China - Historic Monuments of Dengfeng in “The Centre of Heaven and Earth”

"Mount Songshang is considered to be the central sacred mountain of China. At the foot of this 1500 metre high mountain, close to the city of Dengfeng in Henan province and spread over a 40 square-kilometre circle, stand eight clusters of buildings and sites, including three Han Que gates - remains of the oldest religious edifices in China -, temples, the Zhougong Sundial Platform and the Dengfeng Observatory. Constructed over the course of nine dynasties, these buildings are reflections of different ways of perceiving the centre of heaven and earth and the power of the mountain as a centre for religious devotion. The historical monuments of Dengfeng include some of the best examples of ancient Chinese buildings devoted to ritual, science, technology and education." 

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Postcard 1
The Tower Forest of Henan Dengfeng Shaolin Temple in winter. Thanks to Kolly of China. Mailed on July 9, 2013 and arrived in Penang island on July 22, 2013.

Postcard 2
Oldest existing planetarium of China - The Astronomical Observatory built in the Yuan Dynasty by Guo Shoujing in the Mount Song region. Thanks to "noumidai" of China.

Postcard 3
View of Songyue Pagoda, a sixth century Buddhism temple, of Mount Song, Henan. Thanks to Christie of China.

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