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!

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!

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!

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.

Great City View

Hong Kong

Hong Kong

Another great city-view from Pam in Hong Kong. The achievement of the human being in being able to build such a city is what makes these kinds of postcards my favourite. Hong Kong is home to about 7.1 million people and is 1104 square kilometers. The GDP of Hong Kong is $243 billion, which makes it about half the size of my city, Ekurhuleni, but with almost 5 times its economy. With a population density of 6480 people per square kilometer, it is no wonder at all that this city has gone on a path of vertical building instead of horizontal building. Hong Kong is a place that will always impress me. Thank you for the great postcard Pam!

A Brilliant Building

International Commerce Centre, Hong Kong

International Commerce Centre, Hong Kong

This stunning postcard of the sunset over the International Commerce Centre in Hong Kong comes to me all the way from Pam. The International Commerce Centre is the tallest building in Hong Kong, standing at 484 meters and 118 storeys. That makes it the fifth tallest building by height in the world and the third tallest building by floors. Pam tells me that she worked on this project, which I think is pretty cool. Pam tells me that the residential property to its right can fetch between 20 000 and 30 000 Hong Kong Dollars per square foot. The building was completed in 2010 and is used as both a hotel and for its office space. Every postcard I receive from Hong Kong is just one more reason for me to travel there. Thank you Pam!