A Map of Paradise

Indonesia

Indonesia

This great map postcard of the Southeast Asian nation of Indonesia comes from Yanita, a Postcrossing ambassador from the country. The capital city of the country is Jakarta. With a population of almost 240 million people, Indonesia is the world’s fourth most populous country, after China, India and the United States of America. The country spans 1 904 569 square kilometers, over a total of 17 508 islands in the archipelago. The country consists of 33 provinces and 1 special administrative division. While Indonesia has been inhabited for thousands of years, it was not until the early 16th Century that European traders made contact with the people in this region. After the formation of the VOC (same people that colonised South Africa) in 1602, Indonesia came under the control of the company. After its dissolution in 1800, the Dutch established its rule over the country but it was not until the early 20th century that the Dutch came into full control of the country’s current borders. Like the case is in Africa, the independence movement in Indonesia was particularly propelled by WWII. Following the expulsion of the Japanese, the country declared unilateral independence in 1945, which sparked a conflict with its Dutch colonial masters, that ended 4 years later when The Netherlands recognised its independence. Truly a fascinating country with a rich history. Thank you Yanita!

Stunning, That’s All

Lahos Island, Caramoan Peninsula, Camarines Sur, Philppines

Lahos Island, Caramoan Peninsula, Camarines Sur, Philippines

This stunningly beautiful postcard comes from Roselyn from the Philippines. I cannot find too much information on the area, except that it is found in Camarines Sur province of the country. It is also home to Caramoan National Park, which is a 347 hectare national park that was established in the area in 1936. It is apparently also popular with tourists but with a scene like this, I guess one could deduce that without having to read about it. Thank you Roselyn, it’s stunning!

Cameron Highlands

Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

This postcard of the Cameron Highlands in Malaysia comes from Nuru, who also lives in the country. Nuru tells me that tea leaves are also a common sight in Malaysia, a fact that I am pretty familiar with. The area, located about 200 km from the capital, Kuala Lumpur, was named after Sir William Gordon Cameron, who was a colonial officer that visited the area in the 1880s. The Cameron Highlands are known for having a year-round wet season, with most rainfall taking place October and November and the least between January and February. It has been a major tea growing region of the country since 1926. Definitely a beautiful place! I have always believed that Malaysia must be one of the most beautiful countries in the world and it seems that my instincts were quite right. Thank you for a great postcard Nuru!

Macau! Macau! Tooky Tooky!

Senado Square, Macau

Senado Square, Macau

My first ever postcard from the former Portuguese colony of Macau comes from Kunn. I have to say that I was quite excited getting this postcard as I have been looking for this island for quite some time. The postcard shows Senado Square, which is part of the “Historic Centre of Macau” UNESCO World Heritage Site. Senado Square is a paved area that is surrounded by buildings such as Leal Senado, the General Post Office and St. Dominic’s Church. I’ve never known much about Macau but it really seems like a place worth knowing. Thanks Kunn!

Happy New Year?

Happy New Year?

Happy New Year?

This cute little postcard comes from Olga from St. Petersburg, Russia. She tells me that this postcard is a New Year’s postcard but since my Russian extends as far as Da and Nyet, I really cannot say that this postcard screams “Happy New Year” with any form of conviction. So, as per usual, I shall need you, the lovely reader of this post, to help me. What exactly does this postcard say right here? Thank you Olga!

A Sight Worth Seeing

Hong Kong

Hong Kong

Not once have I ever looked at a postcard showing an aerial view of Hong Kong and not wished I’d been there. The magnificent beauty that is Hong Kong’s skyline has always tickled my fancy. This postcard comes from Kun Hu, who is from this stunning place. I have blogged quite a number of times about Hong Kong, so for now, I will not add to those previous posts and just let you enjoy the beauty of this postcard. I can never have enough postcards of the great cities of the world!

Beautiful Chiang Rai

Chiang Rai, Thailand

Chiang Rai, Thailand

This beautiful postcard of Chiang Rai comes from Anna-Mae in Thailand. The city of Chiang Rai is located in Northern Thailand, as shown on the map. It was founded in 1262 by King Mangrai and was subsequently annexed by Burma. It remained under its control until 1786 and was once again annexed by Thailand (then Siam) in 1899. The city has a population of an estimated 200 000 people. The city (and region) clearly has many wonderful places to see. Thanks for a great postcard, Anna-Mae!

Hindustan

India

India

Raj from India sent me this great map postcard of his country. India is the 7th largest country in the world and is located in South Asia. With a population of 1.2 billion, it has the second largest population of any country, after China. That means that this lone country has more people than my entire continent of Africa. With a land size of 3 287 590 square kilometers, it is about 2.7 times the size of my native South Africa with a population equal to about 24 times that. WOW, that’s a lot of people. That is also to say that about 1 in every 6 people in the world are from India. The name of the country, like the Hindu faith, is derived from the Indus river, located in the country. With the 3rd largest GDP (PPP) in the world, India has come a long way over the years, ending behind the USA and China. India is also a model country for the outsourcing of non-essential business services, particularly in the ICT sector. It is certainly a rising giant on the world stage and I’d love to see where India ends up, once it’s a developed nation. Thank you Raj!

An Official Building?

China

China

This postcard comes from Danloo, who is from China. I have absolutely no idea which building this is but it does look rather official, so if someone out there may be so kind as to tell me which building it is and what it serves as, I’d be most happy. Yes I did Google “Wenhua Qiangguo” but I cannot find anything that is not written in Chinese. So, read, set, help!

Holy City!

Varanasi, India

Varanasi, India

This great postcard comes from Som, who is from India. It shows the holy city of Varanasi, which is located on the banks of the Ganges in Utar Pradesh. The city is the holiest of the 7 sacred cities in Hinduism and Jainism and has also played an important role in the Buddhist faith. Varanasi is also the oldest continuously inhabited city in India, as it was (according to legend) founded by the Hindu god, Shiva. Only 29% of the city’s 1.4 million inhabitants are employed and those that are employed work mostly in manufacturing. It’s very interesting to know about a holy city in a faith other than Islam and Catholicism. Thank you for this great postcard Som!