Jul 13, 2010

China FDC on "Ruins of the Ancient Loulan"

First Day Cover
Sobrescrito de 1.º Dia


Ruins of the Ancient Loulan (樓蘭)

Date of Issue : 3 July 2010

2-1 : Buddhist Pagoda
2-2 : Three-Room House

The ruins of the ancient city of Loulan are located northwest to Lop Nur in Ruoqiang County, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. During the Han Dynasty (206B.C.-A.D.220), Loulan city, as the capital of Loulan Kingdom in the western region, occupied a strategic geographical location along the Silk Road stretching to the western regions, playing an important role in the Chinese history of international cultural exchange. In the following Wei and Jin dynasties, as well as the early Liang Period, the city witnessed great prosperity. After the mid-4th century, it declined. Despite more than 1000 years of weathering, today many historical sites and cultural relics can still be found on the locale, including houses, Buddhist temples, beacon towers, and tombs. the ruins were listed as an important cultural heritage under state protection in 1988.

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