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  • Shanghai Expo Site

    The Site of Shanghai Expo spans both sides of the Huangpu River between the Nan Pu Bridge and the Lupu Bridge., As the most important area of exhibition and landscapes, World Expo Centre, China Pavilion, Expo Performance Centre, Theme Pavilions, Expo Boulevard will be reserved permanently after Expo Shanghai.

    World Expo Centre will serve as the centre for ceremonies and conferences, press conferences and various forums during Expo Shanghai. China Pavilion is designed with the concept of "Oriental Crown", which represents the Chinese wisdom of the urban development. Expo Performance Centre will serve for major performances and exhibiting activities during Expo Shanghai. The Theme Pavilions will be built with a theme of "City, Make Life Better", The Expo Boulevard will act as the main axis for human traffic flow and sightseeing at the Expo Site during Expo Shanghai.

  • Temple, Cemetery and Family Mansion of C...Confucius (551-479B.C.), whose actual name was Kong Qiu and courtesy name was Zhongni, born in a city of the State of Lu (present-day Qufu, Shandong Province) during the late Spring and Autumn Period, was a great thinker, educator, and statesman as well as the founder of a school of moral doctrine, known today as Confucianism. The Temple of Confucius, in Qufu City, Shandong, was built in 478 B.C. on the site of the former residence of Confucius. It was where emperors of the past dynasties worshipped the great sage.

    Covering an area of nearly 10 hectares, the palatial complex houses 620 halls, pavilions, and other rooms laid out in a precise pattern in eight rows of courtyards. The Hall of Great Accomplishment, the major structure of the temple, enshrines a statue of Confucius. In front of the hall is a pavilion known as "Apricot Altar," where it is said that Confucius delivered lectures to his disciples. A typical example of Chinese ancient memorial buildings, the temple occupies an important position in Chinese history of architecture and aesthetics.

  • Guangzhou 2010 Asian Para Games...The 2010 Asian Para Games are scheduled to be held in the city of Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, from December 12th to 19th, 2010. Developed from the Far East and the South Pacific Games for the Disabled, the Asian Para Games have been held nine times since its initiation in 1975.

    A large one in terms of the scale, the 2010 Asian Para Games will see a number of some 3,000 athletes from over 40 countries and regions. Conscientiously disseminating the Olympic spirit and humanistic values, and reflecting the people-oriented concept, these games aim to promote the development, exchanges and cooperation of sports activities for people with disabilities, foster the public virtue of supporting and helping the disabled people, and enhance harmony, progress and civilization of the society.

    China National Philatelic Corporation will release a FDC.

  • The Cowherd and the Weaving Maid...The Cowherd and the Weaving Maid is a widely known folk legend of romance in China, which was born in the Spring and Autumn Period (770-476B.C.), lyricized in the Han Dynasty's "Nineteen Ancient Poems," and enriched in the following ages. The legend has it that when the heavenly weaving maid descended to the world and bathed in a pool, a cowherd hid her dress but was trapped, so they met and fell in love with each other. After they were married, they had two children – a boy and a girl. But the Queen of Heaven was upset. She retrieved the maid and even drew a line in the sky with a hairpin, which became a raging river (Milky Way) blocking the cowherd (Altair) from chasing the weaving maid (Vega). Afterwards, they were only allowed to be reunited on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month each year; hence the traditional Chinese festival Double Seventh Day. The festival was inscribed on China's National Intangible Cultural Heritage List in 2006.

    China National Philatelic Corporation will release two FDCs.
  • Foreign MusiciansThroughout the evolution of European music, countless great artists devoted their talent to creating glorious melodies.

    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), a German composer and organist. His musical works are mostly devoted to religion, and characterized by philosophy and logic, created with compact and delicate approaches, to convey a broad vision and inclusive splendor.

    Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) was an Austrian composer who excelled at expressing pure human sentiment and optimistic faith through his works.

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), a highly influential Austrian musician of the classical era, showed extraordinary talent in music in his childhood. Mozart's operas are particularly outstanding, and his works feature a sincere, refined, elegant, and graceful style, mostly imbued with optimism.

    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) was a German composer. He was the pioneer of romanticism and elevated
  • China Maritime DayChina Maritime Day falls on July 11, anniversary of the date Zheng He of the Ming Dynasty royal court set out on his first overseas voyage. Designated by the State Council in 2005, it is a national day celebrated by navigation, fishery, shipbuilding, and maritime research and education industries as well as naval troops, often involving cultural activities for popularizing navigation and maritime knowledge, enhancing the awareness of coastal defense, and promoting social harmony.

    It is also the executive date of World Maritime Day in China. China Maritime Day 2010 highlighted the theme of "ocean, sailor, and strait," with its primary celebration venue in Quanzhou, Fujian Province.

    China National Philatelic Corporation will release a FDC.

  • Ruins of the Ancient Loulan...The ruins of the ancient city of Loulan are located northwest to Lop Nur in Ruoqiang County, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. During the Han Dynasty (206B.C.-A.D.220), Loulan City, as the capital of Loulan Kingdom in the western region, occupied a strategic geographical location along the Silk Road stretching to the western regions, playing an important role in the Chinese history of international cultural exchange. In the following Wei and Jin dynasties, as well as the Early Liang Period, the city witnessed great prosperity. After the mid-4th Century, it declined.

    Despite more than 1,000 years of weathering, today many historical sites and cultural relics can still be found on the locale, including houses, Buddhist temples, beacon towers, and tombs. The ruins were listed as an important cultural heritage under state protection in 1988.

    China National Philatelic Corporation will release a FDC.
  • Guangzhou and the Enchanting Pearl River...

    Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong, lies in the southern part of the province where the Pearl River meets the sea. Legend has it that five immortals riding five goats, each holding a rice stalk in the mouth, descended here from the heaven, hence the city's nicknames, Suicheng (City of Rice Ears) and Yangcheng (City of Goats).

    In 214 B.C., Qin Shi Huang (First Emperor of the Qin Dynasty) ordered General Ren Xiao to lead troops on an expedition to unify the southern regions. The triumphant troops then constructed a city in present-day Panyu area, which was documented as the beginning of the history of Guangzhou. Historically, Guangzhou was an important part of the ancient Maritime Silk Road, while in modern days, it is a pilot in China's reform and opening-up policie, and it serves as the host city of the 16th Asian Games. For a millennium, the graceful Pearl River has nourished this old yet vigorous city. When night falls, illuminated by the glittering neon lights on both banks, the river looks even more charming.

    China National Philatelic Corporation will release two FDCs.

  • Shangri-LaThe stamp "Majestic Monastery" features the magnificent view of Gadan Sumtseling Monastery. Located at the foot of Mt. Foping north of the county seat of Shangri-La, Yunnan Province, the monastery was first built in 1679 and now covers an area of over 333,000 square meters, being the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery in the Tibetan-inhabited areas of Yunnan. Modeled after the Potala Palace in Lhasa, it is nicknamed "Lesser Potala Palace." The stamp "Green Nature"depicts the landscapes of the Napa Lake Nature Reserve. Located 3,266 meters above sea level northwest of the county seat of Shangri-La, Napa Lake is a seasonal lake, which turns to be a swampy meadow during the dry season. The luxuriant grass makes it a major pasture, as well as a winter abode for some rare and precious animals.

    China National Philatelic Corporation will release two FDCs and a souvenir sheet.
  • The 10th Global Travel & Tourism Summit...With the approval of the State Council, the 10th Global Travel & Tourism Summit, under the theme "World's Leading Industry — Reaching New Frontiers," took place in Beijing from May 25 to 27, 2010. The event was co-hosted by China National Tourism Administration and the People's Government of Beijing Municipality, and organized by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC).

    The prototypic of the picture on the stamp is the large-format painting, "Lotus"created in 2009 by Chinese noted painter Huang Yongyu for Rong Bao Zhai, a well-known traditional art shop in Beijing. The lotus flowers blooming in the glow of the rising sun symbolize the cooperation and prosperity in a harmonious society and imply a bright prospect for tourism as the world's leading industry.

    China National Philatelic Corporation will release a FDC.
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