30 November 2009

Beijing 7 - Summer Palace

頤和園 Summer Palace

慈禧太后画像 Portrait of Empress Dowanger Cixi

The imperial concubine of Qing Emperor Xianfeng, was born
as one of the Manchu clan of Yehenala. In 1852, the second year
of Emperor Xianfeng's reign, she was selected as a Beauty of the
Yehenala clan, and then was appointed as the Honorable Lady Lan.

29 November 2009

Beijing 6 - Summer Palace

頤和園 Summer Palace
仁寿殿 Hall of Benevolence and Longevity

The Hall of Benevolence and Longevity was the most important hall for political
activities in the garden. Empress Dowager Cixi and Emperor Guangxu handled
state affairs and received foreign envoys here.

佛香閣 Tower of Buddhist Incense

The religious pagoda-style tower was first constructed in
1750, the 15th year of Emperor Qianlong's reign, but destroyed
by fire by Anglo-French troops. It was rebuilt in 1891.

28 November 2009

Beijing 5 - Summer Palace

頤和園 Summer Palace
知春亭 Heralding-Spring Pavilion

The pavilion is located on an isle on the eastern shore of Kunming Lake.
When the ice begins to thaw in earlz spring, willows around the pavilion
turn tender green, hence the name of the pavilion.

長廊 Long Corridor

The Long Corridor twists and turns its way. It is a colorful
gallerz. On the beams and crossbeams, there are traditional
Chinese paintings. Most of the human figures some from
Chinese literary classics such as "A Dream of the Red Mansions",
"Journey to the West", "Romance of the Three Kingdom",
and so on.

南湖島 South Lake Island

The South Lake Island, largest of its kind on the Kunming Lake, is linked
with the East Dike by 17-Arch Bridge. Surrounded by water on four sides
and with a wide field of vision, it is the best place to enjoy the charming
scenery of the Summer Palace in the Kunming Lake. 

27 November 2009

Beijing 4 - Summer Palace

頤和園 Summer Palace
鳥瞰后山 Serene Scenes of Rear Hill Slopes

On the axis line of the rear slopes of Longevity Hill is a group of
magnificent Buddhist buildings, a replica of the Samyai Monastery
in Tibet featuring both Tibetan and Han architectural styles.

宝雲閣 Pavilion of Precious Clouds

Also known as the Bronze Pavilion, the Pavilion of Precious Clouds
is 7.55 meters high and weighs 207 tons, with exquisite decorative
patterns on its walls. Sitting on a white marble base, the pavilion
looks extremely solemn. Lamas used to chant scriptures and pray
for emperor and empress here.

26 November 2009

Beijing 3 - Summer Palace

頤和園 Summer Palace
東宮門 Eastern Palace Gate

As the front entrance to the Summer Palace, it is
composed of three gateways, and the middle one,
also called Imperial Gateway, was reserved for
emperor and empress.

25 November 2009

Beijing 2



24 November 2009

Beijing 1


22 November 2009

Ulaanbaatar - postcard set - 2


Modern Ulaanbaatar, the capital city of Mongolia.

The Sukhbaatar Square with Chinggis Khaan sitting on his
throne in the center of the House of Parliament.

Gandan Monastery is a Tibetan-style monastery in the Mongolian
capital of Ulaanbaatar that was restored in 1990. The Tibetan
name translates to the "Great Place of Complete Joy."
It features a 25-meter-high statue of Migjid Janraisig, a Buddhist
bodhisattva also known as Avalokitesvara.
The monastery was established in 1835 by the Fifth Jebtsundamba,
then Mongolia's highest reincarnated lama. It became the principal
center of Buddhist learning in Mongolia.
The towering 25 meter high peace Buddha statue is one of
the main attractions of the Gandan Monastery.
A young monk of the Gandan Monastery. It currently has over 150 monks
in residence.

A full moon over the Choijin Lama museum. The monastery was built in the
early 20th century and is now a museum.

This Statue is located in the north garden of the Government Building
and its four sides show four different time periods of the State Seal.

The Chinggis khan statue complex is located 54 km
from Ulaanbaatar among beautiful natural scenery on the
bank of the River Tuul, in the place called "Tsonjin Boldog",
a memorial place connected with historic events.
The statue in total is 40m high from the ground and is on
a 10m high foundation, which is surrounded by columns.
Chinggis Khaan holds a golden whip in his right hand.

Performing "Atga Noj", a play about Chinggis Khaan's life.

The National Ballet at The Opera and Dance Academic Theater.

A modern Mongolian rock opera called "Chinggis Khaan".

Night time in Ulaanbaatar.

21 November 2009

Ulaanbaatar - postcard set - 1

The capital city of Mongolia
Collection of 12 postcards



Ulaanbaatar is the capital and largest city of Mongolia. The city is an independent municipality not part of any province, and its population as of 2008 is just over 1 million. Located in the north central part of the country, the city lies at an elevation of about 1,310 meters (4,300 ft) in a valley on the Tuul River, a sub tributary of the Selenge, in a valley at the foot of the nountain Bogd Khan Uul. It is the cultural, industrial, and financial heart of the country. The city was founded in 1639 initially as a nomandic Buddhist monastic center. Since 1778, it has been located in the Tuul river vallesy. In the 20th century, Ulaanbaatar has had numerous names in its history. When the city became the capital of the new Mongolian People's Republic in 1924, its name was changed to Ulaanbaatar. Due to its high elevation, relatively high latitude, and location hundreds of kilometers from any coast, Ulaanbaatar is the coldest national capital in the world, with a monsoon-influenced sub-arctic climate with brief, warm summers and long, very cold and dry winters. Precipitation is heavily concentrated in the warmer months. It has an average annual temperature of -1.3 °C (29.7 °F).

20 November 2009

Mongolia 5

Greetings from Mongolia

In summer the nomands like to live near each other in order to have social
gatherings and to be able to support each other.

19 November 2009

Mongolia 4



Win the public Naadam / National festival of Mongolia /
under the State Emblem

18 November 2009

Mongolia 3


Designed by Ch. Bayarmaa

17 November 2009

Mongolia 2


Bazanyurkh mountain, Kharkhorin, Uvurkhangai province

16 November 2009

Mongolia 1

... the Heart Land of Asia ...

MONGOLIA ... the Heart Land of Asia ...

Like a traditional long song melody came to life, horses graze in a
beautiful lake between the blue sky and a green valley.
/ Tuvshinshiree village, Sukhbaatar province /

"オルティーンドー" (長唄) が生まれたといわれている。
/ スフバータル県、トゥブシンシレー郡 /

13 November 2009

Baikal - Postcard set

Baikal /Байкал
Lake Baikal. Sagan-Zaba Rock

Lake Baikal. Saranka

Lake Baikal. Burkhan Cape

Lake Baikal. Burkhan Cape

Lake Baikal. Small Belltower Cape

Lake Baikal. The Butterfly

Lake Baikal. The Angara's source

Lake Baikal. Winter

Baikal is a unique phenomenon of our planet. There is no other lake of such age, depth, volume, properties of fresh water, and variety of organic life. Baikal is known by its fascinaing nature that cannot leave one indifferent. This marvellous lake is often called 'Pearl of Siberia'.

Baikal is one of the most ancient lakes on the Earth. According to the viewpoint of some scientists Baikal's age is about 25 - 30 million years.
Baikal is situated on the south of Earstern Siberia. Its extent is 636 km, and its width varies from 27 to 80 km in different parts of the lake. The length of the coastal line is 2000 km. It is also the world's deepest lake: 1637 metres to the bottom near the eastern shore of Olkhon Island.

The Baikal coast is cut up by numerous capes. There are some gulfs located within the limits of capes. The biggest gulfs of Baikal are Barguzinsky, Chivyrkuysky and Proval. Baikal takes the eighth place in the world among lakes in area extent (31500 sq.km). Baikal is the largest basin of fresh water on the planet.

Baikal is surrounded by mountains. There are mountain chains of Primorsky and Baikalsky situated along the western and north-west coast of Baikal, and Khamar-Daban, Ulan-burgasy, Barguzin, Verkhne-Angarsk and Delyun-Uransky along south-east and east.

'Pearl of Siberia' keeps many secrets and a lot of mysterious, unexplored and interesting things. Each time people discover something new trying to penetrate into the world of the lake. Baikal is an invaluable gift of nature which needs to be used reasonably and preserved in every way.

11 November 2009

St. Petersburg 4

Saint Petersburg

St Petersburg. View of the Palace Bridge

10 November 2009

St. Petersburg 3

Saint Petersburg

State RUssian Museum (Mikhailovsky Palace).
1819-1825, architect Carlo Rossi

09 November 2009

St. Petersburg 2

St. Petersburg / Санкт-Петербург
Panoramic view of the Neva and Vasilievsky island

08 November 2009

St. Petersburg 1

St Petersburg / Санкт-Петербург
Санкт-Петербург. Река Нева
St Petersburg. The River Neva

06 November 2009

The last emperor of Russia

The last emperor of Russia
Nicholas II with his family and Grigory Rasputin

The last emperor of Russia Nicholas II with his family
and Grigory Rasputin
Nicholas II and Alexandra Feodorovna got married
on November 14, 1894, had 5 children:
Olga (1895-1918), Tatiana (1897-1918), Maria
(1899-1918), Anastasia (1901-1918), Aleksey

05 November 2009

Moscow 5

Московский государственный университет

04 November 2009

Moscow 4


1. The Cathedral of Christ the Saviour
2. The St. Basil's Cathedral of night
3. The Kremlin at night
4. The Bolshoi Theatre
5. The chapel of our Lady's icon of Iberia near the Voskresenskiye gate
6. Moscow State University
7. The Arch of Triumph and Poklonny Hill

03 November 2009

Moscow 3


Moscow. Red Square. Lenin Mausoleum.
Moskau. Roten Platz. Lenin-Mausoleum.
Moscou. La place Rouge. Mausolee Lenine.

02 November 2009

Moscow 2


Moscow. Panorama of V.V.C..
Moskau. Panorama des Russischen Ausstellungszentrum.
Moscou. Panorama du Centre des Expositions de Russie.

01 November 2009

Moscow 1


Moscow. The Cathedral of Christ the Saviour.
Moskau. Die Christi-Erlöser-Kathedrale.
Moscou. La Cathédrale du Christ-le-Sauveur.