Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Cover #3: Summer Palace—China

This cover is another swap with CJ from China. Not only the beautiful stamps of Summer Palace that make me happy, but he also put nice postmarks on the stamps (CJ is a post officer) that really made my day. :D

Summer Palace is located northwest of Beijing's Centre, China. It was built during the reigns of the Qing Emperors Kangxi and Qianlong (1663-1795). During the Second Opium War (1856-60) the garden and its buildings were destroyed by the allied forces. Between 1886 and 1895 it was reconstructed by Emperor Guangxu. Then the Summer Palace became a public park in 1924 and has continued as such to the present day.

UNESCO included the Summer Palace on its World Heritage List in December 1998. The reason behind the inscription because 
The imperial Chinese garden, illustrated by the Summer Palace, is a potent symbol of one of the major world civilizations. The Summer Palace epitomizes the philosophy and practice of Chinese garden design, which played a key role in the development of this cultural form throughout the east.
The Summer Palace is a masterpiece of Chinese landscape garden design. The stamps are such a great ones for my collection! Thanks a lot CJ! :)


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