Sunday, 10 February 2013

LIGHTHOUSE POSTCARD FROM TAIWAN

Eluanbi Light is a lighthouse located on the Cape Eluanbi, which is also the southernmost point of Taiwan, to the south of Hengchun in Pingtung County. The 21 m (69 ft.) round cast iron tower has a splendid panorama and is called "The Light of East Asia", because its intensity is the most powerful among Taiwan lighthouses. Built by the Chinese Imperial government in 1882, it suffered severe damages during the First Sino-Japanese War (1895) and during World War II damaged by Allies' bombing. Re-built, the lighthouse is now held as a historical monument admired by many tourists in the Kenting National Park. A visitor center is open to the public all year around at the 1-story keeper's house.

Taiwan Postal Administration issued on October 2, 1991 a set of thirteen definitive lighthouse stamps with the same design as the first light series released in 1989. The NT$ 12 stamp depicts Tungchu Tao Lighthouse located on the northeastern tip of the Dongyin Island, about 50 km (30 mi) from the Chinese mainland.

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