October 29, 2016

2844 CHINA (Anhui) - Mount Huangshan (UNESCO WHS)

Located in the humid subtropical monsoon climate zone of Anhui province, Huangshan (Yellow Mountain) is renowned for its magnificent natural scenery which includes massive granitic boulders and ancient pine trees which are often enhanced by cloud and mist effects.  This dramatic landscape includes formations of natural stone pillars, grotesquely-shaped rocks, waterfalls, caves, lakes and hot springs, formed by its complex geological history.

The property features numerous imposing peaks, 77 of which exceed an altitude of l,000 m, with the highest, the famous Lianhua Peak (Lotus Flower Peak), reaching up to l,864 m. The area also is host to notable light effects, such as the renowned sunrises. A phenomenon known as Buddha's Light is also well-known and, on average, Buddha's Light only appears a couple of times per month. It is also of outstanding importance for its botanical richness and for the conservation of a number of locally or nationally endemic plant species.

Huangshan has played an important role in the history of art and literature in China since the Tang Dynasty around the 8th century, when a legend dated from the year 747 described the mountain as the place of discovery of the long-sought elixir of immortality.  Mount became a magnet for hermits, poets and landscape artists. During the Ming Dynasty from around the 16th century, this landscape inspired the influential Shanshui (Mountain and Water) school of landscape painting.

During the Qin Dynasty, Huangshan was known as Yishan (Mount Yi). In 747 AD, its name was changed to Huangshan by imperial decree; the name is commonly thought to have been coined in honor of Huang Di (the Yellow Emperor), a legendary Chinese emperor, and the mythological ancestor of the Han Chinese. The first use of this name often is attributed to Chinese poet Li Bai. Huangshan is also the famous place for Chinese teas of high quality, such as Huangshan Maofeng, Keemun Black, and Blooming Tea.

About the stamps
The postcard is a prepaid one, but it have also additional stamps to reach to the amount of postage required. 

The first stamp is part of the series Yu Yuan Garden, issued on September 7, 2013. Yu Yuan Garden is an extensive Chinese garden located beside the City God Temple in the northeast of the Old City of Shanghai.
• Zigzag Bridge and Mid-lake Pavilion (0.80 CNY)
• Great Rockery (1.20 CNY) - It's on the postcard 2844
• Juan-Yu Building (1.20 CNY)
• Exquisite Jade Rock (1.20 CNY)

The next two stamps are part of the second set of the series Ming and Qing Dynasty Furniture, about which I wrote here. The fourth stamp is part of the first set of the series Protecting the common homeland of mankind, about which I wrote here.

Huangshan - Wikipedia
Mount Huangshan - UNESCO official website

Sender: Luna
Sent from Hefei (Anhui / China), on 12.02.2014 

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