Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Russia - UNESCO

This beautiful card came form Olya (ikkyo) through a private swap. It is one of the Russian World Heritage sites of nature - the Golden Mountains of Altai, Katunsky Reserve. UNESCO site says the following: "Katunsky Biosphere Reserve is located close to the borders with Kazakhstan and China. It encompasses a mosaic of 14 ecosystems, from mountain tundra to forest-steppe vegetation. Twelve plant species are included in the Red Book of the Russian Federation (1988), including fawn lily (Erythronium sibiricum), peony (Paeonia hybrida) and spleenwort (Asplenium exiguum). The snow leopard (Uncia uncia) occasionally enters the biosphere reserve."
When I was younger and lived in Russia, we always dreamed of going hiking in Altai. It supposed to have many interesting ancient sites, old burial places, very beautiful, breath-taking vistas and an ingenious people, called altaitsy. I don't know if I would ever be able to go there, but I am glad I have this postcard. :) Altai was called "Russian Shangri-La" because of the mysterious spirit and the natural beauty of the mountains and lakes.

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