Sunday, August 1, 2010

Guangzhou, China

Zhenhai Tower literally means "the tower calms the seas and mountains" and is also known as the Five-storey Pagoda. It stands on the top of Yuexiu Hill and now is the City Museum with exhibitions telling the history of Guangzhou from Neolithic times to the recent time of this century, according to the back of the card. I am skeptical that "zhenhai" can mean that whole sentence, considering it is only two characters and the second one is identical to the Japanese one meaning "sea." Also, according to a tourism website, the tower was built by a Ming dynasty marquis to flaunt his power and his belief that he could shake the seas and mountains. So... maybe it just means "sea and mountain tower"?

Three identical stamps, from a set of four issued in 2003 on the subject of "protecting the common homeland of mankind." This one represents marine resource development and protection.

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