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  • China-ASEAN ExpoThe China-ASEAN Expo, jointly sponsored by the Ministry of Commerce of China, the departments of economic affairs and trade of the governments of ten ASEAN member states and ASEAN Secretariat and undertaken by the people's government of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, is held in Nanning, Guangxi annually with an aim at "promoting the construction of China-ASEAN Free Trade Area (CAFTA), sharing cooperation and development opportunity", covering commodity trade, investment cooperation and trade in services. The Expo celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2013. Over the past 10 years, the Expo has been built into an important platform for friendly exchanges, trade promotion and multi-field cooperation between China and ASEAN, and become a grand international event with widespread influences in CAFTA. The stamp which adopts the form of traditional Chinese painting features famous flowers of the 11 countries, symbolizing the blossoming future of China-ASEAN cooperation.

    China National Philatelic Corporation will issue a FDC and a commemorative cancellation respectively.
  • CatCats belong to the felis of felidae, Carnivora and are a popular pet of the world. It can be seen wherever inhabited by human beings. Today there are about 100 recognized breeds of cats in the world. Chinese Li Hua Cat is common in China, a breed closest to the wild breed. In different sizes, Chinese Li Hua Cat has a short and dense coat, with grey and black ring-like stripes, also known as “Li Mao”. There is also yellow colored Li Hua Cat which is called Tiger Cat. Li Hua Cat is easy to breed, highly dependent on the owners and sentimentally attached to its home. Maine Coon is a hybrid of Maine local cat, Angora cat and European cat with its first debut in the US in 1861. It has a long and dense coat and is a very large breed of domestic cats, elegant and lovely with bright eyes. The Abyssinian Cat was first discovered in today’s Ethiopia and recognized in 1874 in the UK. It has a short and light brown coat, resembling the color of a hare. That’s why it is also called “hare cat”. It is a medium sized cat with a muscular, athletic body, clever, active, gentle and affectionate to the owners. Exotic Shorthair is a hybrid of American local cat and Persian cat, developed by the US, and was widely recognized in the 1960s. Its coat is short and dense and does not need grooming everyday, but it likes petting and scratching. It is also swift and clean.

    China National Philatelic Corporation will issue two FDCs and a commemorative cancellation respectively.
  • Longhu MountainTowering in the southwestern suburbs of Yingtan City, Jiangxi Province, Longhu (Dragon and Tiger) Mountain is reputed to be the "cradle of Taoism." Legend has it that during the Eastern Han Dynasty(25-220), a green dragon and a white tiger appeared when Zhang Daoling, the first "Heavenly Master" of Taoism, practiced alchemy here, hence the mountain's name. Particularly well-known for its typical Danxia landform, characterized by spectacular red cliffs and erosional landforms, Longhu Mountain has been cited as a Global Geopark and inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List. It boasts 23 types of Danxia landform, including clusters of rocky peaks, stone pillars of various shapes, and "a gleam of sky," enjoying a sterling reputation for its unparalleled Danxia landscapes. Alongside Taoist relics and wondrous Danxia landscapes, a large group of cliff tombs, dating back more than 2,600 years to the Spring and Autumn Period (770-476 BC) and the Warring States Period (475-221 BC), compose the "three uniqueness" of Longhu Mountain. The traditional paintings on the three stamps, devoted to Rocks of Immortals and Water, Elephant Trunk Hill, and Zhengyi Taoist Abbey respectively, combine to present a big picture of Longhu Mountain, creating a sacred and serene Taoist atmosphere while showing the integrity of humanity and nature.

    China National Philatelic Corporation will issue a FDC, a souvenir sheet cover and a commemorative cancellation respectively.
  • Four Arts of Chinese Scholars...The "Four Arts of Chinese Scholars", namely qin (the guqin, Chinese stringed instrument), qi (the strategy game of go), shu (Chinese calligraphy) and hua (Chinese painting), are deeply rooted in the Chinese civilization, and have been admired and pursued by people of refined tastes since ancient times, becoming an artistic form to show dispositions, express feelings and cultivate sentiments. Qin was a symbol of ancient Chinese musical culture. Implicit and profound, it reveals extraordinary taste through its elegance, indicating the endless charm of self-constraint and meaningfulness in traditional Chinese culture. The story about Bo Ya and Zhong Ziqi known as "Lofty Mountains and Flowing Water" has been popular for long. Qi, known as "yi" in ancient times, specially refers to weiqi (the game of go). The game of go is like the Tao of Taoism, or the life of man, containing numberless truths in the world despite its small size. In ancient times, the best go player was Yiqiu. According to Gaozi Shang (First Part of Gaozi) in Mencius, "Yiqiu was the best player in the game of go all over the territory", which is evidence for his extraordinary skill in the game of go, and the story "Yiqiu Teaching His Disciples" is thus well known.

    China National Philatelic Corporation will issue two FDCs and a commemorative cancellation respectively.
  • Gold-Gilded Bronze Buddhist Statues...On June 16, 2013, China National Philatelic Corporation issued a souvenir sheet cover and a set of six first-day covers carrying a set of six special stamps titled "Gold-Gilded Bronze Buddhist Statues" with a total face value of 6.80 yuan. The pictures on the stamps are respectively titled "Gold-Gilded Bronze Statue of Guanyin Bodhisattva (Five Dynasties)," "Gold-Gilded Bronze Statue of Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva (Song Dynasty)," "Gold-Gilded Bronze Statue of Sakyamuni (Ming Dynasty)," "Gold-Gilded Bronze Statue of Amitayus Buddha (Ming Dynasty)," "Gold-Gilded Bronze Statue of Manjusri Bodhisattva (Ming Dynasty),"and "Gold-Gilded Bronze Statue of Samantabhadra Bodhisattva (Ming Dynasty)." The souvenir sheet is titled "Gold-Gilded Bronze Buddhist Statue (Sui Dynasty)" with a face value of 6 yuan.
  • Ancient Towns of China (I)...The eight ancient towns on the stamps are all "Renowned Historic and Cultural Towns of China." They have preserved previous town layouts, as well as a large number of ancient constructions and food and beverage, costumes and folk custom activities with strong local features. They are precious cultural heritage of the Chinese nation.

    China National Philatelic Corporation will issue four FDCs and a commemorative cancellation respectively.
  • Little Tadpoles Looking for Their Mother...Written by Fang Huizhen and Sheng Lude, "Little Tadpoles Looking for Their Mother" is a fairy tale and lively tells about the scientific law for tadpoles' development by metamorphosis. The fairy tale was filmed in 1960 by Shanghai Animation Film Studio and was adapted into a color ink painting cartoon, the very first one of China. Animals in the film, such as tadpoles, frogs, shrimps and crabs, all originally come from paintings by Qi Baishi, great master of Chinese traditional paintings. The stamps show little tadpoles ask Grandpa Shrimp for information and mistake the goldfish, the crab and the tortoise as their mother before they finally find their mother.

    China National Philatelic Corporation will issue a FDC and a commemorative cancellation respectively.
  • Gratitude to MotherMaternal love is the greatest human affection. A mother gives birth to a child and gives the child her true, unselfish and eternal love. "A thread is in my fond mother's hand moving, for her son to wear the clothes ere leaving". Those are verses written by Meng Jiao, a poet of Tang Dynasty, in his "A Traveler's Song", which utters the mother's solicitude for her son traveling afar. Maternal love is also rewarded by people in various forms. Birthday is called "Hard Day of Mother" among the people, meaning the mother suffers pains when giving birth to a child. Nowadays, a growing number of people choose holidays or their mothers' birthdays to express their good wishes or gratitude to their mothers with flowers and gifts. The stamp is the very first one issued by China Post with the golden overlay on. When the overlay is scratched off, good blessings for mothers will show up. The overlays include four blessings: I Love You, Mom; Wish You Happy Forever, Mom; Mom Is the Best in the World; Thank You, Mom, for Your Love and Care Given from My Childhood.

    China National Philatelic Corporation will issue a FDC and a commemorative cancellation respectively.
  • The 7th Congress of All-China Philatelic...The 7th Congress of All-China Philatelic Federation was held in Beijing on April 25, 2013. The souvenir sheet was issued to celebrate the grand conference among philatelic circles. The main picture shows cultural relics excavated from Liye Ancient Town in Longshan County of western Hunan Province, including bamboo slips from the Qin Dynasty (221 BC- 206 BC), daubs and stamp labels. A number of archives of Qin Dynasty's Qianling County were found at Liye Ruins. These archives are of high value in researching ancient China’s early postal system. The words "Qianling yi you xing Dongting" (the expressed mail from Qianling County, today's Liye, to Dongting Prefecture) on the Qin slips are regarded as China’s earliest letter; the daub by "Youyang Cheng Seal" is used as a mark to seal the letter; and the stamp label with notes on the package is considered the earliest one in China.

    China National Philatelic Corporation will issue a FDC and a commemorative cancellation respectively.
  • Cloisonné EnamelCloisonné enamel, also known as Jing Tai Lan in China, was reportedly introduced into China from Arab areas during the Yuan Dynasty (1206-1368) and rose to popularity in the Xuande era (1426-1435) of the Ming Dynasty. During Jingtai period (1450-1456) of the Ming, Chinese cloisonné enamel wares became internationally acclaimed for their beautiful designs and profound, glossy colors. Dark blue and greenish azure blue were the most popular colors for the enamel coating, contributing to the designation of the art as Jing Tai Lan ("lan" in Chinese means blue).

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

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