I have three new UNESCO places from China today, and one place that I am not sure if it is a UNESCO or not. First is one of the Fujian Tulou:
This is the Eryi tulou, of the Dadi tulou cluster at Zhangzhou City. This building was built in 1770. The tulou are a type of rural dwelling of the Hakka people. They are built like castles, but are ring shaped. They are made out of compacted earth and are built for defense. On this card you can see the gun holes at the top of the building along the roof, as well as the structure’s only outer door. These buildings typically housed many generations of a single family clan. This card was sent by shiny3 from China. Thanks!
Next is this card from Jiangxi province, sent by Hanna. It shows Mount Lushan, in Lushan National Park:
Lushan National Park has been on the UNESCO list since 1996. The highest peak is 1,474 meters above sea level. This card shows the Dragon Head Cliff. As well as being a beautiful landscape, Mount Lushan is actually inscribed for cultural criteria. It is the founding site of Pure Land Buddhism and was the home and inspiration of many Chinese poets.
The second card from Hanna is also a mountain, this one is Mount Huangshan in Anhui province.
Both Mount Lushan and Mount Huangshan are covered in clouds for more than 200 days of the year. Mount Huangshan is a combined cultural and natural site. It is a beautiful landscape and home to many endangered and rare species. It is also the inspiration for many poets and artists and the growing region for some unique teas.
Nearby, also in Anhui, is the village of Guanlu. I am not sure if this is included in the site Ancient Villages of Southern Anhui, or if it is only the nearby and very similar villages of Hongcun and Xidi.
This card comes from Kolly. The village dates back to the Ming and Qing dynasties. I’m learning so much about Chinese history from my postcard collecting!