Sunday, November 4, 2012

Stork Tower and Golden Gate - Joint issue by China and Ukraine

On August 14, 2009,  Ukranian Post and China Post  have collaborated to  release a set of two stamps featuring   their  artistic architectural building as cultural country assets. The buildings are depicted on stamps have function for religious purposes. China Post present Stork Tower, placed in Shanxi Province, meanwhile Ukrainian Post present Golden Gate Building placed in Kyiv.

Stork Tower, Shanxi Province

An ancient stork tower named Guanquelou, which was destroyed during the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368). Completed  in 580 AD, the building was one of the four noted ancient towers in China. The other three towers were the Huanghelou (Yellow Crane Tower) of Hubei Province, Yueyanglou (Yueyang Tower) of Hunan Province and Tengwangge (Tengwang Pavilion) of Jiangxi Province.

Guanquelou used to attract the educated from different dynasties including the Tang poet Wang Zhihuan, who wrote the famous poem "On the Stork Tower".
Completion of the 73.9-meter-high tower along the bank of Yellow River and related scenic spots will cover 1.16 million hectares . Construction of tower started in December 1997 and finished in 2001.

Golden Gate, Kiev
The Golden Gates of Kiev  is a major landmark of the Ancient Kiev and historic gateway in the ancient city fortress, located in the capital of Ukraine. Currently it serves as a museum and can be found on the corner of Volodymyr street and Yaroslaviv Val Street (Yaroslavl's Moat)

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