After not receiving ANY mail at all for the past few weeks, this week has seen two deliveries of long overdue cards. I’m not sure why the mail has been so slow or where the problem lies but I suspect it has something to do with a worse-than-usual monsoon season with daily bouts of extremely heavy rain. I will make an extra effort to blog about the recently-arrived as well as the backlog over the coming week or so (time permitting, of course!).
I’d almost given up on this card from Heshan City in China which had less than 1500 miles to travel. Oddly enough, this isn’t unusual for mail from China to Phuket in recent years, even when the weather is good. I did have a card from Yantai arrive in “just” 19 days back in 2013 but most have taken between 50 and 60 days.
The People’s Republic of China (Zhōnghuá Rénmín Gònghéguó — 中华人民共和国) is the world’s most populous country with a population over 1.381 billion and the second largest country by land area, covering approximately 3.7 million square miles (9.6 million square kilometers). The nation is governed by the Communist Party of China based in the capital of Beijing, exercising jurisdiction over 22 provinces, five autonomous regions, four direct-controlled municipalities (Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, and Chongqing), two mostly self-governing special administrative regions (Hong Kong and Macau), and claims sovereignty over Taiwan.
China’s landscape is vast and diverse, ranging from forest steppes and the Gobi and Taklamakan Deserts in the arid north to subtropical forests in the wetter south. The Himalaya, Karakoram, Pamir and Tian Shan mountain ranges separate China from much of South and Central Asia. The Yangtze and Yellow Rivers, the third and sixth longest in the world, respectively, run from the Tibetan Plateau to the densely populated eastern seaboard. China’s coastline along the Pacific Ocean is 9,000 miles (14,500 kilometers) long, and is bounded by the Bohai, Yellow, East China, and South China seas.
China is one of the cradles of civilization, with its known history beginning with an ancient civilization — one of the world’s earliest — that flourished in the fertile basin of the Yellow River in the North China Plain. For millennia, China’s political system was based on hereditary monarchies known as dynasties. Since 221 BC, when the Qin Dynasty first conquered several states to form a Chinese empire, the country has expanded, fractured and reformed numerous times. The Republic of China (ROC) replaced the last dynasty in 1912, and ruled the Chinese mainland until 1949, when it was defeated by the Communist Party of China in the Chinese Civil War. The Communist Party established the People’s Republic of China in Beijing on October 1, 1949, while the ROC government relocated to Taiwan with its present de facto temporary capital in Taipei. Both the ROC and PRC continue to claim to be the legitimate government of all China.
Heshan (鹤山) is a county-level city of Jiangmen City in the southern part of Guangdong Province with a total land area of 428 square miles (1,108 square kilometers) and had a population of 492,814 in 2010. Situated about 37 miles (60 kilometers) south west of the provincial capital, Guangzhou, Heshan occupies a strategic location on the Pearl River Delta, commanding the northern gateway to Jiangmen’s five prefectures. Along the opposite bank of the same river, lie the two municipalities of Nanhai and Shunde. Heshan is around one hour from Hong Kong and Macau by road. Ships ply from here to Hong Kong directly. the city is located at the center of one of China’s largest furniture producing areas, with approximately 10% of the worlds furniture produced on its outskirts.
Thank you, Gario Win, for a nice trade of Greetings From cards, via the Postcrossing group on Facebook.