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  • Court Ladies Preparing Newly-Woven Silk...Court Ladies Preparing Newly-Woven Silk (Song Dynasty copy), a scroll with exact delineation and enriched colors attributed to painter Zhang Xuan of the TangDynasty (618-907), is a precious legacy of Chinese ancient portraits of ladies. Now collected by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the painting depicts a scene of Tang women pounding, sewing and ironing newly-woven silk. Pounding was an important step of the process, because newly-woven silk was hard and stiff in texture and could only be used after being soaked in water and pounded. To promote farming and sericulture, empresses of the past dynasties were all supposed to preside over the
    ceremony for worshipping the god of silkworm, which involved symbolic activities such as mulberry leaf harvest, silkworm rearing, and making silk clothes. The scene depicted in Court Ladies Preparing Newly-Woven Silk is considered the ceremony for worshipping the god of silkworm, reflecting the Tang royal family’s life.

    China National Philatelic Corporation will issue a FDC,a souvenir sheet cover and a commemorative cancellation respectively.
  • The 80th Anniversary of the Party School...The Party School of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (The Central Party School) is the highest institution of learning charged with the task of training senior and middle-ranking leading cadres of the Party and fostering Marxist theoretical cadres. As an important organ directly under the Central Committee of the CPC, it is an important bastion for studying and publicizing Marxism, Mao Zedong Thought and the System of Theories of Socialism with Chinese Characteristics and a furnace for tempering the Party spirit. It is also a research institute of philosophy and other social sciences of the CPC. Over the past 80 years since its establishment, the Central Party School has adhered to the Party’s ideological line of seeking truth from facts and the principle of supporting politics with academics, serving as a mirror to the Party's history of ideological construction and cadre training. Its profound ideological and academic tradition will continue to shine as it is passed on from generation to generation.

    China National Philatelic Corporation will issue a FDC and a commemorative cancellation respectively.
  • World Water Day

    Water is one of the world's most precious resources. To raise people's awareness of protecting water resources, on January 18, 1993, the 47th United Nations General Assembly declared March 22 as World Day for Water in accordance with the proposal made in Agenda 21 of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development. World Water Day has been observed on March 22 since 1993 in an effort to promote comprehensive planning and management of water resources in all countries. Meanwhile, observance strengthens public awareness of exploring and protecting water resources through a wide range of publicity and educational activities. March 22, 2013 is the 20th World Water Day.

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

  • Peach FlowersA kind of small-sized deciduous arbors that belongs to the rose family (Rosaceae), peach flowers, native to China, are one type of the most ancient famous flowers, grown in most areas of the country. Peach flowers in China have a wide range of breeds, including wintersweet-shaped multi-petal flowers and peony-shaped double flowers. Red peach flowers are as red as flames, white ones are as white as snow, and pink ones are like the makeup of a beauty, charming and pleasant. Peach flowers blossom in March and April each year, and the florescence can last for one month or so. Prunus persica ‘Bai Bitao’ are an ancient breed which dates back to the Song Dynasty (960-1279). It has ball-like buds and white wintersweet-shaped multi-petal flowers; its petals are in the shape of long eggs, and the anther is yellow. Prunus persica ‘Dan Fen’ have long round buds, and pink single-petal flowers. Each flower consists of 5 petals, occasionally 6-9, with 5 sepals in mahogany. Each sepal of the flower has fuzz at the edge.

    China National Philatelic Corporation will issue six FDCs and a commemorative cancellation respectively.
  • The 50th Anniversary for the Publication...Lei Feng was born Lei Zhengxing in December 1940 into a poor farmer's family in Wangcheng County, Hunan Province. In his childhood, he endured suffering and tribulations of the old society. After the People's Republic of China was founded in 1949, he grew up with care from the government. In 1960, he was recruited by the People's Liberation Army. In November of the same year, he joined the Communist Party of China. On August 15, 1962, Lei, then only 22, died in the line of duty. On March 5, 1963, Chairman Mao Zedong wrote the inscription, published on People's Daily, "Learn from Comrade Lei Feng." Over the past decades, with the care and support from the central leadership of different generations, various campaigns have been organized throughout the country to learn from the heroic figure. Lei Feng's name has become a household word, and the Lei Feng Spirit has been widely promoted and deeply incorporated into people's mind.

    China National Philatelic Corporation will issue two FDCs and a commemorative cancellation respectively.
  • The 12th National People's Congress of t...The 12th National People's Congress of the People's Republic of China was held in Beijing on March 5, 2013. This congress was a big political event for the Chinese people, a grand conference to hold high the great banner of socialism with Chinese characteristics, to fully implement the spirit of the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, and to strive to complete the building of a moderately prosperous society in all aspects.

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

    China started its offshore oil industry in 1950s and has initially set up a complete offshore oil industry system through Sino-foreign cooperation and independent innovation. “Hai Yang Shi You 720”displayed on the stamp is Asia’s first-generation geophysical vessel for three-dimensional deepwater seismic survey, independently designed and built by China. With a length of 107.4 meters, a molded breadth of 24 meters, and a molded depth of 9.6 meters, the vessel is capable of towing twelve 8,000-meter streamers and double seismic detectors with 8 air-gun arrays, providing an average 3D acquisition area of 60 square kilometers per day. The vessel was put into use at South China Sea in May 2011, marking China’s successful access to the most advanced field of deep sea oil exploration equipment in the world.

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

  • GUI-Si Year

    According to Chinese lunar calendar, 2013 marks Gui-Si Year, or the Year of the Snake. In traditional Chinese culture, the snake is considered to represent the virtue of being grateful and repaying kindness. The famous folklore "Legend of the White Snake" has it that to repay Xu Xian for his kindness, the White Snake turns into a beautiful woman to marry him. The book In Search of the Supernatural of the Jin Dynasty provides another example. During the Spring and Autumn Period (770-476 B.C.), the Marquis of Sui found a wounded snake when he was out walking one day. He immediately ordered his attendant to save its life with medicine. Later, the snake held a brilliant pearl in its mouth and presented it to the marquis in gratitude for his kindness. Hence, the image of a snake holding a pearl in mouth is often regarded as an auspicious sign. The snake on the stamp, inspired by the theme of "grateful snake," holds a precious pearl in mouth and transforms into Ganoderma lucidum grass at the tail, symbolizing good luck. Its body is decorated with patterns of spring peach blossoms, summer lotus, autumn chrysanthemums, and winter plum blossoms, implying peace all year round.

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

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