Saturday, 14 September 2019

China Bullet Train Meet-up Series

In June a special series of Postcrossing Meet-ups was held in China, the China Bullet Train Meet-up Series. In eight cities Postcrossers came together at the high speed railway stations to meet each other and to send many postcards. Luckily I was able to get a postcard from every meet-up.

Plans for China's high-speed railway network first arose in the early 1990s, but just in the last 15 years the network developed rapidly with substantial funding from the Chinese government. At first the trains were imported or built with the help of companies from Canada, France, Germany or Japan, but nowadays indigenous trains are built, which are designed for speeds of 250-350 km/h. Today the Chinese network is the longest high speed railway network in the World. Although the high-speed trains now already reach the most of the important cities and provincial-level administrative divisions, the building boom continues. It is set to reach 38,000 km in 2025 from 29,000 km at the end of 2018. Which is no wonder, as the network is also the most extensively used in the World. A broad range of travelers of different income levels choose the high-speed trains due to their comfort, convenience, safety and punctuality, which has greatly reduced travel time and has transformed Chinese society and economy. 

The first card arrived on 12th June and came from Shanghai, where the meet-up was held on 1st June.


Stamps:
Slender West Lake (from set of three) (issued 18-04-2015)
Yangtze River Economic Belt (from set of six) (issued 26-08-2018)


The next card came already one day later. This time it was from Hong Kong, where the meet-up was held on 9th June. It should be noted that on 9th June also the largest protest ever held in Hong Kong took place to oppose the introduction of the Fugitive Offenders amendment bill proposed by the Hong Kong government and that the protests still continue until today.


Stamp:
Characters in Jin Yong's Novels (from set of six) (issued 06-12-2018)


The third card to arrive was from Hangzhou and came on 19th June. The meet-up there was held on 2nd June.


With a matching stamp:
Achievements of China's High Speed Railway Development (from set of four) (issued 25-11-2017)
Special-use Stamp for Greeting Cards (two from set of four) (issued 08-08-2013)


The meet-up in Wuhan was also held on 1st June, but the card arrived here just on 27th June.


After one stamp got lost these two remained:
90 years Chinese People's Liberation Army (from set of six) (issued 01-08-2017)
Special-use Stamp for Greeting Cards (from set of four) (issued 08-08-2013)


The card from Qingdao, where the meet-up was also held on 1st June, really suffered during its journey, but just arrived one day after the one from Wuhan.


Three matching stamps were used, but just one arrived:
Achievements of China's High Speed Railway Development (from set of four) (issued 25-11-2017)


The swap for the card from Beijing I arranged later than the others, so the card just arrived on 6th July. The meet-up in Beijing was also held on 1st June.


Stamps:
Children's Sports and Games (from set of six) (issued 31-05-2017)
Phoenix in Art (from set of six) (issued 29-07-2017)


The meet-up in Dongguan on 30th June was the last to be held, so the card just arrived on the 20th July.


Stamps:
Achievements of China's High Speed Railway Development (from set of four) (issued 25-11-2017)
Fruits (from set of four) (issued 14-07-2018)
Special-use Stamp for Greeting Cards (from set of four) (issued 08-08-2013)


The card from Shenyang was the most difficult to arrange for me and the card just arrived on 24th August, over two months after the first card arrived. The meet-up there was held on 6th June.


Stamp:
22nd Congress of the Universal Postal Union (from set of two) (issued 23-08-1999)


Big Thank You to everyone who helped me to collect these cards! ^___^

Vietnam: Ho Chi Minh City Post Office

On 24th August I got a postcard from Vietnam.

It shows the Ho Chi Minh City Post Office. The Ho Chi Minh City Post Office was constructed between 1886 and 1891 when Vietnam was part of French Indochina and is today not only a working post office but also a tourist attraction.


With a nice stamp:
Birth Centenary of Nelson Mandela (issued 05-12-2018)
Silk Paintings (from set of four) (issued 01-04-2019)


Thank You very much Jobbo!

Austria: Civilian City's Amphitheatre of Carnuntum

On 21st August I got three postcards: two from Austria and one from Germany.

One of the cards from Austria shows the Civilian City's Amphitheatre of Carnuntum. The Civilian City's Amphitheatre was the larger but younger of the two amphiteatres in Carnuntum. It was erected at the end of the 2nd century and could seat 13000 visitors. Today it is used as venue for a theatre festival. The Archaeological Park of Carnuntum got the European Heritage Label in 2013 and also seeks for the inclusion on the UNESCO World Heritage List.


Stamp:
Personalised Stamp
with a special postmark from the philatelic shop in Graz


Thank You very much Anita!

Austria: Villa Urbana in Carnuntum

On 21st August I got three postcards: two from Austria and one from Germany.

One of the cards from Austria shows the Villa Urbana in Carnuntum. The Villa Urbana was a splendid town house that once belonged to a rich inhabitant of Carnuntum. It was reconstructed in 2008 and shows how the elite tried to copy the standard of living of the imperial capital Rome even in the remotest part of the Roman Empire. A special feature of the Villa Urbana was an elaborate mural painting. The Archaeological Park of Carnuntum got the European Heritage Label in 2013 and also seeks for the inclusion on the UNESCO World Heritage List.


Stamps:
Austrian Heraldy (from set of fourteen) (issued 01-07-2018)
Klaus Maria Brandauer (issued 20-09-2018)
with a special postmark from the philatelic shop in Graz


Thank You very much Anita!

Germany: Büsum

On 21st August I got three postcards: one from Germany and two from Austria.

The card from Germany shows various views of Büsum. Büsum is located on the North Sea coast in Dithmarschen. In 1837 Büsum became a North Sea resort and today it is the third most important tourist centre on Schleswig-Holstein's North Sea coast. Büsum is also known as fishing town, whose crabs are widely known.
My grandparents sent this card to me on their recent holiday in Büsum.


Stamp:
Cornflower (issued 01-07-2019)


My grandparents also bought another card for me, which shows the Wadden Sea.


Sunday, 8 September 2019

USA: Buzz Aldrin on the Moon

On 20th August I got two postcards: one from the USA and one from Germany.

The card from the USA shows Buzz Aldrin on the Moon.


With great matching stamps:
American Toleware (issued 22-08-2008)
50 years Moon Landing (whole set) (issued 19-07-2019)
The stamps have a shiny silver effect, because they were printed on chrome paper.


Thank You very much Sandra!

Germany: Bremen Meet-up

On 20th August I got two postcards: one from Germany and one from the USA.

The card from Germany is the official card of the recent Postcrossing Meet-up in Bremen.


The card was signed during the meet-up.
Stamp:
Lindau Messenger (issued 07-08-2014)


Thank You very much Christine!

cover from Malta

On 17th August I got a cover from Malta.

Stamp:
EUROPA (from set of two) (issued 09-05-2019)


Thank You very much William!

France: Forges-les-Eaux

On 16th August I got a postcard from France.

It shows Forges-les-Eaux. Forges-les-Eaux is a commune in the Seine-Maritime department in the Normandy region in northern France. After Louis XIII, Anne of Austria and Cardinal Richelieu stayed there in 1632 to take the waters, the town turned into a popular spa town. 


Stamp:
Twinning of Dinan and Dinant (issued 18-02-2019)
with a special postmark from the philatelic shop in Forges-les-Eaux


Thank You very much William!

cover from Germany

On 15th August I got a cover from Germany.

Stamp:
Centenary of the Weimar Constitution (issued 01-08-2019)
with a special postmark showing the German National Theatre in Weimar


cover from the USA

On 14th August I got a cover from the USA.

With nice stamps:
150th anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad (whole set) (issued 10-05-2019)
Gold Foil is applied to the stamps.
with First Day Special Postmark


Thank You very much Yue!

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Radimlja

On 13th August I got a postcard from Bosnia and Herzegovina.

It shows Radimlja. Radimlja is a necropolis with many monumental medieval tombstones known as Stećci. It is one of the most valuable medieval monuments in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Since 2016 is Radimlja as one of 28 Stećci Medieval Tombstones Graveyards in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro and Serbia on the UNESCO World Heritage List.


Stamp:
label


Thank You very much Nihad for sending and Marcel for arranging this card!

Singapore: Great Air Race

On 12th August I got a postcard from Singapore.

It shows a scene of the 1919 England to Australia flight, also known as Great Air Race. In 1919 the Australian government offered a prize of £A10,000 for the first Australians in a British aircraft to fly from Great Britain to Australia within 30 days. Six teams took part in the race, but the winners were pilot Ross Smith, his brother Keith Smith and mechanics James Bennett and Wally Shiers. Reporting points during the journey were Alexandria and Singapore. 


The card was signed by the designer of the stamp.
With a matching stamp:
Centenary of the first Airmail in Singapore (from set of two) (issued 31-07-2019)
with a special postmark from the Singpex Stamp Exhibition



Thank You very much Sriraam!

Australia: Parkes Observatory

On 9th August I got two postcards from Australia.

One of them shows the Parkes Observatory. The Parkes Observatory is a radio telescope observatory completed in 1961. It is one of the most important observatories in Australia and has the second largest telescop in the Southern Hemisphere. In 1969 it was one of several radio antennae used to receive live television images of the first Moon Landing.

The card is a maxicard. The stamp is from a set of four and was issued on 16th July 2019 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first Moon Landing.


The card is prepaid.


Thank You very much Evelyn!

Australia: Honeysuckle Creek Tracking Station

On 9th August I got two postcards from Australia.

One of them shows Australia's former Prime Minister John Gorton at the Honeysuckle Creek Tracking Station. The Honeysuckle Creek Tracking Station was a NASA Earth station near Canberra, which was instrumental to the Apollo Program. It was opened in 1967 and closed in 1981. In 1969 the first steps on the Moon were transmitted from Honeysuckle Creek.

The card is a maxicard. The stamp is from a set of four and was issued on 16th July 2019 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first Moon Landing.


The card is prepaid.


Thank You very much Evelyn!

Austria: Übelbacherbahn

On 7th August I got two postcards: one from Austria and one from Germany.

The card from Austria shows the Übelbacherbahn. The Übelbacherbahn is a standard gauge S-Train connecting Peggau and Übelbach in the Austrian State of Styria. It was opened in 1919.


With a matching stamp:
Austrian Heraldy (from set of fourteen) (issued 01-07-2018)
Personalised Stamp "Übelbacherbahn"
with a special postmark about the centenary of the Übelbacherbahn


Thank You very much Anita!

Germany: Oberhausen

On 7th August I got two postcards: one from Germany and one from Austria.

The card from Germany shows various views of Oberhausen. Oberhausen is a big city in the western part of the Ruhr Area in the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia. In 1758 the first ironworks of the Ruhr Area were founded in Oberhausen and thus the city is known as Cradle of the Ruhr Industry. Today the economy of the city is mainly based on shopping and recreational facilities.


Stamp:
Emoji (issued 04-04-2019)


Thank You very much Marcel!

covers from Germany

On 6th August I got four covers from Germany.

Stamp:
Moon Rocks (issued 01-07-2019)
with a special postmark showing the Lunar Module Eagle


Stamp:
Moon Rocks (issued 01-07-2019)
with a special postmark showing a Footprint on the Moon


Stamps:
Winter Aconite (issued 08-06-2017)
The Frog King (from set of three) (issued 01-02-2018)
with a special postmark showing Dorothea Viehmann


The last cover is prepaid and was printed for the 175th anniversary of the Berlin Zoo.