My first card comes from China. The card was bought in the old town of Lijiang, a city in the Northwest of Yunnan province. It is famous for its UNESCO World Heritage Site , the Old Town of Lijiang. It was added to the List in 1997.
The card shows what appears to be a scene from a market. Li , who lives in Inner Mongolia sent this card. This is an autonomous region of the People's Republic of China, located in the north of the country, bordering Mongolia and Russia. Its capital is Hohhot. Li used 2 stamps on this card, a Bird stamp and a Fish stamp. The Bird stamp is a 2002 definitive from a set of 3. The Fish stamp is from a set of 8 issued in 1998 to bring attention to the upcoming 22nd Universal Postal Union Congress in Beijing in 1999.
Card # 2 arrived from Rockville, Maryland, located some 20km from the subject of this next card, Washington, D.C. On it we see the Lincoln Memorial. It honours the 16th President of the United States. This figure of Lincolm, sitting in contemplation, is 19 feet high and weighs 175 tons. It's a very impressive monument and one I saw first hand a number of years ago.
This is a card from a Postcrosser named Evan. He used the 2013 Global Forever self adhesive stamp showing Ocean Currents. A fairly common stamp these days.
Dusseldorf is up next. According to the card, this is what Dusseldorf looked like about 100 years ago. It would be interesting to see a recent postcard showing a view from this same spot. I'm sure there would be lots of changes.
Ralf used 2 Flower definitives along with a 2012 Train stamp. It celebrates 125 Years of Narrow Gauge Railway Service in the Harz., the highest mountain range in Northern Germany.
Here's a card from Ukraine, giving us a look at hollow-tree beehives, dating from the late 19th century. Also on the card , behind that fence, is The Church of the Resurrection in the village of Kysorychi. It was built in 1784.
The stamp used here is a definitive from a 2008 set of 13 Handicrafts.
You can see a UNESCO World Heritage Site on this card from South Korea, a country that I haven't received a whole lot of cards from . This one is of Hyangwonjeong Pavilion, part of the Gyeongbokgung Palace. This palace complex was added to the WHS list in 1997.
Jienn Yoo used a 2011 Flag stamp here.
There you have it, my Boxing Day update. Very relaxing indeed. Thanks for today's card go out to Li, Evan, Ralf, and Jienn Yoo, and all you reading this. Let me know what you think. Take care and with luck I'll be back again before the New Year.