China - Tusi Sites

"Located in the mountainous areas of south-west China, this property encompasses remains of several tribal domains whose chiefs were appointed by the central government as ‘Tusi’, hereditary rulers from the 13th to the early 20thcentury. The Tusi system arose from the ethnic minorities’ dynastic systems of government dating back to the 3rd century BCE. Its purpose was to unify national administration, while allowing ethnic minorities to retain their customs and way of life. The sites of Laosicheng, Tangya and Hailongtun Fortress that make up the site bear exceptional testimony to this form of governance, which derived from the Chinese civilization of the Yuan and Ming periods."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

One of the Tusi sites. Thanks to Fei of China.

Chad - Lake Ounianga

"The site includes 18 interconnected lakes in the hyper arid Ennedi region of the Sahara Desert covering an area of 62,808 hectares. It constitutes an exceptional natural landscape of great beauty with striking colours and shapes. The saline, hyper saline and freshwater lakes are supplied by groundwater and are found in two groups 40 kilometres apart. Ounianga Kebir comprises four lakes the largest of which, Yoan, covers an area of 358 hectares and is 27 metres deep. Its highly saline waters only sustain algae and some microorganisms. The second group, Ounianga Serir, comprises 14 lakes separated by sand dunes. Floating reeds cover almost half the surface of these lakes reducing evaporation. At 436 hectares, Lake Teli has the largest surface area but is less than ten metres deep. With their high quality freshwater, some of these lakes are home to aquatic fauna, particularly fish." 

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Postcard 1
Lake Teli. Thanks to Zhang of China.

Postcard 2
Edge of Lake Tell, Ounlanga Lakes. Thanks to Zhang of China who is working in Chad.

Mexico - Ancient Maya City and Protected Tropical Forests of Calakmul, Campeche

"Ancient Maya City and Protected Tropical Forests of Calakmul, Campeche is a renomination and extension of the existing 3,000 ha cultural World Heritage property, Ancient Maya City of Calakmul, Campeche. It now becomes mixed natural and cultural property. The site is located in the central/southern portion of the Yucatan Peninsula, in southern Mexico and includes the remains of the important Maya city Calakmul, set deep in the tropical forest of the Tierras Bajas. The city played a key role in the history of this region for more than 12 centuries and is characterized by well-preserved structures providing a vivid picture of life in an ancient Maya capital. The property also falls within the Mesoamerica biodiversity hotspot. This hotspot is the third largest in the world and encompasses all subtropical and tropical ecosystems from central Mexico to the Panama Canal.." Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Mayan jade masks of Calakmul. Thanks to Marco of Austria for mailing from Mexico.

New Zealand - Tongariro National Park

"In 1993 Tongariro became the first property to be inscribed on the World Heritage List under the revised criteria describing cultural landscapes. The mountains at the heart of the park have cultural and religious significance for the Maori people and symbolize the spiritual links between this community and its environment. The park has active and extinct volcanoes, a diverse range of ecosystems and some spectacular landscapes." Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Postcard 1
Mount Ruapehu is one of the world's most active volcanoes. Thanks to Shawn of New Zealand.

Postcard 2
Tongariro Cross a saddle between Mt.Tongariro and Mt. Ngauruhoe in the Tongariro National Park. Filming was done here for the movie "Lord of the Ring". Thanks to Adrienne of New Zealand.

Postcard 3 Thanks to Adrienne of New Zealand.

Norway - Rjukan–Notodden Industrial Heritage Site

"Located in a dramatic landscape of mountains, waterfalls and river valleys, the site comprises hydroelectric power plants, transmission lines, factories, transport systems and towns. The complex was established by the Norsk-Hydro Company to manufacture artificial fertilizer from nitrogen in the air. It was built to meet the Western world’s growing demand for agricultural production in the early 20th century. The company towns of Rjukan and Notodden show workers’ accommodation and social institutions linked by rail and ferry to ports where the fertilizer was loaded. The Rjukan-Notodden site manifests an exceptional combination of industrial assets and themes associated to the natural landscape. It stands out as an example of a new global industry in the early 20th century."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Rjukan - Vemork kraftstasjon. Thanks to Joey of Norway.

Denmark - Germany - Netherlands - The Wadden Sea

"The Wadden Sea comprises the Dutch Wadden Sea Conservation Area and the German Wadden Sea National Parks of Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein. It is a large temperate, relatively flat coastal wetland environment, formed by the intricate interactions between physical and biological factors that have given rise to a multitude of transitional habitats with tidal channels, sandy shoals, sea-grass meadows, mussel beds, sandbars, mudflats, salt marshes, estuaries, beaches and dunes. The inscribed site represents over 66% of the whole Wadden Sea and is home to numerous plant and animal species, including marine mammals such as the harbour seal, grey seal and harbour porpoise. It is also a breeding and wintering area for up to 12 millions birds per annum and it supports more than 10 percent of 29 species. The site is one of the last remaining natural, large-scale, intertidal ecosystems where natural processes continue to function largely undisturbed..

This is an extension of the Dutch and German Wadden Sea site, inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2009. The Wadden Sea is the largest unbroken system of intertidal sand and mud flats in the world. The complete extension now covers most of the Danish Wadden Sea maritime conservation area, as well as a maritime extension of the Dutch Wadden Sea Conservation Area and the German Wadden Sea National Parks of Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Postcard 1 - Denmark
Romo island in Wadden Sea, Denmark. Thanks to Christa for mailing from Denmark

Postcard 2A- Germany - Borkum Island, Wadden Sea
Nordseeheilbad Borkum, Luftbild - Borkum is a German island in the Wadden Sea.

Postcard 2B - Germany - Wadden Sea
A WWF postcard of Wadden Sea which covers both Germany and Netherlands. Thanks to Anne of Germany.

Postcard 3 - Netherlands - Wadden Sea
Wadden Sea, Netherlands. Thanks to Saskia of Netherlands.

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

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

DR Congo - Garamba National Park

"The park's immense savannahs, grasslands and woodlands, interspersed with gallery forests along the river banks and the swampy depressions, are home to four large mammals: the elephant, giraffe, hippopotamus and above all the white rhinoceros. Though much larger than the black rhino, it is harmless; only some 30 individuals remain." Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Rhinoceros in Garamba National Park. Thanks to Faisal who bought this postcard in DR Congo and sent it from Pakistan.

DR Congo - Kahuzi-Biega National Park

"A vast area of primary tropical forest dominated by two spectacular extinct volcanoes, Kahuzi and Biega, the park has a diverse and abundant fauna. One of the last groups of eastern lowland (graueri) gorillas (consisting of only some 250 individuals) lives at between 2,100 and 2,400 m above sea-level." Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Lowland gorillas in Kahuza Biega National Park. Thanks to Faizal who bought this postcard and mailed it from Pakistan.

DR Congo - Virunga National Park

"Virunga National Park (covering an area of 790,000 ha) comprises an outstanding diversity of habitats, ranging from swamps and steppes to the snowfields of Rwenzori at an altitude of over 5,000 m, and from lava plains to the savannahs on the slopes of volcanoes. Mountain gorillas are found in the park, some 20,000 hippopotamuses live in the rivers and birds from Siberia spend the winter there." Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Mountain gorillas at Virunga National Park. Thanks to Faisal of Pakistan who bought this postcard in DR Congo and mailed it from Pakistan.

Argentina - Bolivia - Chile - Colombia - Ecuador - Peru - Qhapac Ñan, Andean Road System

"Qhapac Ñan, Andean Road System (Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru) is an extensive Inca communication, trade and defense network of roads covering 30,000 kilometres. Constructed by the Incas over several centuries and partly based on pre-Inca infrastructure, this extraordinary network through one of the world’s most extreme geographical terrains, linked the snow-capped peaks of the Andes – at an altitude of more than 6,000 metres – to the coast, running through hot rainforests, fertile valleys and absolute deserts. It reached its maximum expansion in the 15th century, when it spread across the length and breadth of the Andes. The Qhapac Ñan Andean Road System includes 273 component sites, spreading over more than 6,000 kilometres. They were selected to highlight the social, political, architectural and engineering achievements of the network, along with its associated infrastructure for trade, accommodation and storage, and sites of religious significance."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Map of Inca trail or Andean Road System in Peru. Thanks to Luk of Belgium who visited Peru.

Turkey - Ephesus

"The Temple of Artemis, which was considered to be one of the Seven Wonders of the World, is situated on the edge of this small town. The city which was situated at the beginning of the Persian Royal Road has survived sufficiently enough to enable us to understand the ancient way of life in Ephesus. It is one of the cities which played an impressive role in the beginnings of Christianity and during the period of its proliferation (St.John Church and the shrine of the Virgin Mary). It contains one of the most spectacular examples of religious architecture of the Seljuk Period." Source: UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List

Postcard 1 - Aerial view of Ephesus - Efes
Thanks to Silas of USA who was visiting here.

Postcard 2 - Church of St. Mary, Ephesus
Thanks to Anna of Florida, USA who was visiting Efes.