Germany - Palaces and Parks of Potsdam and Berlin

"With 500 ha of parks and 150 buildings constructed between 1730 and 1916, Potsdam's complex of palaces and parks forms an artistic whole, whose eclectic nature reinforces its sense of uniqueness. It extends into the district of Berlin-Zehlendorf, with the palaces and parks lining the banks of the River Havel and Lake Glienicke. Voltaire stayed at the Sans-Souci Palace, built under Frederick II between 1745 and 1747." Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Postcard 1
Schloss Sanssouci. Thanks to YL for mailing from Schloss Sanssouci. The postcard was missent to Taipei but safely arrived in Penang Island in Dec 16, 2014.





Postcard 2
Schloss Sanssouci, Potsdam. Thanks to Ruth for mailing from Berlin, Germany.





Postcard 3 - Berlin - Pfraueninsel
Peacock Island castle in Berlin. Thanks to Karoline of Germany.






Postcard 4 - Potsdam Map





Postcard 5 - Potsdam Map





Postcard 6 - Potsdam - Sanssouci
The name of Postdam reminds me of the Treaty of Potsdam. Thanks to Rafal of Germany.


Germany - Mines of Rammelsberg, Historic Town of Goslar and Upper Harz Water Management System

"The Upper Harz mining water management system, which lies south of the Rammelsberg mines and the town of Goslar, has been developed over a period of some 800 years to assist in the process of extracting ore for the production of non-ferrous metals. Its construction was first undertaken in the Middle Ages by Cistercian monks, and it was then developed on a vast scale from the end of the 16th century until the 19th century. It is made up of an extremely complex but perfectly coherent system of artificial ponds, small channels, tunnels and underground drains. It enabled the development of water power for use in mining and metallurgical processes. It is a major site for mining innovation in the western world." Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Postcard 1
Schone GruBe aus Goslar. Thanks to YL for mailing from Goslar. This postcard was missent to Taipei but fortunately arrived safely in Penang on December 16, 2014.





Postcard 2 - Upper Harz Water Management System
Schone Grube au dem Harz. Thanks to Janet of Germany.







Postcard 3 - Mines of Rammelsberg
Rammelsberg Mine. Thanks to Anja of Germany who visited this mine.







Postcard 4 - Historic Town of Goslar
Nice multi-view of Goslar. Cool stamps including UNESCO stamp. Thanks to Michaela of Germany.


China - Kazakhstan - Kyrgyzstan - Silk Roads - the Routes Network of Chang'an-Tianshan Corridor

"Silk Roads: the Routes Network of Chang'an-Tianshan Corridor is a 5,000 kilometre section of the extensive Silk Roads network, stretching from Chang’an/Luoyang, the central capital of China in the Han and Tang Dynasties, to the Zhetysu Region of Central Asia. It took shape between the 2nd century BC and 1st century AD and remained in use until the 16th century, linking multiple civilizations, and facilitating far-reaching exchanges of activities in trade, religious beliefs, scientific knowledge, technological innovation, cultural practices and the arts. The 33 components included in the routes network include capital cities and palace complexes of various empires and Khan kingdoms, trading settlements, Buddhist cave temples, ancient paths, posthouses, passes, beacon towers, sections of The Great Wall, fortifications, tombs and religious buildings.

There are a total of 33 sites listed which are  25 archaelogical sites; 3 historical buildings; 1 tomb; 4 cave temples. Plus two which are already inscribed UNESCO World Heritage (Longmen grottoes and Magao Caves).


CHINA - CENTRAL CHINA
- Luoyang City, Eastern Han-Northern Wei Dynasty (1st – 6th AD) (Luoyang, Henan) 
- Dingding Gate, Luoyang City, Sui -Tang Dynasties (Luoyang, Hena)
- Longmen grottoes (already inscribed on the World Heritage list) - have postcard
- Han’gu pass (Henan)
- Shihao section of Xiaohan route  (Henan)
- Weiyang Palace, Chang’an City, Western Han Dynasty (2nd BC – 1st AD) (Xian) 
- Daming Palace, Chang’an City, Tang Dynasty (7th -10th AD)  (Xian)
- Great Wild Goose Pagoda (Xian) 
- Small Wild Goose Pagoda (Xian)
- Xingjiaosi Pagodas (Xian)
- Bin county cave temple (Shaanxi) 
- Zhang Qian tomb (Shaanxi)
- Maijishan cave temple complex - have postcard

CHINA - HOSI CORRIDOR
- Bingling cave temple complex (Gansu)
- Xuanquan posthouse (Gansu)
- Suoyang city (Gansu)
- Mogao caves (already inscribed on the World Heritage List) - have postcard 
- Yumen pass (Gansu)

CHINA - NORTH, SOUTH TIANSHAN MOUNTAINS
- Qocho City (Turpan, Xinjiang)
- Yar City Site of Bashbaliq City (Turpan, Xinjiang) 
- Kizil cave temple (Jimshar,  Xinjiang)
- Subash Buddhist temple (Kuqa, Xinjiang)
- Kizilgaha Beacon tower (Kuqa, Xinjiang)
- Bachbaliq city (Kuqa, Xinjiang)

KAZAKHSTAN - ZHETYSU REGION
- Kayalyk (Almaty Province)
- Talgar  (Almaty Province)
- Karamergen (Almaty Province)
- Aktobe (Jambyl Province)
- Kulan (Jambyl Province)
- Ornek (Jambyl Province)
- Kostobe (Jambyl Province)
- Akyrtas (Jambyl Province)

KYRGZSTAN - ZHETSYU REGION
- Suyab (Site of Ak-Beshim)  (Chuy Province)
- City of Balasagun (Site of Burana) - have postcard 
- City of Nevaket (Site of Krasnaya Rechka) (Chuy Province)


Source: UNESCO World Heritage


KYEGYZSTAN - BURANA
Postcard 1
Burana Tower, a surviving remnant of ancient city of Balasagun, on a clear day with majestic view of Kyrgyz Alatau mountains. Thanks to DAO of United Kingdom who visited Kyrgzstan.





CHINA - YUMEN PASS, GANSU
Postcard 1
Yumen Pass in Gansu. Nice Silk Road stamps with special cancellation. Thanks to Wu of China.



CHINA - MAJISHAN CAVE TEMPLE COMPLEX, GANSU
Majishan Cave Temple Complex, Gansu,  China. I bought these two Maji-shan postcards in Shanghai in November 2011.

Postcard 2A





Postcard 2B





CHINA - LONGMEN GROTTOES, HENAN
Postcard 3A
The first postcard is from the postcard set of World Heritages of China that I bought in Beijing - Longmen Grottoes.




Postcard 3B




CHINA - MOGAO CAVES. GANSU
Postcard 4A
Mogao Caves of Dunhuang, Gansu is one of China's UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Beautiful cave paintings. Very nice island and butterfly stamps used. Postage was surface mail. Thanks so much to Xingshan of Zhongshan, China.





Postcard 4B
Postcard of Dunhuang Mogao Grottoes which was bought in Beijing, China.





Postcard 4C 
Mogao Grottoes in Dunhuang, Gansu. I bought this postcard in China.




Postcard 5 - Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Xian
Big Wild Goose Pagoda in Xian. I climbed the stairs to the top of the tower when I visited Xian. Thanks to aeronest of China.






Postcard 8 - Small Wild Goose Pagoda, Xian
Small Wild Goose Pagoda in Xian, China. Thanks to JC Li of China. Xie xie.


India - Nanda Devi and Valley of Flowers National Parks

"Nestled high in West Himalaya, India’s Valley of Flowers National Park is renowned for its meadows of endemic alpine flowers and outstanding natural beauty. This richly diverse area is also home to rare and endangered animals, including the Asiatic black bear, snow leopard, brown bear and blue sheep. The gentle landscape of the Valley of Flowers National Park complements the rugged mountain wilderness of Nanda Devi National Park. Together they encompass a unique transition zone between the mountain ranges of the Zanskar and Great Himalaya, praised by mountaineers and botanists for over a century and in Hindu mythology for much longer." Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Postcard 1 - Nanda Devi
Nanda Devi. Thanks to Akhil of India.





Postcard 2 - Valley of Flowers
Valley of Flowers - an official postcard issued by the India Postal Department. Thanks to Amit of India.


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.


Italy - Historic Centre of Siena

"Siena is the embodiment of a medieval city. Its inhabitants pursued their rivalry with Florence right into the area of urban planning. Throughout the centuries, they preserved their city's Gothic appearance, acquired between the 12th and 15th centuries. During this period the work of Duccio, the Lorenzetti brothers and Simone Martini was to influence the course of Italian and, more broadly, European art. The whole city of Siena, built around the Piazza del Campo, was devised as a work of art that blends into the surrounding landscape." Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Postcard 1
Campo Square - Piazza del Campo - aerial view of Sienna. Thanks to Gabriele of Italy.



Postcard 2

Spain - Palau de la Música Catalana and Hospital de Sant Pau, Barcelona

"These are two of the finest contributions to Barcelona's architecture by the Catalan art nouveau architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner. The Palau de la Música Catalana is an exuberant steel-framed structure full of light and space, and decorated by many of the leading designers of the day. The Hospital de Sant Pau is equally bold in its design and decoration, while at the same time perfectly adapted to the needs of the sick." Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Postcard 1 - Hospital de Sant Pau
Hospital de Sant Pau, Barcelona. Thanks to Loly of Spain who visited Barcelona and bought this postcard.





Postcard 2A - Palau de la Muscia Catalana - Interior
Beautiful interior view with great acoustics of the Palau de la Musica Catalana of Barcelona. Thanks to Gabriela sending it from Barcelona, Spain.





Postcard 2B - Palau de la Muscia Catalana - Exterior
Nice night view of the exterior of Palau de la Musica Catalana of Barcelona. Thanks to Jizzy who was visiting.