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  • Fruits (1)2014-15

    Fruits have won people’s love because of their taste, nutrition, juiciness and colours. Thus they have taken on rich auspicious cultural meanings. The apple is sweet in flavour and rich in nutrition. Its earliest record can be found in Ode to Shanglin by Sima Xiangru of the Western Han Dynasty. Because the ping in pingguo, Chinese name for “apple”, is homophonous to the ping in ping’an, Chinese phrase for “peace”, it has taken on the beautiful symbolic meaning of peace. The peach, which originated in China, features beautiful colours, tender pulp, juiciness, sweetness and aromatic smell. Legend has it that the Queen of Heaven has a Peach Orchard which produces peaches that make whoever eat them immortal; and that she treats immortals to peaches on her birthday. Hence in traditional Chinese culture, the peach also symbolises longevity.The pomegranate, bright-coloured with lovely translucent seeds, originated in what is now Iran and Central Asia and was introduced to China in the Han Dynasty. Because it has many seeds (the Chinese character for “seed” is homophonous to that for “child”), it has embodied the wish for many children. The kumquat, which originated in China, features small size and fat flesh, beautiful shape and bright colour; though not very juicy, it is sweet in taste and aromatic in smell. Because the character for “kumquat” is similar in pronunciation to that for “lucky”, it has taken on auspicious meaning. Its golden colour has been associated with gold and wealth.

     

     

     

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

     

     

  • Dream of the Red Chamber, a Masterpiece ...2014-13

    The novel Dream of the Red Chamber, also known as The Story of the Stone, initially contained only 80 chapters and was circulated in manuscript copies until its 120-chapter printed version was published. It is considered a milestone in the history of Chinese classical novels and a masterpiece in Chinese and world literature. Its author, Cao Xueqin, spent 10 years writing the novel based on his own life experience. The novel depicts the rise and decay of the Jia clan and the love tragedy between Jia Baoyu and Lin Daiyu, giving readers a full picture of social life in the late period of feudal China. This set of stamps depicts traditional paintings by contemporary Chinese painter Dai Dunbang. The souvenir sheet depicts the scene that the spirit of Baoyu visits the Great Void as described in Chapter 5. With illustrations, comments, and songs, the chapter predicts the unfortunate destinies of all maidens in the Grand View Garden and the decay of the Jia clan. From the perspective of plot development, the chapter sets the main tone of the novel: reflecting the reality with fantasy. From the perspective of artistic conception, the chapter serves as an outline of the entire novel.

    China National Philatelic Corporation will issue two FDCs , a souvenir sheet cover and a commemorative cancellation respectively.

  • Huangmei Opera2014-14

    A famed opera in China, the Huangmei opera can trace its origins to rural areas among Anhui, Hubei and Jiangxi provinces some 200 years ago. A large number of good plays have been staged and numerous star singers mushrooming since the founding of the People’s Republic of China. Of them, grand plays Fairy Couple and The Emperor’s Female Son-in-Law as well as the short one Collecting Grass for Pigs have witnessed Huangmei’s historic transformation from an obscure local genre into a popular opera nationwide. Featuring a beautiful tone, the opera is catchy and expressive. All its plays are about reality and life and have thus won the heart of the audience. It was inscribed on the list of China’s national intangible cultural heritage in 2006. 

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

  • Marking the 90th Anniversary of the Foun...2014-12

    The Whampoa Military Academy was founded by Sun Yat-sen in 1924 with the help of the USSR and the Communist Party of China (CPC). As the first political and military institution to train revolutionaries in modern China, it was the result of the first round of cooperation between the CPC and the Kuomintang. The academy has a significant place in modern Chinese military history by spawning a large number of military and political talents for both parties. Its faculty and alumni made memorable achievements in the Eastern Expedition, the Northern Expedition and the Anti-Japanese War. They wrote an immortal epic in the Chinese history for national independence, unity and prosperity and forged Whampoa’s spirit of patriotism and revolution at all costs.

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

  • The Monkey King: Uproar in Heaven...2014-11

    “The Monkey King: Uproar in Heaven” is the first color animated cartoon produced by China. The two-episode movie was shot from 1961 to 1964 by Shanghai Animation Film Studio. It creates the animated image of Sun Wukong, or the Monkey King, a representative character of Chinese myth. The animation has strong features of the Chinese nation and culture, and rich imagination is incorporated in its presentation. It is a milestone in the history of Chinese animations, watched by several generations. In 2012, the animation had a 3D edition, bringing more vitality to this classic.

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

  • Thangka2014-10

    A thangka is a Tibetan-style scroll painting on cotton, silk or paper, which is painted or embroidered. Thangka paintings primarily depict Buddhist subjects such as the Buddha, bodhisattvas, and Buddhist guardians, as well as Tibetan history and ethnic customs. They are mounted with silk brocade in the style of scroll paintings invented in the Xuanhe reign of the Song Dynasty (960-1279).It is said that thangka first originated in the period of the Tibetan Empire (early 7th to mid-9th century) and developed into an art form in the second half of the 11th century. Some thangka paintingscreated in the period have been preserved to the present day. Initially, thangka was a kind of religious painting used on Tibetan Buddhist rituals. It functioned as a moveable niche, used by Tibetanlamas to travel around to preach Buddhist doctrines or meditate in front of it. With the evolution of its subjects and forms, thangka gradually developed into a unique art form.

    China National Philatelic Corporation will issue a FDC,a souvenir sheet cover and a commemorative cancellation respectively.

  • Swan Goose Delivering Letters...2014-9

    The story, Swan Goose Delivering Letters, originates from the anecdote “Su Wu Tends Sheep” recorded in Biographies of Li Guang and Su Jian, History of the Han Dynasty. In the period under the reign of Emperor Wu of the Han Dynasty, the Han’s envoy Su Wu, detained by the Xiongnu, would rather die than surrender. After ascending the throne, Emperor Zhao married the daughter to the Xiongnu’s chief and requested for handing over Su Wu and other envoys. But the Xiongnu’s chief made a lie that Su had died. The Han’s envoy visited the Xiongnu again and discovered Su, and then said to the chief that the Emperor shot a swan goose in the Shanglin Garden with a silk letter tied on the goose leg which said that Su Wu was herding sheep by a remote lake (today’s Baikal). Then the Xiongnu’s chief had to send back Su Wu and other envoys to the Han court. From then on, the story Swan Goose Delivering Letters has been widely spread and deemed as a symbol for letter communication. Moreover, the swan goose, a migrant bird flying southward and northward with season changes, often arouses travelers’ homesickness. So, people use swan geese to embody the homesick emotion.

    Both the original painting Swan Goose Delivering Letters and the poetry inscribed on the first-day cover were created by contemporary artist Fan Zeng for this set of stamp.

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

  • The 60th Anniversary of the Chinese Peop...2014-8

    The Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, founded on May 3, 1954, is a national people’s organization engaged in people-to-people diplomacy of the People’s Republic of China. The aims of the Association are to enhance people’s friendship, further international cooperation, safeguard world peace and promote common development. Over the past six decades, on behalf of the Chinese people, it has deepened friendship with various countries around the world, carried out comprehensive and multi-level people-to-people exchange in various areas, and worked hard for the cause of human progress and solidarity. The painting on the stamp, Ode to Peace, was originally created by 14 renowned Chinese painters including Qi Baishi for the 1955 World Peace Congress, which symbolizes Chinese people’s support and praise for peace.

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

  • Network Life2014-6

    Information communication is a part of human civilization, as well as an extremely important factor for the existence and continuous development of this civilization. It has gone through several phases, including spoken language and body language, written language, multimedia, modern communications and, currently, digital information exchange. It is being made with increasingly enriched content and enlarged quantity. For network-based information exchange, there are more diversified carriers, including sound, graph, text and video, as well as diversified platforms, including emails, blogs, BBS, social network sites and microblogs. The change of the information communication forms, also as a witness, produces great influence on the development of human society.

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

  • International Horticultural Exposition 2...2014-7

    The International Horticultural Exposition, considered the “Olympics” of horticulture, is a specialized international exhibition approved by the International Association of Horticultural Producers. International Horticultural Exposition 2014 Qingdao was scheduled to be held in Qingdao, Shandong Province, from April 25 to October 25, 2014. The theme of the Expo 2014 is “From the earth, for the Earth”, while the emblem and mascot are “celestial beauty scattering flowers” and “Sea Elf — Qingqing”, respectively. The Expo site covers a total area of 241 hectares. Located in the southern part of the Flying Flower Zone, the Theme Pavilion is a landmark building of the Expo, taking on the appearance of Chinese rose, the city flower of Qingdao. The Botanical Pavilion adopts the “leaf” design, consisting of the Marine Plants Section, the Bamboo and Rattan Section, and the Temperate Plants Section.

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

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