Joshua is now studying in Singapore, while Lulu is working in Inner Mongolia, China, which is where this card was actually sent from despite its Singapore postcrossing number. The card depicts a jadeite chime stone in the shape of an elephant (Qing Dynasty). This chime stone is in the Forbidden City Museum in Beijing.
Inner Mongolia is an autonomous region of the People’s Republic of China, located in the northern region of the country. Inner Mongolia shares an international border with the countries of Mongolia and the Russian Federation. Its capital is Hohhot and the largest city is Baotou.
This was my first card ostensibly from the Republic of Singapore. It’s difficult to know whether to count this as coming from Singapore or Inner Mongolia. In the end I chose the former since that is where the postcrossers are based and the postcrossing number is.
The Baiji (Lipotes vexillifer, Lipotes meaning “left behind”, vexillifer “flag bearer”) is a freshwater dolphin found only in the Yangtze River in China. In China it is nicknamed “Goddess of the Yangtze”. The Baiji population declined drastically as China industrialized and made heavy use of the river for fishing, transportation, and hydroelectricity. Efforts were made to conserve the species, but a late 2006 expedition failed to find any Baiji in the river. Organizers declared the Baiji “functionally extinct”, which would make it the first aquatic mammal species to become extinct since the demise of the Japanese Sea Lion and the Caribbean Monk Seal in the 1950s. It would also be the first recorded extinction of a well-studied cetacean species (it is unclear if some previously extinct varieties were species or subspecies) to be directly attributable to human influence.
This card arrived on 5th May, travelled (had it come from Singapore) 6,834 miles and took 31 days.
Total so far – 190,954 miles; 18 countries (including 8 US States).