Jun 9, 2008

The Summer Palace Souvenir Sheet FDC from CHINA

FDC Name:The Summer Palace.
Issue date:10 May 2008.
Details:Face value of the Souvenir Sheet 6 Yuan.Tower of the Fragrance of the Buddha (Foxiang Ge)The Tower of the Fragrance of the Buddha,originally built during the reign of Emperor Qianlong and burned down by the Anglo-French Allied Forces in 1860, it was rebuilt in its original style during Emperor Guangxu's reign (1875-1908). The octahedral tower has three stories with four-layered eaves, altogether 36.44 meters high. Standing upright on a 20 meter-high stone foundation, it constitutes the center of the Summer Palace landscape and serves to accentuate its magnificence. A statue of the thousand-handed Guanshiyin Buddha, cast in bronze and gilded with gold, stands inside the tower. The statue, five meters high and five tons in weight, was cast during the reign of Emperor Wanli of the Ming Dynasty. Set off by the eight imposing pillars which support the tower, it glows with beauty, grandeur and brilliance. Its historical, cultural and artistic value can hardly be overstated.

Remark:It is a surprised that 4 FDC with this one was posted by my friend from China by registered post, where as long back I have received 3 nos & this one received today.A strange handling by India post.As usual handling of India post is very bad this FDC was slightly damaged as it is bigger in size.

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