Friday, November 2, 2012

Postcard from Lhasa, Tibet

Special thanks to Terence for this wonderful pre-stamped postcard from Lhasa, Tibet.  Lhasa is the administrative capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region.  The Potala Palace which stands on the Marpori Hill, is shown on this postcard.  The imposing Palace was the chief residence of the Dalai Lama until the 14th Dalai Lama fled to Dharamsala in India, during the 1959 Tibetan uprising.  It is now a museum.

The Potala Palace is again portrayed on the red circular cachet applied on the back of the postcard.  It also indicates that the Potala Palace is UNESCO World Heritage Site.  The second red cachet is a Tibetan greeting: tashi delek (བཀྲ་ཤིས་བདེ་ལེགས),  tashi meaning auspicious and delek meaning fine or well.

Terence completed his postage with a 4,50元 stamp about the 'Protection of biodiversity'.  Note that the word 'Lhasa' on the date stamp is both in Chinese, 拉萨, and in Tibetan, ལྷ་ས་.

Mailing date: 13 December 2011
Delivery date: 5 January 2012