Saturday, October 2, 2010

Wuzhen, China

Wuzhen is a small town in Zhejiang Province. It is ranked first among six ancient towns south of the Yangtze River, and is heavily regulated to maintain its "traditionality" - no new businesses are allowed to be created. The town is crisscrossed with rivers and canals, earning it the nickname "the Venice of the east". This card shows "Ding-Sheng Bridge River" (according to the back of the card).

The stamp on the left is from a 1996 issue celebrating economic construction in Hong Kong; this particular stamp depicts the stock exchange of Hong Kong. Hong Kong was returned to the Chinese government in 1997, and the information given for this set of stamps proclaims "Hong Kong will maintain its prosperity and development after 1997 when it comes back to its motherland."
The stamp on the right is number 4 in a 1994 issue of the Dunhuang Murals, artwork of the Tang Dynasty. This one is called "Female Devil."

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