Rosh Hanikra is located at the northern edge of Israel’s Mediterranean coastline. A cable car provides visitors with breathtaking views en route to the grottos and the beach is one of Israel’s most beautiful beaches.
Jaffa is a key city in the eastern Mediterranean Basin and the western entryway into the Land of Israel. Monasteries, churches and mosques co-exist peacefully along the city’s streets and the flea market is always full of good cheer.
Timna Park is located approximately 25 kms north of Eilat. The park provides a geological window of landscape formations sculpted by the forces of Nature. Timna Park offers a new bicycle trail, hiking trails, visits to historical sites and various educational activities.
The Qin slips from Liye are official archives of the government of Qianling County in Dongting Prefecture, ruled by the Qin Dynasty (221 - 206 BC). In June 2002, some 37,000 slips were unearthed from the ruins of Liye Ancient Town in Longshan County, Xiangxi Tujia and Miao Autonomous Prefecture, Hunan Province. All bearing characters written by writing brushes, they are mostly government decrees and documents, covering many aspects from household registration to land reclamation and agricultural taxation. A 23cm x 4.5cm wooden slip was found to carry the multiplication table as well as characters on both sides. The slip inscription on the Qin Calendar is an offical letter from the government of Yangling County to Dongting Prefecture.
Basilica of Our Lady of Sorrows in Šaštín Date of Issue : 14 September 2012
A wooden statue of Pieta was the gift donated by countess Czobor in 1564 and this statue became an object of folk worship. The Pauline order was asked to take care of the modest chapel with the statue and later they built a monumental cathedral in the Late Baroque style and adjoining monastery with the support of noble donors.
The tradition of the pilgrimage lasted even after the cancellation of the Pauline order in 1786. The importance of Šaštín as a pilgrim site was enhanced when the Virgin Mary of Seven Grievances was proclaimed the Patron of Slovakia by decree of the Holy See on 22nd April 1927. Besides the ecclesiastic, religious and cultural importance of Šaštín as a pilgrim site, the monastery and monumental cathedral is also a complex with historical monuments that belong to the most valuable masterpieces of the Late Baroque architecture and art with Central European significance.
The lighthouse is on the higher western bank of Käsmu Bay (earlier Kasperwieck). The Käsmu Lighthouse, built on the initiative of local ship owners and the maritime school, began working in 1892. It was a building more like a wooden house six meters high with the walls painted white. The height of the light was 8.2 meters and its visibility six miles. The Käsmu Lighthouse will be 120 years old in 2012.
Date of Issue : 6 September 2012 S$0.50 : Kai Kai S$0.65 : Jia Jia S$2.00 : Kai Kai and Jia Jia
To mark the twentieth anniversary of Singapore's diplomatic relations between Singapore and China in 2010, a pair of giant pandas Kai Kai and Jia Jia, would be in Singapore for the next 10 years.
The 2 giant pandas are from the Ya'an Bifengxia Panda Base, Szechuan province. Kai Kai was born on 14 September 2007, while Jia Jia was born on 3 September 2008. The giant pandas would be staying in their habitat situated at the Yangtze River zone of River Safari.
3-1 : Harvest Dance
3-2 : Hymn of Prosperity
3-3 : Ode to Harmony
3 September 2012 marked the 60th anniversary of Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture, Jilin Province. It is the only autonomous prefecture for the Korean ethnic group and the largest Korean-populated area in China.
Highest and Lowest Places on Earth - Israel Nepal Joint Issue
Date of Issue : 4 September 2012
Israel and Nepal established full diplomatic relations in 1960. Nepal was among the first Asian countries to establish relations with Israel.
Nepal is located in the Himalaya Mountains and includes Mt. Everest – the earth’s highest mountain, and Israel is home to the lowest place on earth – the Dead Sea.
The Dead Sea, 422 meters below sea level, the Lowest Place on Earth. It is a salt lake located in eastern Israel. The Kingdom of Jordan lies on its eastern border.
Mt. Everest, 8,848 meters above sea level, the Highest Place on Earth. It is located in the eastern portion of the Himalaya Mountains, on the border between Nepal and China. Most of the mountain lies in China, while the southern portion is located within the borders of the Sagarmatha National Park in Nepal.
Baozhong tea : A lightly fermented tea, the tealeaves have a cord-like shape. The tea liquid is honey-gold in color with a pleasant aroma, and a smooth, refreshing taste. It is grown primarily in Pinglin, Shiding in New Taipei City and Wenshan, Nangang in Taipei City. The backdrop of the stamp is set against the Pinglin Tea Museum.
Tieguanyin tea : A partially fermented tea, Tieguanyin is more oxidized than Oolongs. The tealeaves are rolled into miniature balls, and the tea liquid is amber in color, with a slightly acidic and fruity zest; it is mellow, sweet and smooth to the taste. Tieguanyin is produced primarily in Muzha in Taipei City. The Maokong Gondola is the backdrop of the design.
Black tea : A fully fermented variety, the tealeaves come in tiny strips and crushed shreds. The tea liquid is a beautiful reddish brown with a light caramel aroma and rich flavor. Black teas are grown mostly in Yuchi in Nantou County and Ruisui in Hualian. The stamp is set against the Sun Moon Lake wharf.
Oolong tea : A partially fermented tea, Oolongs are unique for their semi-ball shaped or ball shaped leaves. The tea liquid is bright golden-yellow with strong fragrance. Nantou and Jiayi Counties are the primary Oolong-growing regions. The famed Alishan Forest Train is the backdrop of this stamp.
Oriental Beauty tea : Synonymous with White Tip Oolong, this variety is heavily fermented. The leaves are attached to the twigs, with five colors interspersed across to form a flower-shaped pattern. The liquid is reddish orange that smacks of nectar or ripe fruit, with a rich and smooth aroma. The tea is grown in Emei, Beipu in Xinzhu County, Toufen in Miali County, Pinglin and Shiding in New Taipei City. The stamp features the suspension bridge astride Emei Lake in the backdrop.
The stamp features green sprouts and the Congress emblem.
The "World Conservation Congress", would be held during 10 days from September 6th to 15th, 2012 on Jeju Island.
The World Conservation Congress is an environmental meeting sponsored by IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) every four years. This round of Congress to be held on Jeju Island, participated by 10,000 people from 1,200 organizations from 180 or so countries, will conduct various discussions on environmental conservation in the contemporary era.
A very nice map postcard showing the entire Caribbean island of Saint Martin. St. Maarten is a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. It encompasses the southern half of the Caribbean island of Saint Martin, while the northern half of the island constitutes the French overseas collectivity of Saint-Martin.
Estonia Estonian Mushrooms - European Destroying Angel
Date of Issue : 30 August 2012
The stamp shows the deadly Amanita virosa, commonly known as the European destroying angel. After eating a meal of the destroying angel the latent period is rather long, with the first symptoms, diarrhoea, nausea and stomach pains, occurring within five to twelve hours but they will then fade away for several hours and even days to return with vengeance, but by that time kidney and liver damage is well underway. The death angel often grows in Estonian spruce groves and groves mixed with spruce. It is totally white, with a pure white cap, initially egg-shaped and later convex or flat. The gills are white and the stem has a fragile ring on the stipe. The death angel is often mixed up with the common white mushroom, but one of their main differences is that its stipe has a ring and a volva, which the white mushroom does not have.
125th Birthday of Friedrich Zander Date of Issue : 23 August 2012
The stamp depicting a portrait of the inventor, while the envelope features planets, stars, and a rocket.
Friedrich Zander made an invaluable contribution to astronautics research. As early as in the beginning of the 20th century, Zander began implementing his ideas about spaceflight and designing rockets. He acquired his education at the Riga Polytechnic Institute, and was the head of the Aircraft Association of Riga students. The lunar impact crater Tsander is named after him, as are streets in his native Riga and in Moscow.
Zander was born on 23 August 1887 in Riga and died on 28 March 1933 in Kislovodsk (USSR).
4-1 : Jade Bixie Warding off Evil 4-2 : Jade with Characters "Chang Le" and Grain Patterns 4-3 : Jade Wine Cup with Two Ears on a Golden Silver 4-4 : Jade Elephant with Two Cleaning Kids on its Back
Hetian Jade comes from Hetian in the Kunlun Mountains in Xinjiang. It is divided mainly into five categories according to color: yellow, white, blue green and dark green. First used in the late Neolithic Period, Hetian Jade entered the central plains during the Yin and Shang dynasties (1600 BC - 1046 BC) and gradually became the main source of jade for later dynasties.
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