Jiufen (Jioufen) is a small town in the north of Taiwan. It used to be the centre of gold mining.
When the mining activities discontinued, the town was forgotten. Later, several movies were filmed here inclusive of "A City of Sadness", which won first prize in the Venice Film Festival and Jiufen is now a popular tourist destination .
When the river runs through the town of Shigu in Lijiang county area, it makes a 180 degree turn forming a "V"-shaped bend. This bend is called "The first bend of Changjiang River". a world-famous geological phenomenon.
The Chinese believe that the simple act of preparing and drinking a cup of tea can refresh and comfort the body, mind and spirit. And in Chinese society, the younger generation always show their respect to the older generation by offering a cup of tea. Alex offered me good tea in a big bowl if I visit Beijing one day. Alex, xièxiè! -jiějiě -
V is for Volcano, writes Hootnoodle, for the Alphabet RR
Mount St Helens
Prior to the massive eruption on May 18, 1980, Mount St. Helens towered majestically above Spirit Lake. Today, the changing landscape of Mount St Helens displays the awesome power of the earth to tear down and rebuild along with the amazing tenacity of life to survive and renew.
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The Novodevichy Convent, Moscow.
Founded in 1524 by Grand Duke Vasily III to celebrate the recapture of Smolensk from the Lithuanians. It was used by women of the Tsar’s family and the aristocracy. Members of the Tsar’s family and entourage were also buried in its cemetery. The convent provides an example of the highest accomplishments of Russian architecture with rich interiors and an important collection of paintings and artefacts. In 2004, it was proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
A multi-signed Postcrossing Postcard from a meet-up in Utrecht, Netherlands. I recognise many names who are on the Postcrossing Forum. And I noted that the postcrossing stamp even has a postcard with a view of the Petronas Twin Towers! TQ, Sophie! :-)
I adore this round card entitled "Poppy Wood" from Santoro Graphics designed by Suzanne Woolcott . The girl is so cute and she has gloss varnish on detailed areas. Heart warming!
The Calaveras (skulls) Cave is the main attraction of the village of Benidoleig. The cave obtained its name from the 12 skulls that were found in its interior when it was discovered in 1768. Bronze and Neolithic remains have also been discovered in the cave. The entrance is 70 metres above sea level and the cave extends for 440 metres, the visitors’ path being over 300 m in length. In it are stalactites, stalagmites and large domes, more than 50 metres high and the path leads to an inner lake.
I've been to only one cave thus far, in Somerset, England. I'd love to explore Calaveras Cave in Spain too!
Thanks to Johan for wishing me a glamorous New Year. I'm not sure about having the glamorous part (uneventful life!) but I sure am looking forward to a New Year filled with peace, prosperity and happiness! :)
Schwäbisch Hall is a town with 37,000 inhabitants, medieval buildings, winding laneways, and has one of Germany's most beautiful market squares. It is renowned for its outdoor summer theater performances on the open-air staircase at St. Michael's and at the Globe Theater. I would enjoy those type of performances!
Hedgehogs are believed to have a hard-working nature, with a "no-nonsense" attitude. Well, looking at the card, that cute little hedgehog is presumably hard working, studying hard to be an ace student, soon to win many awards in its education :)