Saturday, 29 May 2010

COVER AND POSTCARD FROM TAIWAN

My Taiwanese friend Hong-Yi sent me this cover with lighthouse stamps and a nice postcard. On April 21, 1989, Taiwan Post issued fifteen definitive lighthouse stamps and the stamps featured on the cover are: Oluan Pi Lighthouse (value 9.00) and Tungchu Tao Lighthouse (value 12.00).


The Chihou Lighthouse is one of the best known and most visited of all Taiwanese lighthouses and is located on the summit of Chihou Hill, at the north end of Cijin Island in Kaohsiung. The lighthouse was built by English technicians in 1883 during Ching Dynasty, after the port was opened to foreign trading. In 1916, the Japanese made an extensive renovation of the lighthouse as part of the expansion of Kaohsiung port. The lighthouse plays a crucial role in guiding ships since 1918 during night sailing. Chihou was one of the few major Taiwanese lighthouses to escape World War II undamaged. The 15 m (49 ft) octagonal cylindrical brick tower rises from a 1-story brick keeper's house. The light is still active and hosts a museum at the keeper's house.

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