Land Route of the Silk
Henan Province
Gongyi Stone Cave Temple - Luoyang City
Luoyang city of Han and Wei Dynasties - Luoyang City
City of the Sui and Tang Dynasties - Luoyang City
White Horse Temple - Luoyang City
Han'gu Pass and Xiaohan Ancient Path in Han Dynasty Shaanxi Province
Site of the Chang'an City of Han Dynasty - Xi'an City
Mao Imperial Mausoleum of Han Dynasty and Tomb of Huo Qubing - Xingping City
Tomb of Zhang Qian - Hanzhong City
the Dagoba of Kumarajiva - Xi'an City
Site of the Chang'an City of Tang Dynasty - Xi'an City
Xingjiao Temple Pagoda (Xuan Zang's Dagoba) - Xi'an City
The Underground Chamber of Famen Temple - Baoji City
Daqin Monastery Pagoda - Xi'an City
Zhao Imperial Mausoleum - Xianyang City
Qian Imperial Mausoleum - Xianyang City
Great Buddha Temple Grottoes in Bin County - Xianyang City
Xi'an Mosque - Xi'an City

Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region
Historic City of Guyuan - Guyuan City
Cemetery of Northern Dynasties and Sui and Tang Dynasty in Guyuan - Guyuan City
Site of Kaicheng - Guyuan City
Mount Xumi Grottoes - Guyuan City

Gansu Province
Maijishan Grottoes- Immortal Cliff Grottoes - Tianshui City
Shuiliandong (Water Curtain Cave) Grottoes- Lashao Temple - Tianshui City
Bingling Temple Grottoes- Xia Temple - Linxia Hui Autonomous Prefecture
Site of Yunen Gate and Hecang City - Dunhuang City
Suoyang City Site and Tomb Complex - Jiuquan City
Camel City Site and Tomb Complex - Zhangye City
Guoyuan- Xincheng Tomb Complex - Jiayuguan City
Great Buddha Temple - Zhangye City
Mati Temple Grottoes- Jiata Temple and Qianfo (thousand Buddhas) Cave - Zhangye City
Yulin Grottoes - Jiuquan City
Xuanquanzhi Site - Dunhuang City

Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region 
Ancient City of Jiao River - Turpan City
Ancient City of Gaochang and Astana Cemetery - Turpan City
Taizang Tower - Turpan City
Buddha Subash Temple Site - Aksu Area
Ancient City of Loulan - Ba YinGuoLeng

Mongolia Autonomous Prefecture
Niya Site - Hetian Area
Kizil Grottoes - Aksu Area
Kumtula Grottoes - Aksu Area
Simsem Grottoes - Aksu Area
Bezeklik Grottoes - Turpan City
Toyuk Grottoes - Turpan City
Mehmud Qeshqeri Tomb - Kashgar City

Sea Route of the Silk Road
Ningbo City
Quanzhou City

The Silk Road is the ancient trade route that starts in the old capital of Chang'an, the present-day Xi'an city and the center of politics, economy, and culture in a long period of ancient China. It refers to the overland commercial route connecting Asia, Africa and Europe, which goes over the Longshan Mountain, follows Hexi Corridor, passes Yumenguan Pass and Yangguan Pass, reaches Xinjiang, stretches along the oasis and the Pamir Plateau, enters the Central Asia, crosses Central Asia, Western Asia and Southern Asia, and then leads to Africa and Europe. It also served as an important trunk road where the economic, political and cultural exchanges between the Orient and the West were taking place. In its very first beginning the function of the trade route is to transport silk, the fine, delicate, elegant and portable goods, representing the civilization of ancient China which enjoyed advanced agriculture and well-developed handicraft industry. Therefore, when the name of "Silk Road" was first given by the German geographer Ferdinand Freiherr von Richthofen in the 1870s, it was widely accepted.

Source: UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List

Quanzhou was once the largest maritime post in China before the Ming Dynasty. Thanks to Phoebe of Hong Kong.

China - Kulangsu

"Kulangsu, as a small island, used to be a bone of contention of many big powers and the once most powerful feudal empire in the world between the end of the 19th Century and the beginning of the 20th Century. The multi-national condominium and social administration that once existed on the island were special outcomes of the early-stage globalization, a unique historical period of the human civilization, which also made Kulangsu one of the few geographic locations in the world then with the highest density of diverse cultures from various countries.

During the 100 years since the middle of the 19th Century, Kulangsu experienced radical political, economic, social, cultural and technological changes, which exhibited the most extensive and intensive influence of the multicultural fusion on the native society and its culture in the early stage of globalization. The outstanding contribution the Chinese elites made in this transitional process demonstrated the strong inclusiveness and creativity of the local traditional culture on the basis of deep national sentiments and solid cultural backgrounds, which endowed unique cultural meanings to Kulangsu amongst other cities of the same type and period.
Source: UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List

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Aerial view of Kulangsu (Amoy) with Xiamen City across the channel. Thanks to Phoebe of Hong Kong.

Myanmar - Inle Lake

"A large mountain lake in a well preserved landscape. Several ethnic groups use the lake and its shores as their central landmark. The cultural traditions of numerous villages around it focus on the lake and have distinctive features: - internal navigation, fishing and commerce; - floating vegetable gardens installed on artificial rafts. - distinctive housing shapes and types. - annual Buddhist fezstival on the lake. The symbiosis and ecology of the lake, its shores and its villagers constitute a genuine instance of cultural landscape." Source: UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List

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Inta fishermen standing at the stern on a slender boat, rowing with one leg on Inle Lake, located in the heart of Shan State, 1500m. Thanks to Gowan from South Korea who visited Myanmar.

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Inle Lake - famous for unique leg-rowers, sprawling lake, floating villages and floating vegetable gardens. Postcard mailed in an envelope from Myanmar.

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Fisherman in Inle Lake. Thanks to Ray of Hong Kong.

Cambodia - Koh Ker

I bought this set of 10 postcards of Koh Ker at Siem Reap National Museum. Anyone interested to swap one of these postcards, please email me.

Cambodia - Kulen Waterways

Kbal Spean. I bought this postcard in Siem Reap in March 2017.

Cambodia - Beng Melea

I bought this rather expensive postcard of Beng Melea in Siem Reap, Cambodia on March 2017.

Spain - Greek Archaeological ensemble in Empúries, l'Escala, Girona

"The Greco-Roman city of Empuries is located in the municipality of L'Escala, in the region of Alt Empordà, in the province of Girona (Girona), northeast of the Iberian Peninsula (Costa Brava). Empuries is the only archaeological site on the Iberian Peninsula where the remains of a Greek city (Emporion) and those of a Roman city (Emporiae) are combined."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List

Greek archaelogical site of Empuries, Costa Brava in Northeasterbn Catalonia. Thanks to Josep and Assumpta of Spain.

Iran - The Historical–Cultural Axis of Fin, Sialk, Kashan

"Soleymanieh Spring in Fin (Kashan) is the origin of life in this region and generated civilizations like Sialk that belong to 6th millennium BC and other instances onward. This spring generated Garden of Fin, the most prominent Iranian garden. The historical region of Kashan is an especial example of civilization from early Islamic period onward. This region contains several properties like mosques, bazaar, tekyehes (a place where Shiite Moslems mourn the martyrdom of an Imam), houses and industrial units."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List

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Brojerdiha House, Kashan. From postcard set of Iran the Ancient Sun - thanks to Fadli of Malaysia.

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Ameriha House, Kashan. From postcard set of Iran the Ancient Sun - thanks to Fadli.

Iran - Taq-e Bostan

"This complex consists of a series of properties from prehistoric to historical periods such as Morad-Hassel Tepe, an ancient village, a Parthian graveyard and a Sassanid hunting ground. The most significant property of the complex belongs to the Sassanid one which comprises of two porticos (large and small Ivans) as well as outstanding bas-reliefs from the same period."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List

Taq-e Bustan, Kermanshah, Iran. From postcard set of Iran the Ancient Sun. Thanks to Fadli of Malaysia who bought it from Iran.

Iran - Kerman Historical-Cultural Structure

"One of the most important reasons for establishment of Kerman City is its location as a cross road. From long long ago, this city has been one of the important locations that connect West to East and North to South. Such a specification has had a remarkable influence on construction and development of bazaar, in a way that the commercial zones of the city have been expanded to the outskirts of Kerman. As a result, the commercial axis and city plan have been designed based on the main commercial lines. The south-north line begins from Old Bazaar (Bazaar Kohneh) to Bazaar Aziz i.e. starting from Rigabad Gate to the surroundings of Gabri Gate and the east-west line of Kerman Bazaar that begins from Mosque gate and ends to Arg Square. Such a plan proves its important role and makes the architectural plan of the commercial axis as a cross-shaped intersection which led to be one of the most beautiful Iranian bazaars. Additionally, it provides the most accessibility between the bazaar and the old quarters of the city."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List

Ganjali Khan Square, Kerman, Iran. From postcard set of Iran the Ancient Sun. Thanks to Fadli of Malaysia.

Iran - The Historical Structure of Yazd

"The historical structure of Yazd is a collection of public-religious architecture in a very large scope comprising of different Islamic architectural elements of different periods in a harmonious combination with climatic conditions.""

Source: UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List

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Grand Jamie Mosque, Il-Khanid period of Yadz, Iran. Thanks to Ingrid of Tabriz, Iran. Nice stamps too.

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Yazd Jame Mosque, 14th Century. Thanks to Bernard of Malaysia.

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Amir Chakhmaq Complex, Yadz. From postcard set of Iran the Ancient Sun from Fadli of Malaysia.

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Jame-e Kabir Mosque of Yadz. From postcard set of Iran the Ancient Sun - thanks to Fadli of Malaysia.

India - Bahá'í House of Worship at New Delhi

"The Baha’i House of Worship in New Delhi is the Mother Temple of Baha’i faith in the Indian subcontinent. It is an edifice eminently and elegantly distinctive in its design, and uniquely inspirational in its purpose: to represent the Oneness of God, the Oneness of all Religions, and the Oneness of Mankind, the guiding tenets of Baha’i faith.

Expressionist in style and spectacular in its architectural and structural and ingenuity, the House of Worship takes its inspiration from the exquisite lotus flower - a symbol of beauty, purity and divinity intimately associated with worship and a common strand running through the symbolism of many religions in India as well as their international sects and manifestations.

The nine-sided , House of Worship Composed from 45 petals of white exposed concrete “Shell Structure” soaring to a height of more than 34 meters and adorned with shimmering white marble external cladding, sits majestically on 27 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, located in southern New Delhi. Designed by Iranian-Canadian architect Fariborz Sahba, the House of Worship (popularly called the Lotus Temple), consists of five sets of leaves or petals (3 external and 2 internal sets) each set consisting of 9 thin cast-in-place-jointless concrete shells. The outermost set of nine petals, called the entrance leaves, opens outwards and forms the nine entrances all around the outer hall. The next set of nine petals, or outer leaves, points inwards. The entrance and outer leaves together cover the outer hall. The third set of nine petals, called the inner leaves, appears to be partly closed. Only the tips open out, somewhat like a partly opened bud. This portion, which rises above the rest, forms the main structure housing the 2 sets of nine petals each thin shell structures called interior dome which houses central prayer hall, which seats 1,300.

Source: UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List

I visited this awesome Baha'i House of Worship during my trip to New Delhi in November, 2106. Bought this postcard in New Delhi.

India - Jaipur city, Rajasthan India

"Located in the eastern Rajasthan State of India, the city of Jaipur is well known for its 18th century town planning and Rajput Mughal architectural icons including architectural landmarks such as the City Palace, Hawa Mahal and the World Heritage Site of Jantar Mantar along with its diverse and thriving historic bazzars. Confined in a 2 sq km area within a well-defined city wall and 9 city gates, it boasts of magnificent architecture and is the one of the most renowned historic planned city of India from the 18th century. Though enclosed by city walls and protected by a range of forts on surrounding hills, the city of Jaipur was conceived not just as the military retreat of feudal warlords but as a commercial city, a business centre of thriving enterprise.

The construction of the city started in 1727. It took around 4 years to complete the major palaces, roads and square. The city said to be built on the principles of Shilpa Shastra, is divided into nine blocks, of which two consist the state buildings and palaces, with the remaining seven allotted to the public. Huge fortification walls were made along with seven strong gates with addition of two more in latter periods. The directions of each street and market are east to West and North to South. The eastern gate is called Suraj (Sun) Pol, while the western gate is called Chand (Moon) Pol. There are only three gates facing east, west, and north including the northern gate (known as Zorawar Singh gate) which faces toward the ancestral capital of Amber. The walled city is divided into sectors with main market streets. These primary streets form markets like Johari Bazaar, Sireh Deorhi Bazaar, Kishanpole Bazaar, Gangauri Bazaar, Chandpole Bazaar, Tripolia Bazaar and Ramganj Bazaar which are specialised markets for specific goods and functional till date as planned in the 18th century.

Source: UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List

Awesome facade of Palace of the Winds in the pink city of Jaipur, India. Visited this famous site and mailed this postcard from Jaipur, India in November 2016.

Slovakia - Natural Reserves of Tatras Mountain

"The locality is demarcated with the territory of Tatras that have the attributes of the smallest high mountains (currently uncovered with ice) in Europe and also in the temperate geographic zone in the world, on the North Hemisphere. T atras are the part of Western Carpathians and they are situated on the territory of two states - the Slovak Republic and the Polish Republic. Concentration of glacial elements is a specific feature of the locality. The High Tatras are the highest mountains in the Western Carpathians with asymmetric structure. They are formed by a winding ridge with a system of lateral ridges and forked ridges, on which the highest peaks of the Tatras are situated - Gerlach (2,654 m a.s.l.) and Lomnicky peak (2. 629 m a.s.l.)..."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List

A panorama size postcard of Vysoke Tatry. Thanks to Laco of Slovakia.

Ghana - Nzulezu Stilt Settlement

"The spectacular scenery of stilt propped water settlement of Nzulezu built on lake Tadane located in the Jomoro District in the Western Region of Ghana stands out as a magnificent interplay between man and his environment. Nzulezu is an Nzema word meaning "surface of water." The inhabitants of the village are said to have migrated from Walata, a city in ancient Ghana Empire' the earliest of the Western Sudanese States. According to tradition, ancestors of the village were brought to their present place under the guide of a snail. The serene ambience of the surrounding landscape coupled with the general activities of life point to a dynamic relationship between man and nature. Traditional village life is adapted to the watery conditions to the amazement of the visitor. All activities pertaining to normal life chores such as pounding of fufu (a traditional meal) schooling, worship and burial are done on the lake. New born babies are baptized in the lake. The lake it is said, averts possible disasters like outbreak of f~re, killing of natives of the village on or around it. The sacred day of the lake is Thursday, a day set aside on which no activity is supposed to take place signifying a strict adherence to traditional norms and taboos. Nzulezu stilt settlement is a unique lacustrine habitation achieved by a harmony of forces of nature to meet man's needs resulting in a settlement of outstanding value."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List

Life on water - Nzulenzu water village, Ghana. Thanks to Linda of Ghana.