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  • 3rd Asian Beach Games Haiyang 2012...Asian Beach Games, organized by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), is one of the five major multi-sport events in Asia, along with Asian Games, Asian Winter Games, Asian Indoor & Martial Arts Games, and Asian Youth Games. The 3rd Asian Beach Games, scheduled from June 16 to 22, 2012, in Haiyang, Shandong Province, features 49 events in 13 sports, attracting nearly 10,000 athletes, referees, officials and journalists from all 45 members of the OCA. With the slogan "Share the Joy" and the vision "Sand and Sun, Passion and Fashion," it fully demonstrates the idea of "Happy Sports."

    China National Philatelic Corporation will issue a FDC and a commemorative cancellation respectively.
  • Furniture of the Ming and Qing Dynasties...The development of traditional Chinese furniture reached its zenith during the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties. Furniture in the Ming style combines simple, unvarnished design with precise, scientific framework, while the Qing furniture features exquisite carvings, diverse designs, and various decorative elements. Tables, made with excellent craftsmanship, compose an important part of the Ming and Qing furniture. Straight-end table for Chinese painting and calligraphy (pingtouhua'an) usually features a large rectangular surface wide enough to hold "treasures of the study" like the brush, the ink, the paper and the inkstone. Square table (fangzhuo), as its name suggests, is a framework with a square surface. Besides a diversity of designs, this type also varies in size – some large enough to seat eight adults and thus known as Great Baxianzhuo (literally "table for eight immortals") while smaller ones called Lesser Baxianzhuo.

    China National Philatelic Corporation will issue four FDCs, a souvenir sheet cover and a commemorative cancellation respectively.
  • Centenary of International Nurses Day...The year 2012 marks the centenary of International Nurses Day. Nurses refer to the skilled professionals in nursing. The profession of nursing was started by Florence Nightingale (1820-1910), a British nursing pioneer who established the first school of modern nursing. In honor of the significant contribution that Nightingale, reputed as the "Lady with the Lamp," made in nursing, her birthday, May 12, is celebrated worldwide as the International Nurses Day, aiming to advocate, inherit, and promote the pioneer's humanistic spirit of overcoming difficulties to help the sick and the wounded through dedication and sacrifice.

    China National Philatelic Corporation will issue a FDC and a commemorative cancellation respectively.
  • 110th Anniversary of Nanjing University...Nanjing University evolved from Sanjiang Normal School founded in 1902, and meanwhile merged with the Nanking University founded in 1888. For more than a century since its establishment, upholding the motto of "Sincerity with Aspiration, Perseverance with Integrity," Nanjing University has been dedicated to promoting national rejuvenation and the country's economic development and social progress. It has contributed significantly to producing talented professionals for the nation, developing science and technology, propelling cultural inheritance and innovation, enhancing cooperation and exchange between Chinese and foreign institutions of higher learning and scientific research, and promoting the steady, healthy, and integrated development of Chinese society. At present, Nanjing University is striving hard to build a globally top-rated university while making greater contributions to national rejuvenation and human progress.

    China National Philatelic Corporation will issue a FDC and a commemorative cancellation respectively.
  • 90th Anniversary of the Communist Youth ...The year 2012 marks the 90th anniversary of the Communist Youth League (CYL) of China. Since it was founded in May 1922, under the leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC), the organization has struggled for national independence and prosperity, as well as the liberation and well-being of people across the country. In response to the Party's call, CYL has led its members of all generations and Chinese youth of all ethnic groups in striving to stand at the forefront of the country's democratic revolution, reconstruction, and the ongoing economic reform. The CYL members have made significant achievements for the liberation and rejuvenation of the Chinese nation by contributing their youth, wisdom and efforts. History has proven that the CYL deserves the titles of a loyal assistant of the CPC, a dynamic force for building socialism with Chinese characteristics, and a school to train reserve forces for the cause of national rejuvenation.

    China National Philatelic Corporation will issue a FDC and a commemorative cancellation respectively.
  • Good Fortune, Wealth, Longevity and Happ...

    "Fu," the Chinese word for "good fortune" or "blessing," was coined to imply good luck and long life. According to the ancient Chinese classic Shangshu (Book of History), there are "Five Blessings," which refer to longevity, wealth, health, virtue, and the luck to die a natural death in old age.

    "Lu," the Chinese word for "wealth," originally meant the reward received. During the Shang and Zhou dynasties (some 3,000 years ago), people considered a promotion in official rank as "Fu," and regarded an award from the monarch as "Lu."

    "Shou," the Chinese word for "longevity," implies old age and prolonged life. Since it ranks first among the "Five Blessings," longevity is also considered good fortune.

    "Xi," the Chinese word for "happiness" or "joy," refers to delightful feelings or cheerful things. As early as thousands of years ago, the character already appeared in such classics as The Book of Songs and Rituals of Zhou.

    China National Philatelic Corporation will issue four FDCs and a commemorative cancellation respectively.

  • Waxwing and Peace Dove (Jointly Issued b...The waxwing (Bombycilla garrulous), a member of the family Bombycillidae within the order Passeriformes, features a short bill, a soft crest, long and pointed wings, and a red or yellow-tipped tail. There are only three species of the bird in the world, two of which are found in China, mainly in the southwestern, northeastern, northern, central southern, and eastern regions of Chinese mainland as well as Taiwan. Most of them live in coniferous forests and coniferous and broadleaf mixed forests. Doves constitute the bird family Columbidae within the order Columbiformes. The plumage is tight, mainly gray, white, red, yellow, black or with markings. The neck shows a metallic luster. The bird is of a mild and gentle nature, agile in action, and likes to live in groups or flocks. Both waxwing and dove are symbols of peace, friendship, and purity. This set of stamps is jointly issued by China and Israel.

    China National Philatelic Corporation will issue a FDC and a commemorative cancellation respectively.
  • Modern Chinese Musicians (I)...The development of Chinese music in the twentieth century saw many outstanding modern musicians.
    Xiao Youmei (1884-1940), a native of Guangdong Province, was a music educator and composer. In his early years, he went to study music in Japan and Germany.

    Liu Tianhua (1895-1932), born in Jiangsu Province, was a composer, folk-music performer, and music educator.

    He Lüting (1903-1999), a native of Hunan Province, was a composer and music theorist. He once studied at Shanghai National Music School, and held many positions at Wuchang Art School and Yan’an Central Music Troupe.

    Ma Sicong (1912-1987), born in Guangdong Province, was a modern Chinese composer and violinist. His Nostalgia created in 1937 became one of the 20th-century music classics.

    China National Philatelic Corporation will release four FDCs and a commemorative cancellation respectively.
  • Zhonghua Book Company...Founded by Lufei Kui, a famous educational thinker and publisher, in Shanghai on January 1, 1912, Zhonghua Book Company significantly contributed to the spread of science and culture and the promotion of modern education in its early years. Since the People's Republic of China was founded in 1949, it has served as a press specializing in sorting and publishing Chinese ancient and modern academic and popular books on literature, history, philosophy, and linguistics, particularly responsible for the compilation and publication of ancient texts and classics of national importance. Over the past century, the company has published a great number of influential books and dictionaries, including Ci Hai, Essentials of the Four Branches of Literature, Great Collection of Ancient and Modern Books, Collected Inscriptions on Tortoise Shells or Animal Bones, Comprehensive Mirror for Aid in Government, and Yongle Encyclopedia. Among the classics, the "Twenty-Four Histories" (punctuated) and A Draft History of the Qing Dynasty are regarded as New China's greatest ancient book publishing projects with remarkable contributions to the inheritance of Chinese culture.
  • Ren-Chen YearAccording to Chinese lunar calendar, 2012 marks Ren-Chen Year, or the Year of the Dragon. Throughout the history of the Chinese nation, the dragon has been revered by the Chinese people as a cultural totem from generation to generation. In ancient times, the image of Chinese dragon served as a representation of power and prestige and an emblem symbolizing the traditional philosophy of integrating man and nature, while in modern days, it represents hardworking and unyielding spirit. Chinese dragon is an auspicious mythical creature that embodies people's good wishes and heartfelt blessings, exemplified by many famous idioms and phrases. "Dragon Sons, Phoenix Daughters," for example, conveys parents' high expectations. "Awesome Dragon and Formidable Tiger" represents infinite power. "Dragon-Horse Spirit" describes the extraordinary vigor and energy of the Chinese people. "Dotting the Eyes of the Dragon" implies strength and capacity. And, "Prosperity Brought by Dragon and Phoenix" expresses people's wish for lasting happiness.

    China National Philatelic Corporation will issue a FDC and a commemorative cancellation respectively.
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