Welcome back for part three of the China Week series. Don’t miss part one or part two. Today I have for your enjoyment three more Chinese UNESCO sites: the Fujian Earth building, the Imperial Palace in Beijing, and the Mausoleum of the first Qin Emperor.
The Fujian Earth Buildings are a type of rural dwelling that were built starting in the 12th century. They are sort of like Western castles; they were built to be fortified places to live. I have already featured a card that showed the outside of these buildings, and now you get to see the inside. This card shows the Chenqi building, one of the 46 Fujian Tulou buildings. This card came from a Postcrossing forum swap with Bourdon.
Next is a card also from the Postcrossing forum, this time sent by Linus. It shows the Imperial Palace in Beijing, also known as the Forbidden Palace. The Palace was built in the 15th century CE. Construction was started by the Yongle Emperor, the third emperor of the Ming Dynasty. It was preserved as a UNESCO site in 1987.
Finally, there is this card, also sent by Linus. It shows a very small part of the Terracotta army of the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor. The Terracotta Army protected the Emperor in his afterlife. There are approximately 8,000 foot soldier figures, as well as chariots, horses, and cavalry in pits around the tomb. The Mausoleum was built over 38 years from 246 to 208 BCE. Most of the tomb remains unexcavated. The tomb was put on the UNESCO list in 1987.
Here are the stamps:
Join us later for the fourth and final installment of China Week.