Thursday, May 7, 2020

If this is Thursday it must be postcards, 450

Huangshan Guesthouse, Mt. Huangshan, China

The photograph on this unused postcard shows a guesthouse in the mountains in a sea of clouds.  Zhaohua Publishing House of Beijing, China distributed the card that was printed in Japan.  There is the alphanumeric code at the lower left corner of the reverse:  87CE-370.  No photographer is credited with the photo. 

This area of China is famous for its clouds, bizarre rocks, hot springs, winter snow, and strange looking pine trees.  The guesthouse is about 280 km or 173 miles from Hangzhou City.  The type of landscape shown in the picture is also a frequent subject in traditional Chinese paintings, photographs, and literature including poetry.  The area is also known for light effects, sunrises and something called “Buddha’s Light” that appears a couple of times per month.  The hot spring water is said to help prevent skin, joint and nerve illnesses. 

With more than 1.5 million visitors a year, Huangshan is a major tourist destination in China.  There more than 50 km or 31 miles of footpaths that provide access to scenic vista spots and hotels and guesthouses to accommodate overnight visitors.  As many or more than 60,000 stone steps have been carved into the mountain.  Although the exact date of the construction of the steps is not known they are said to be more than 1,500 years old. Porters bringing supplies to the hotels and guesthouses carry them around the mountain on foot using long poles balanced over their shoulders or backs.  Many visitors hike up the mountains, spend the night at one of the peaks, and descend the next day by a different route.  The China National Tourism Administration has classified the scenic area as AAAAA.

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