Saturday, April 11, 2015

Plaits and Pillars

China CN-1227321 received 04-25-2014

Sent by: qingxin
From: China
ID number: CN-1227321
Notes: According to the sender, this photo was taken in 1890 (I'm assuming the color was added later).  There is a rather long caption on the back about hair braiding.  The Qing Dynasty came to power in 1644, and in 1645, an edict was issued that stated all men must shave the front of their hair and then braid the rest of it into a queue in the style worn by Manchu men.  Any man who did not comply would lose his head.  Yikes!  The men could go to shaving sheds, which I'm guessing were kind of like barber shops, or they could wait for a traveling shaver to visit them.  The last Qing emperor abdicated in 1912, putting an end to over 2,000 years of imperial rule in China.

China - Wulingyuan Scenery

Sent by: 96hsu
From: Shanghai, China
For: Send me a card from my album of favourites tag 2
Notes: Wulingyuan is a 64,000 acre (26,000 hectare) scenic and historic area in China's Hunan province.  It has more than 3,000 quartzite sandstone pillars, including the ones shown here, as well as ravines, waterfalls, over 40 caves and two natural bridges.  According to the caption, this is "Warrior training a horse".  I'm guessing the large pillar on the left is the warrior, because I kinda see the face.  I don't really see the horse though.  Wulingyuan has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1992.

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