Uruguay - Fray Bentos

"Located on land projecting into the Uruguay River west of the town of Fray Bentos, the industrial complex was built following the development of a factory founded in 1859 to process meat produced on the vast prairies nearby. The site illustrates the whole process of meat sourcing, processing, packing and dispatching. It includes buildings and equipment of the Liebig Extract of Meat Company, which exported meat extract and corned-beef to the European market from 1865 and the Anglo Meat Packing Plant, which exported frozen meat from 1924. Through its physical location, industrial and residential buildings as well as social institutions, the site presents an illustration of the entire process of meat production on a global scale."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Fray Bentos, Uruguay. Thanks to Angelica of Uruguay.

Germany - Maulbronn Monastery Complex

"Founded in 1147, the Cistercian Maulbronn Monastery is considered the most complete and best-preserved medieval monastic complex north of the Alps. Surrounded by fortified walls, the main buildings were constructed between the 12th and 16th centuries. The monastery's church, mainly in Transitional Gothic style, had a major influence in the spread of Gothic architecture over much of northern and central Europe. The water-management system at Maulbronn, with its elaborate network of drains, irrigation canals and reservoirs, is of exceptional interest." Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Postcard 1
Aerial view of Maulbronn Monastery. Thanks to Ruth of USA for mailing from Maulbronn, Germany.

Postcard 2
Kloster Maulbronn - Kloster im Fruhling. Thanks to Nicole of Germany.

Postcard 3
Multi-view of Maulbronn MOnastery Complex. Thanks to YL who bought this postcard from this site.

Germany - Wartburg Castle

"Wartburg Castle blends superbly into its forest surroundings and is in many ways 'the ideal castle'. Although it has retained some original sections from the feudal period, the form it acquired during the 19th-century reconstitution gives a good idea of what this fortress might have been at the height of its military and seigneurial power. It was during his exile at Wartburg Castle that Martin Luther translated the New Testament into German." Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Postcard 1
Eisenach - Wartburg. Aerial view of castle. Stamps used include Jasmund National Park which is a UNESCO World Heritage. Thanks to Gabi of Germany.

Postcard 2
Wartburg Castle. Thanks to Ruth of USA who toured this castle.

Postcard 3
Multi-view of Wartburg Castle. Thanks to YL who visited this site.

Postcard 4
Aerial view of Wartburg Castle. Thanks to YL who visited this site.

Macedonia - Natural and Cultural Heritage of the Ohrid region

"Situated on the shores of Lake Ohrid, the town of Ohrid is one of the oldest human settlements in Europe. Built mainly between the 7th and 19th centuries, it has the oldest Slav monastery (St Pantelejmon) and more than 800 Byzantine-style icons dating from the 11th to the end of the 14th century. After those of the Tretiakov Gallery in Moscow, this is considered to be the most important collection of icons in the world. " 

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Postcard 1
Saint Panteleimon at Plaosnik, Ohrid. Thanks to Marysia of Poland.

Postcard 2
Lake Ohrid with St. Pantaleimon monastery on its lake shore. This is one of the oldest human settlements in Europe. Thanks to Ana of Macedonia.

Postcard 3
Trpejca, Lake Ohrid. Thanks to Valentina of Macedonia.

Postcard 4
Monastery of St. Jovan of Kaneo at Lake Ohrid, Macedonia. Thanks to Uli of Austria for mailing from Macedonia.

China - Kazakhstan - Kyrgyzstan - Silk Roads - the Routes Network of Chang'an-Tianshan Corridor

"Silk Roads: the Routes Network of Chang'an-Tianshan Corridor is a 5,000 kilometre section of the extensive Silk Roads network, stretching from Chang’an/Luoyang, the central capital of China in the Han and Tang Dynasties, to the Zhetysu Region of Central Asia. It took shape between the 2nd century BC and 1st century AD and remained in use until the 16th century, linking multiple civilizations, and facilitating far-reaching exchanges of activities in trade, religious beliefs, scientific knowledge, technological innovation, cultural practices and the arts. The 33 components included in the routes network include capital cities and palace complexes of various empires and Khan kingdoms, trading settlements, Buddhist cave temples, ancient paths, posthouses, passes, beacon towers, sections of The Great Wall, fortifications, tombs and religious buildings.

There are a total of 33 sites listed which are  25 archaelogical sites; 3 historical buildings; 1 tomb; 4 cave temples. Plus two which are already inscribed UNESCO World Heritage (Longmen grottoes and Magao Caves).

- Luoyang City, Eastern Han-Northern Wei Dynasty (1st – 6th AD) (Luoyang, Henan) 
- Dingding Gate, Luoyang City, Sui -Tang Dynasties (Luoyang, Hena)
- Longmen grottoes (already inscribed on the World Heritage list) - have postcard
- Han’gu pass (Henan)
- Shihao section of Xiaohan route  (Henan)
- Weiyang Palace, Chang’an City, Western Han Dynasty (2nd BC – 1st AD) (Xian) 
- Daming Palace, Chang’an City, Tang Dynasty (7th -10th AD)  (Xian)
- Great Wild Goose Pagoda (Xian) 
- Small Wild Goose Pagoda (Xian)
- Xingjiaosi Pagodas (Xian)
- Bin county cave temple (Shaanxi) 
- Zhang Qian tomb (Shaanxi)
- Maijishan cave temple complex - have postcard

- Bingling cave temple complex (Gansu)
- Xuanquan posthouse (Gansu)
- Suoyang city (Gansu)
- Mogao caves (already inscribed on the World Heritage List) - have postcard 
- Yumen pass (Gansu)


- Qocho City (Turpan, Xinjiang)
- Yar City Site of Bashbaliq City (Turpan, Xinjiang) 
- Kizil cave temple (Jimshar,  Xinjiang) - have postcard
- Subash Buddhist temple (Kuqa, Xinjiang)
- Kizilgaha Beacon tower (Kuqa, Xinjiang)
- Bachbaliq city (Kuqa, Xinjiang)

- Kayalyk (Almaty Province)
- Talgar  (Almaty Province)
- Karamergen (Almaty Province)
- Aktobe (Jambyl Province)
- Kulan (Jambyl Province)
- Ornek (Jambyl Province)
- Kostobe (Jambyl Province)
- Akyrtas (Jambyl Province)

- Suyab (Site of Ak-Beshim)  (Chuy Province)
- City of Balasagun (Site of Burana) - have postcard 
- City of Nevaket (Site of Krasnaya Rechka) (Chuy Province)

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Postcard 1
Burana Tower, a surviving remnant of ancient city of Balasagun, on a clear day with majestic view of Kyrgyz Alatau mountains. Thanks to DAO of United Kingdom who visited Kyrgzstan.

Postcard 1
Yumen Pass in Gansu. Nice Silk Road stamps with special cancellation. Thanks to Wu of China.

Majishan Cave Temple Complex, Gansu,  China. I bought these two Maji-shan postcards in Shanghai in November 2011.

Postcard 2A

Postcard 2B

Postcard 3A
The first postcard is from the postcard set of World Heritages of China that I bought in Beijing - Longmen Grottoes.

Postcard 3B

Postcard 4A
Mogao Caves of Dunhuang, Gansu is one of China's UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Beautiful cave paintings. Very nice island and butterfly stamps used. Postage was surface mail. Thanks so much to Xingshan of Zhongshan, China.

Postcard 4B
Postcard of Dunhuang Mogao Grottoes which was bought in Beijing, China.

Postcard 4C 
Mogao Grottoes in Dunhuang, Gansu. I bought this postcard in China.

Postcard 5 - Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Xian
Big Wild Goose Pagoda in Xian. I climbed the stairs to the top of the tower when I visited Xian. Thanks to aeronest of China.

Postcard 6 - Small Wild Goose Pagoda, Xian
Small Wild Goose Pagoda in Xian, China. Thanks to JC Li of China. Xie xie.

Postard 7 - Kizil Thousand Buddha Caves, China
Kizil Thousand Buddhave Caves. Thanks to Jarod of China.

China - The Grand Canal

"The Grand Canal is a vast waterway system in the north-eastern and central-eastern plains of China, running from Beijing in the north to Zhejiang province in the south. Constructed in sections from the 5th century B.C. onwards, it was conceived as a unified means of communication for the Empire for the first time in the 7th century A.D (Sui Dynasty). This led to a series of gigantic worksites, creating the world’s largest and most extensive civil engineering project prior to the Industrial Revolution. It formed the backbone of the Empire’s inland communication system, transporting grain and strategic raw materials, and supplying rice to feed the population. By the 13th century it consisted of more than 2,000 kilometres of artificial waterways, linking five of China’s most important river basins. It has played an important role in ensuring the country’s economic prosperity and stability and continues today as a major means of internal communication.

The Grand Canal has 10 main sections of ancient artificial waterways. The nominated serial 
property is made up of 31 individual properties, corresponding to a little over 1,000 km of navigable 
waterways, most of which are still filled with water, but some of which are today archaeological sites. Together they represent a total of 85 major heritage items, consisting of 27 canal sections and 58 cultural heritage sites on the Grand Canal.

The properties are as follows: 

1) Tonghui Canal (Beijing): 
-  Old Beijing City  Tongzhou

2) Bei Canal (Tianjin): 
- Sanchakou 

3) Nan Canal (Hebei, Shandong): 
- Cangzhou–Dezhou 

4) Huitong Canal (Shandong):
 - Linqing - Yanggu complex - Nanwang Complex - Weishan 

5) Zhong Canal (Shandong, Jiangsu): 
- Taierzhuang - Suqian 

6) Huaiyang Canal (or Li Canal) (Jiangsu): 
- Qingkou site near Huai’an Caoyun Governor’s Mansion - Yangzhou region 

7) Jiangnan Canal (Jiangsu, Zhejiang):
Changzhou City - Wuxi City - Suzhou Jiaxing-Hangzhou region Nanxun 

8) Zhedong Canal (Zhejiang): 
- Hangzhou Xiaoshan-Shaoxing - Shangyu-Yuyao - Ningbo -  Ningbo Sanjiangkou

9) Tongji Canal (Henan, Anhui): 
- Hanjia - Huiluo- Zhengzhou - Shangqiu Nanguan - Shangqiu Xiayi- Liuzi - Si 

10) Wei Canal (or Yongji Canal) (Henan):
- Hua and Xun Liyang

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Postcard 1 - HUAIYANG CANAL (Yangzhou - Jiangsu)
Slender West Lake of Yangzhou, Jiangzhu. A fine day after snow in early spring of Twenty four Bridge Scenic Zone. Thanks to Wang of Jiangsu, China who visited here.

Postcard 2 - HUAIYANG CANAL (Yangzhou - Jiangsu)
Wenfeng Tower at Yangzhou.

Postcard 3 - HUAIYANG CANAL (Jiangsu)
Huaian in Jiangsu.

Postcard 4- JIANGNAN CANAL (Hangzhou - Zhejiang)
Gong Chen Bridge, Jiaxing-Hangzhou region, Jiangnan Canal. I bought this maxicard in Shanghai in November 2011. I bought this maxicard in Shanghai in Novembe 2011.

Postcard 5 - TONGHUI CANAL (Jiangsu)
Zhenguosi Tower on the island of Gaoyou City, Jiangsu..

Postcard 6 - TONGHUI CANAL (Beijing)
Lotus Lantern Stupa at Tongzhou, Beijing - at the northern starting point of the Grand Canal.

Postcard 7 - BEI CANAL (Tianjin)
Tian Hou Guan of Tianjin Bei Canal.

Postcard 8 - NAN CANAL (Shandong)
Shan Shan Assembly Hall in  Liao Cheng, Shandong.

Postcard 9 - Suzhou
Thanks to Phoebe of Hong Kong.

Postcard 10
Preserved water lock system of Grand Canal in Yangzhou with special UNESCO World Heritage cancellation. Thanks to Aeronest of China.