern India (State of Sikkim), the Khangchendzonga National Park includes a unique diversity of plains, valleys, lakes, glaciers and spectacular, snow-capped mountains covered with ancient forests, including the world’s third highest peak, Mount Khangchendzonga. Mythological stories are associated with this mountain and with a great number of natural elements (e.g. caves, rivers, lakes, etc.) that are the object of worship by the indigenous people of Sikkim. The sacred meanings of these stories and practices have been integrated with Buddhist beliefs and constitute the basis for Sikkimese identity."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Multi-view of Sikkim with Kangchendzonga National Park at the top right corner. Received this great postcard from Grete of UK who travelled to Sikkim, India.

Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan - Western Tien-Shan (2016 Inscribed)

"The transnational site is located in the Tien-Shan mountain system, one of the largest mountain ranges in the world. Western Tien-Shan is situated at an altitude of 700 to 4,503m. It features diverse landscapes, which are home to exceptionally rich biodiversity. It is of global importance as a centre of origin for a number of cultivated fruit crops and is home to a great diversity of forest types and unique plant community associations." Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Wow... a breath-taking view of Tien Shan Mountains of Kyrgyzstan, a central Asia republic. Thanks so much David of UK for this wonderful card from your holidays.

China - Hubei Shennongjia (2016 Inscribed)

"Located in Hubei Province, in central-eastern China, the site consists of two components: Shennongding/Badong to the west and Laojunshan to the east. It protects the largest primary forests remaining in Central China and provides habitat for many rare animal species, such as the Chinese Giant Salamander, the Golden or Snub-nosed Monkey, the Clouded Leopard, Common Leopard and the Asian Black Bear. Hubei Shennongjia is one of three centres of biodiversity in China. The site features prominently in the history of botanical research and was the object of international plant collecting expeditions in the 19th and 20th centuries." Source: UNESCO World Heritage

I bought this postcard of Shennongjia in Shanghai, November 2011.

Argentina, Belgium, France, Germany, India, Japan, Switzerland - The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier, an Outstanding Contribution to the Modern Movement (2016 Inscribed)

"Chosen from the work of Le Corbusier, the 17 sites comprising this transnational serial property are spread over seven countries and are a testimonial to the invention of a new architectural language that made a break with the past. They were built over a period of a half-century, in the course of what Le Corbusier described as “patient research”. The Complexe du Capitole in Chandigarh (India), the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo (Japan), the House of Dr Curutchet in La Plata (Argentina) and the Unité d’habitation in Marseille (France) reflect the solutions that the Modern Movement sought to apply during the 20th century to the challenges of inventing new architectural techniques to respond to the needs of society. These masterpieces of creative genius also attest to the internationalization of architectural practice across the planet."

Postcard 1 - France
Postcard bought in Beaubourg Museum, Paris. Thanks to Sylvie of France.

Postcard 2 - Japan
I visited this museum in Ueno Park, Tokyo to view the Vatican collection exhibit of Early Rennaisance Italian Art. The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo is designed by Le Corbusier. It is a tentative list for UNESCO World Heritage. Thanks to Aki of Japan.

Antigua and Barbuda - Antigua Naval Dockyard and Related Archaeological Sites (2016 Inscribed)

"The site consists of a group of Georgian-style naval buildings and structures, set within a walled enclosure. The natural environment of this side of the island of Antigua, with its deep, narrow bays surrounded by highlands, offered shelter from hurricanes and was ideal for repairing ships. The construction of the Dockyard by the British navy would not have been possible without the labour of generations of enslaved Africans since the end of the 18th century. Its aim was to protect the interests of sugar cane planters at a time when European powers were competing for control of the Eastern Caribbean."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

New 2016 UNESCO World Heritage inscription and the first for Antigua and Barbuda.

Nelson's Dockyard located in the English Harbour. This harbour was the Caribbean base of British Navy chosen by 18th century Admiral Nelson because of the "hurricane-proof" inner harbor and the commanding view of Shirley Heights. Postmarked Barbados General Post Office on March 9, 2011 and arreived in Penang on March 28, 2011. Thanks so much to Gilles of Belgium who went on a holiday in Antigua and Barbuda.

China - Zuojiang Huashan Rock Art Cultural Landscape (2016 Inscribed)

"Located on the steep cliffs in the border regions of southwest China, these 38 sites of rock art illustrate the life and rituals of the Luoyue people. They date from the period around the 5th century BCE to the 2nd century CE. In a surrounding landscape of karst, rivers and plateaux, they depict ceremonies which have been interpreted as portraying the bronze drum culture once prevalent across southern China. This cultural landscape is the only remains of this culture today."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

A new UNESCO World Heritage inscribed in 2016. I bought this postcard in Shanghai, November 2011.

Japan - Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution: Iron and Steel, Shipbuilding and Coal Mining

"The site encompasses a series of twenty three component parts, mainly located in the southwest of Japan. It bears testimony to the rapid industrialization of the country from the middle of the 19th century to the early 20th century, through the development of the steel industry, shipbuilding and coal mining. The site illustrates the process by which feudal Japan sought technology transfer from Europe and America from the middle of the 19th century and how this technology was adapted to the country’s needs and social traditions. The site testifies to what is considered to be the first successful transfer of Western industrialization to a non-Western nation."
Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Postcard 1
Former Glover House or Glover Tei is located in Nagasaki, Kyushu. Sent by Kenji of Hakata, Kyushu, Japan.

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Nagasaki Shipyard Mitsubishi No.3 Dry Dock. Thanks to Ray of Hong Kong who visited Nagasaki.

Germany - United Kingdom: Frontiers of the Roman Empire

"The ‘Roman Limes’ represents the border line of the Roman Empire at its greatest extent in the 2nd century AD. It stretched over 5,000 km from the Atlantic coast of northern Britain, through Europe to the Black Sea, and from there to the Red Sea and across North Africa to the Atlantic coast. The remains of the Limes today consist of vestiges of built walls, ditches, forts, fortresses, watchtowers and civilian settlements. Certain elements of the line have been excavated, some reconstructed and a few destroyed. The two sections of the Limes in Germany cover a length of 550 km from the north-west of the country to the Danube in the south-east. The 118-km-long Hadrian’s Wall (UK) was built on the orders of the Emperor Hadrian c. AD 122 at the northernmost limits of the Roman province of Britannia. It is a striking example of the organization of a military zone and illustrates the defensive techniques and geopolitical strategies of ancient Rome. The Antonine Wall, a 60-km long fortification in Scotland was started by Emperor Antonius Pius in 142 AD as a defense against the “barbarians” of the north. It constitutes the northwestern-most portion of the Roman Limes." Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Postcard 1A - Germany - Limes
A cultural divide at Limes between the "Roman Empire" and the "Barbarians". A postcard with the UNESCO World Heritage logo. Thanks to Isabella of Germany who visiting this UNESCO World Heritage site.

Postcard 1B - Germany - Saalburg
Saalburg Roman Castle reconstructed. Thanks to Edith of Germany.

Postcard 2A - United Kingdom - Hadrian Wall
A multi-view of Hadrian's wall - Vindolanda, Chesters Fort, Milecastle 39, Housesteads. Thanks to Michael of Luxembourg.

Postcard 2B - United Kingdom - Hadrian Wall 
The Hadrian's Wall marks the northern frontier of the Roman Empire in Great Britain.

Postcard 2C - United Kingdom - Hadrian's Wall 
Milecastle 39 Hadrian's Wall. Mailed on May 20, 2010 and arrived in Penang on June 2, 2010. Thanks to Michael of Luxembourg.

Postcard 2D - Hadrian's Wall Path
Thanks to Ruth of USA who sent this wonderful postcard.

Russia - Volcanoes of Kamchatka

"This is one of the most outstanding volcanic regions in the world, with a high density of active volcanoes, a variety of types, and a wide range of related features. The six sites included in the serial designation group together the majority of volcanic features of the Kamchatka peninsula. The interplay of active volcanoes and glaciers forms a dynamic landscape of great beauty. The sites contain great species diversity, including the world's largest known variety of salmonoid fish and exceptional concentrations of sea otter, brown bear and Stellar's sea eagle." Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Postcard 1
Volcano of Kamchatka, Kronotsky of eastern Asiatic Russia. Nice traditional wedding costume stamp used. Thanks to Tatiana of Russia.

Postcard 2
Gorely and Mutnovsky Volcanoes in Kamchatka. Thanks to Evpeniya of Kamkatcha, Russia.

Slovakia - Bardejov Town Conservation Reserve

"Bardejov is a small but exceptionally complete and well-preserved example of a fortified medieval town, which typifies the urbanisation in this region. Among other remarkable features, it also contains a small Jewish quarter around a fine 18th-century synagogue." Source: UNESCO World Heritage

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Night view of Saint Egidius Basilica, Bardejov, Slovakia. Thanks to Joanna of Poland.

Philippines - Historic Town of Vigan

"Established in the 16th century, Vigan is the best-preserved example of a planned Spanish colonial town in Asia. Its architecture reflects the coming together of cultural elements from elsewhere in the Philippines, from China and from Europe, resulting in a culture and townscape that have no parallel anywhere in East and South-East Asia." Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Postcard 1
An awesome card of Vigan in Ilocos - one of the oldest Spanish town in Philippines and Asia. Nice stamps used. Thanks again to Jaya.

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Lithuania - Vilnius Historic Centre

"Political centre of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania from the 13th to the end of the 18th century, Vilnius has had a profound influence on the cultural and architectural development of much of eastern Europe. Despite invasions and partial destruction, it has preserved an impressive complex of Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and classical buildings as well as its medieval layout and natural setting." Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Postcard 1
Nice postcard showing the arch-cathedral basilica of Vilnius, Lithuania (Lietuva). Thanks to Tomas for sending.

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Vilnius, Lithuania.