Land of Great Maps

Taiwan

Taiwan

Yet another beautiful map card from Taiwan has come my way. This one is from Tina. I absolutely adore these old-looking map postcards. Furthermore, I only realise now that I should have scanned the postcard vertically and not horizontally like this. Oh well, I’m sure you’ll find it in your hearts to forgive me. Like with some previous posts, since I have already written about the topic of Formosa, I am merely going to refer you to the previous post for information on the subject. Thank you Tina!

Let’s Call it Beautiful

Rocky Mountain Sixty of Fu-Hua Lian

Rocky Mountain Sixty of Fu-Hua Lian

This absolutely stunning postcard from Taiwan comes from Hsiang Yi. This is a scene in Hualien County, which apparently attracts a great number of tourists each year, as the hill is covered in orange day lilies during August. This scene is also apparently the reason that the Portuguese originally named the country Formosa, which means “beautiful.” Boy were they right. The area was originally called “Kilai,” which the Japanese immediately changed, as it sounded like “I hate it” in Japanese. I’d have changed the name too if I were them. Thanks a bunch for this great postcard, a true contender for my Top 10.

A Taiwanese Surprise

Taiwan

Taiwan

This postcard was a surprise from Yiting Hong. I must say that I have no idea what it is about or what it shows but it sure is a pretty painting! She also did a great job on decorating the back of the postcard and it is quite delightful to get such postcards. At the back of the postcard it says “Each youth will be old, but I hope that your memories have been good.” Definitely a very nice sentiment. Thank you so much!

Got Wood?

Wooden Postcard, Taiwan

Wooden Postcard, Taiwan

I asked Shang-Hong if he had wood and he simply replied that he did. I then sent him two postcards and he sent me this very unique wooden postcard. It’s a special addition to my collection and as the shape suggests, the postcard is from Taiwan. Love it to bits! Thank you so much Shang-Hong!

Yushan

Jade Mountains

Jade Mountains

Su-Chiung from Taiwan sent me this beautiful postcard of Taiwan’s highest mountain, Yushan. Yushan is also known as the Jade Mountains and among English-speakers as Mount Morrison, after an English missionary named Robert Morrison. The name “Jade Mountains” comes from the fact that its peak is often capped with snow and looks like a shade of stainless jade. Yushan reaches its peak at 3952 meters above sea level and is thus the fourth highest mountain on an island in the world. I have never heard of this mountain before receiving this postcard but it sure looks incredibly beautiful.

Taipei to Pretoria

Taipei to Pretoria, 11490km

Distance Between Taipei and Pretoria

Anjan, a geography teacher (clearly) from Taiwan sent me this cool postcard. It shows the distance between the Taiwanese capital, Taipei and the administrative capital of South Africa, Pretoria. I find it difficult to imagine that one would actually find these kinds of postcards in a store, as it is rather random to have a postcard with a measurement of the distance between the capital of one country and the capital of another that is not of great interest to the former. Nevertheless, I really do like the postcard. Thanks Anjan.

Dutch Formosa

Het Eyland Formosa

Het Eyland Formosa

This awesome postcard showing a Dutch map of the island of Formosa and the islands of Pescadores (now Penghu County) came to me all the way from Paoli in Taipei. The map is presumably of the Dutch period of ruling Formosa between 1624 & 1662. I cannot say that before I received this postcard I had ever heard of Formosa but let’s just say that the Republic of China, Chinese Taipei or more commonly, Taiwan, now has yet another name in my mind. It truly is amazing how much one can learn about the world through postcards! Thank you Paoli!