Sunday, May 31, 2009


A postcard from Holland, a synonym of the Netherlands. This Dutch postcard integrates several aspects of its country: the motorbikes, the bicycles, tulips and stroopwafel, a type of cookies from Gouda. The font type used here is in arabic style and tri-colour of its flag in the background. Thanks My27FairLady.

It was sent from Rotterdam on 20.4.2009 using five wavy-line machine postmark. A 95 Euro Cents heart-shape earth was used. The stamp is quite unique as the upper part is printed with priority and this part has rouletted separation from the rest of the stamp.

Saturday, May 30, 2009


My first exchange through this blog...

The unique Polish buidlings in Old Town's Market Place (Rynek Starego Miasta) in Warszawa (Warsaw). This side maybe is the Barss' Side (Strona Barss) at the east side. This place was systematically blown up by German Army during the Second World War. It was restored after the war to its pre-war appearance. The statue in the square is Wario Wojciech. The Old Town Quarter of Warszawa (Warsaw) is listed in UNESCO world heritage list under the name "Historic Centre of Warsaw". Thanks Kazimierz.

It was sent from Tarnobrzeg 3 on 16.4.2009. Two stamps were used here. They are a definitive building stamp (10gr) and a stamp commemorating 2008 United Nations Climate Change Conference at Poznań (2,40zł). Therefore, 2.50 zł was paid for sending this postcard.

Friday, May 29, 2009


A smiling cat. Or a kitten? Which breed is this one? No idea. Thanks lox82.

It was sent with a 62p Machin stamp from Bolton on 20.4.2009. To be exactly, it is postmarked at 7.15pm. It was a pictorial commercial postmark with six wavy-line. There is one website link,, and a date too, 19.07.09.

Thursday, May 28, 2009


Lion Grove Garden (狮子林) is one of the Classical gardens in Suzhou, the UNESCO world heritage sites. It is used to be part of a monastery and built in Yuan Dynasty. The garden name derived from the rocks that resemble lion shape. Thanks yunshui.

It was sent from Suzhou Kunshan Bingxi 3 (苏州 昆山 兵希 3) on 27.3.2009. International postcard airmail rate was paid using two stamps. They are 150 Fen scenery stamp (1998-16, 3-3) and a 3Yuan greeting stamp.

Additional postmark is at the bottom. It is much more clearer.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009


A postcard shows the morning scenery of Jinshan (金山), Zhenjiang (镇江). Jinshan is a hill situated in the northwest of the town. Its height is about 44m. On the hill, there is a Buddhist temple, Jiangtianchansi (江天禅寺), also known as Jinshansi (金山寺). The pagoda inside the postcard is part of the temple. It is known as Cishouta (慈寿塔). Thanks wangjiayimike.

It was sent from Jiangsu Zhenjiang Zhongshandonglu 4 (江苏 镇江 中山东路4) on 14.3.2009. Two stamps with a total face value of 3 Yuan were used. They are 200 Fen Imperial Palace (1998, 4-3) and 100 Fen Asian Elephants (1995-11, 2-1). Both stamps are join issue with other postal authorities. The former is with the French, while the later with Thai.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009


A Zhejiang postcard (浙YP-0427) shows one of the 56 etnic groups of China, the Han Chinese. The main etnic group of China. Thanks semper_fi.

This postcard came with a pre-printed 60 Fen flowers stamp. It was stamped with a red five-wavy lines of Guangzhou Tonghe (From Mailbox) Machine 1 or 广州 同和(筒取)机1 in Chinese on 26.3.2009.

Additional stamps were affixed on the other corner. There are two 1.20 Yuan new year picture stamps (2008-2, 4-1) and this made up the total postage paid is 3 Yuan, international surface rate for postcard. Since they are away from the conventional place affixing stamps. They are manually stamped with Guangzhou Tonhhe 9 (广州 同和 9) on the same day.

Monday, May 25, 2009


A commercial lottery postcard from Industrial and Commercial Bank of China , Zhejiang Branch(中国工商银行 浙江省分行). It was issued in Hangzhou with the postcard ID 2006-1105(BK)-0037. It was promoting its financial service product. Thanks semper_fi.

A pre-printed 60 Fen Year of the Dog stamp for same-city postage on the postcard. Without any additional postage, it was sent from Sichuan Tongjiang Chengnan 2 (四川 通江 城南 2) on 9.4.2009 underpaid, even between cities in China. Another surprise postcard from semper_fi.

Sunday, May 24, 2009


The fountain of Майдан Незалежності (Maydan Nezalezhnosti), the Independent Square with Monument to the Annalistic fouders of Kiev (Kyiv) City. According to legend, Kyi, Schek and Khoryv are the three brothers, sometimes mentioned along with their sister Lybid, were the founders of Kyiv city, the capital of Ukraine. Thanks amelia555.

A non-value indicator stamp with an "E" stamp was used to send this postcard. It is an ink bottle with a feather pen. A three-wavy lines machine postmark of Kyiv (Kiev) stamped on 20.3.2009. Additional postmark is partially stamped on the upper left. What has happen?

Saturday, May 23, 2009


Five Rams (五羊石像), a symbolic landmark of Guangzhou (广州). It is built in 1960 inside Yuexiu Park (越秀公园) according to a local legend. A mother goat (nanny) and four kids (offspring of goat) brought from the heaven by a deity to save the people during a drought. Therefore, this city is also known as City of Goat (羊城). In 1999, this statue is declared as city-level heritage site. Thanks leave2008 (想起︷ˋ).

This postcard is sent from Guangzhou Shipai 6 (广州 石牌 6) on 29.3.2009. Three stamps were used here. They are 1.20 Yuan Shanghai Expo 2010 (2007-31, 2-1), 50 Fen Hong Kong Returns to Motherland (1997-10, 2-1) and 2.80 Yuan Water Village Scenery (2001-5, 6-6). Total paid for this postcard is 4.50 Yuan.

Friday, May 22, 2009


St. Dominic's Church (玫瑰堂) of Macau, which is founded in 1587, is situated near Leal Senado. It is the first church which the Dominican established in China. It is also part of the UNESCO heritage site "Historic Centre of Macao". Thanks Courthney_Wong (Kirsti).

The stamp used on the postcard also from UNESCO heritage theme. Just very nice! It is the Catedral Igreja da Sé (聖母聖誕堂 or 大堂) with the face value 4ptcs. The postmark is not very clear. It was sent on 16.3.2009. It might have been processed from Macau TRADIC Letter Process and Delivery Centre 2 (澳門TRADIC郵政處理及派遞中心2).

Thursday, May 21, 2009


Central (中環) and the firework over the Victoria Harbour (維多利亞港) at night. It is an annual event. Every year, on the second night of lunar new year, this firework takes place. In the centre of this postcard is the tallest tower in Hong Kong, 2IFC (2 International Finance Centre, 國際金融中心二期). Also shown in this postcard is the second tallest, Central Plaza (中環廣場), which is on the left of this postcard. Thanks Memo.

This postcard was processed using a pictorial postmark from Kowloon City (九龍城) on 3.3.2009. A definitive bird stamp ($2.40) from booklet was used. The booklet stamp's edge is not perforated.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009


A postcard on university in Guangzhou, The Sun Yat-sen University (中山大学). It shows a Ming Dynasty paifang, a traditional chinese architectural form of archway. The Scholars Paifang (乙丑进士牌坊) is built in 1635 (明崇祯八年) to commemorative seven scholars from Guangdong Province of 1625 (明天启五年). In 1947, when the road at the original site needed to be widen, it was relocated into the Lingnan University (嶺南大學). This university is then incorporated into Sun Yat-sen University in 1953. It was removed during the Cultural Revolution and only restore in 1999. At the same time, the original campus of Lingnan University, including this paifang, is declared as heritage site by Guangzhou Municipal Government. Thanks Jane.

It was sent from Guangzhou Beijing Road 2 (广州 北京路 2) on 22.3.2009. The 03 was partially seen, looks like 05. The current definitive stamps, with the total amount of 4.50Yuan, were used. They are comprised of 1.50 Yuan environmental awareness stamp, 2 Yuan and 1 Yuan bird stamps.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009


A majestic buildings , Gandan Sumtseling Monastery (松赞林寺) stands tall among houses. It is built in 1679 and also known as Little Potala Palace. It is situated in Zhongdian (中甸), Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture (迪庆藏族自治州), Yunnan Province. Zhongdian is currently known as Shangri-la! This place is surrounded by UNESCO heritage sites of "Three Parallel Rivers of Yunnan Protected Areas (三江并流)". Geza River (格咱河), a tributary of Jinsha River (金沙江), flows through the town centre not far from this place. Jinsha River is the name for this part of Yangtze River and it run parallel with Mekong and Salween. Interesting place! Thanks jo-z (浣熊).

It was sent from Shandong Changqing Shanshi (1) (山东长清 山师(1)) on 17.3.2009. Current definitive bird stamps were used. They are two 2 Yuan and one 1 Yuan stamps. These made up of 5 Yuan, which is also overpaid for airmail international postcard rate (4.50 Yuan).

Monday, May 18, 2009


Modern Singapore, the theme of this Singaporean postcard. The Merlion (an imaginary creature lion-head fish) on the upper right, the MRT train on the bottle and Downdown Core in the background. Thanks LGM.

A stamp on the theme "Cinema Theatres of Yesteryear" showing "The Majestic, 1928" (50¢) is used to send this postcard. But, it is mispostmarked on 23.3.2009 by 6-wavy lines of Singapore C1.

Sunday, May 17, 2009


Third series of Postcard commemorating 22nd Universal Postal Congress Beijing 1999. It is issued in 1999 by the State Postal Bureau with the issue no. JP79 (4-4). The design shows a child sending mail through internet. This postcard is issued with a 420 fen pre-printed stamp with the same design. Additional 30 fen stamp of Chinese classical story, Strange Stories from A Chinese Studio (聊斋志异, 2003-9, 6-2), was used to make up international postcard rate (450 fen). Very blur postmark... It was sent from Sichuan Jiuzhaigou Zhangzayingye 1 (四川 九寨沟 漳扎营业1) on 6.3.2009.

A typical stamped postcard same as those in the old days. At the back, just a plain side for sender to write their message. Thanks semper_fi for sending this postcard from Jiuzhaigou.

Saturday, May 16, 2009


A 2006 Year of Dog lottery postcard from Taiwan. Very creative design using the numerical year forming a dog. Thanks AnnHuang.

A pre-printed NT$2.50 dog stamp plus a NT$12 bridal sedan chair stamp, which made up of NT$14.50, were used to send this postcard. I guess the postage is more than enough. It was sent from Xinzhuang (新莊) on 16.3.2009.

Friday, May 15, 2009


Beaches, sun and sea... The natural beauty of coastal area in Malaysia. The East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia has a very long sandy coast like in this postcard. Thanks sftan for sending this postcard while travelling.

A overpaid local postcard... A current whote-rumped shama (50 sen) stamp was used to send it from Mersing, Johor, on 10.3.2009. A broken in the center seven-wavy lines machine cancellation. For a normal size postcard like this one, 20 sen is enough.

Thursday, May 14, 2009


A postcard shows the ancient city of Tharros, Sardegna (Sardinia). It is situated on the west coast of the island. It is definately an open air museum. Although it was founded much more earlier, what can be seen here nowaday is buildings of Rome domination and early Christianity periods. Thanks Enry for showing this wonderful place.

An 2008 Beijing Summer Olympic stamp (€0,85) was used to sent this postcard from Cagliari CMP on 6.3.2009. A disc showing one half of Greek ancient spots and the other half is Chinese.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009


A postcard that commemorating the 2008 Summer Olympic Touch Relay in Nanjing. The building in the postcard is the Mausoleum of Dr. Sun Yat-sen (中山陵), which is situated at the foot of the second peak of Mount Zijin (紫金山 or Purple Mountain) in Nanjing. Thanks haha.

In addition to the pre-printed 80 Fen "Dancing Beijing" stamp, three 80 Fen new year picture stamps (2004-2, 4-2) were used. This made up of 3.20 Yuan for sending this postcard from Nanjing Shicun 4 (南京 十村4) on 3.3.2009. A normal seamail rate for postcard is 3 Yuan.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009


Nanxi Hot Spring (南溪温泉), a famous tourist area in Zhejiang Province (浙江省). It is situated in Ningbo's Ninghai County (宁波市宁海县). Thanks Twittermori (唁餎).

It was sent from Hangzhou's Zhejiang Mass Communication College (杭州 浙江传媒学院) on ?.2.2009. The date is not clear. Three 1.20 Yuan bird stamps was used. They made up of 3.60 Yuan. The normal sea mail is only 3 Yuan.

Another commemorative stamping found on the postcard. It is celebrating Year of Ox on 26.1.2009 and it is from Zhejiang Ningbo (浙江宁波).

Monday, May 11, 2009


The snow-covered Cathedral of St. Basil the Blessed, a landmark building in Moscow. In the background is Spasskaya Tower. They are within the UNESCO heritage site under the name, Kremlin and Red Square, Moscow. Thanks Ginger_Girl.

A machine stamping postcard with three wavy lines. It was sent from Москва (Moscow) on 22.2.2009. I guessed it is overpaid. Two 10р. Tsarskoye Selo (Царское Село or Tsar's Village) stamps, which made up of 20p. postage.

Thursday, May 7, 2009


A picturescape from Garden of Moon Lake (月湖园) in Ningbo, Zhejiang Province. Nice view of green, water body and the structures of Chinese garden. Thanks rainrain.

It was sent from Zhejing Ningbo Jishigang 2 (浙江 宁波 集仕港 2) on 24.2.2009. Two different 200 fen stamps were used to pay for postage. These stamps are coral reef fish (1998-29, 8-7) and Huangshan landscape (1997-16, 8-3).