Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Fanjingshan | China



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The Fanjingshan is the highest peak of the Wuling Mountains in southwestern China, at an elevation of 2,570 m. Fanjingshan is considered a sacred mountain of Chinese Buddhism.

The isolated Wuling Mountain Range is known as “the gene database of China” due to its rich biodiversity.

Fanjingshan is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Flags of the World | Bulgaria


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The flag of Bulgaria was first adopted after the 1877–1878 Russo-Turkish War, when Bulgaria gained independence. The national flag at times was charged with the state emblem, especially during the communist era. The current flag was re-established in 1991.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

The At-Turaif District | Saudi Arabia




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The At-Turaif District in ad-Dir'iyah was the first capital of the Saudi Dynasty, in the heart of the Arabian Peninsula, north-west of Riyadh.

At-Turaif District in ad-Dir'iyah is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Estrada São Vicente | Guinea-Bissau


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Guinea-Bissau is a country in West Africa, bordered by Senegal and Guinea, with an estimated population of 1,850,000. The capital and largest city is Bissau, founded in 1687 by Portugal as a fortified port and trading center. Guinea-Bissau is independent from Portugal since 1974.

What better way to start the year than with a new country!

Friday, January 11, 2019

Montego Bay | Jamaica


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Montego Bay, Jamaica, is a popular tourist destination featuring duty-free shopping, a cruise line terminal and several beaches and resorts. Montego Bay is very important to Jamaica's economy. Most of the country's visitors arrive and depart from Montego Bay's Airport or Port.

Thank you Steve for arranging this card!

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Beemster Polder | Netherlands



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The Beemster Polder, dating from the early 17th century, is is an exceptional example of reclaimed land in the Netherlands. It has preserved intact its well-ordered landscape of fields, roads, canals, dykes and settlements, laid out in accordance with classical and Renaissance planning principles.

Droogmakerij de Beemster (Beemster Polder) is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Fihavanana | Madagascar


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When googeling the word Fihavanana I was expected it to be the name of a town or city in Madagascar.

But Fihavanana is a Malagasy (language of Madagascar) word encompassing the Malagasy concept of kinship, friendship, goodwill between beings, both physical and spiritual. The literal translation is difficult to capture. It is a system of rules and norms called that guides people’s behaviour.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Flags of the World | Greenland


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Prior to 1983 Greenland was a Danish colony since 1814. The flag during this time was the red field with white cross Danish flag.

The modern flag of independent Greenland designed by Thue Christiansen was adopted after its independence in 1985. The flag of Greenland is the only Nordic country that doesn’t feature a Nordic cross.

Monday, January 7, 2019

Mount Wudang | China


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The Wudang Mountains consist of a small mountain range in the northwestern part of Hubei, China. They are home to a famous complex of Taoist temples and monasteries associated with the god Xuanwu.

Ancient Building Complex in the Wudang Mountains is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The site contains Taoist buildings from as early as the 7th century. 

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Tiger's Nest | Bhutan


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Paro Taktsang Monastery, als known as the Tiger's Nest, is a sacred site and temple complex in Bhutan.The monastery consists of four temples with residential accommodations for the monks, precariously perched on a cliff, 900 meters off of the ground. It was constructed in 1692.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Noto - Sicily | Italy


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Noto, the limestone capital of Baroque architecture in Sicily, Italy. The city lends its name to the surrounding area: Val di Noto.

Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto (South-Eastern Sicily) is a UNESCO World Heritage site.  The eight settlements of the Val di Noto that comprises this site were completely destroyed by the enormous 1693 Sicily earthquake. Following the earthquake, these towns were rebuilt on entirely new sites. The eight towns are Caltagirone, Militello Val di Catania, Catania, Modica, Noto, Palazzolo, Ragusa and Scicli.

Friday, January 4, 2019

Gobustan Rock Art | Azerbaijan


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Gobustan Rock Art Cultural Landscape is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The site has an outstanding collection of more then 6,000 rock paintings.

They depict primitive men, animals, battle-pieces, ritual dances, bullfights, boats with armed oarsmen, warriors with lances in their hands, camel caravans, pictures of sun and stars, on the average dating back to 5,000-20,000 years.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Archaeological Site of Mystras | Greece



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Mystras is a Greek fortified town, situated on Mt. Taygetos. The town was abandoned in 1832, leaving only the breathtaking medieval ruins, standing in a beautiful landscape. The town has a rich history dating back to 1249.

Archaeological Site of Mystras is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Alexandra Cave - Naracoorte | Australia


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Alexandra Cave - This spectacular cave is one of the Naracoorte Caves’ special treasures. Discovered in 1908, Alexandra Cave is full of speleothems – stalactites, stalagmites, and columns. You’ll be amazed by the contrast between delicate needle-like stalactites and massive twisting columns.
Source:
https://www.naracoortecaves.sa.gov.au/discover/under-the-ground/alexandra-cave

Australian Fossil Mammal Sites (Riversleigh / Naracoorte) is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Alexandra Cave is one of the locations that comprises this site.

Sent from Naracoorte by Steve!

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