China 2008/10/10

Registered cover from PR China. This cover is very unusual because the post officer forgot to cancel the stamps! I know from the sender, that this cover was posted on October 10, 2008.

The 2001 mini-sheet on the front side depicts the Huangguoshu Waterfall.

Huangguoshu Waterfall is the centre of the Huangguoshu scenic area. Located on the Baishui River, it is the largest of its kind in China and one of the most magnificent waterfalls in the world. It is 81 metres wide, with a drop of 74 metres. Like the Milky Way descending from heaven, the Huangguoshu Waterfall rushes into the Xiniu pond. Its roaring sound can be heard several kilometres away. The cave behind the Waterfall is 134 metres long. Still intact inside the cave is an age-old carving of four Chinese characters, meaning “snow reflecting cloud”. Watching sunset from inside the cave offers a mirage-like view.

(http://www.xabusiness.com/china-stamps-2001/2001-13.htm)

The back side has attached three stamps of the 2001 Wudang Mountains series. The stamps are entitled “Nanyan Hall in Autumn”, “Zixiao Temple in Snow”, and “Taizi Slope in Green”. More info can be found here.

In addition there are the five stamps of the 2005 set “Historic sites of Taiwan province”. They are entitled “The North Gate of Taibei Official Residence”, “Temple of Confucius in Tainan”, “Longshan Temple in Lugang”, “Er Kun Sheng Barbette in Tainan”, and “Matsu Temple at Penghu”. More info can be found here.

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