China Post will issue a set of two special stamps featuring the Year of Jihai, namely “Pig Brings You Blessings” and “Five Blessings Gathering,” with a denomination of 2.4 yuan (0.3446 U.S. dollars) on January 5, 2019.
2019 is the year of Jihai according to the lunar calendar and the Year of the Pig according to the Chinese zodiac with the 12 animal signs. The Pig ranks twelfth in the twelve zodiac signs, matching the Hai of the twelve earthly branches.
In the first stamp “Pig Brings You Blessings,” a pudgy pig shows the joy of running in a dynamic way, symbolizing striving towards a better life. The second one, “Five Blessings Gathering,” fully reflects the concept of “family happiness” in a Chinese zodiac stamp, and expresses wishes for a happy new year.
China Post has issued zodiac stamps for 40 consecutive years since 1980. After 40 years of reform and opening-up, it is of special significance to collect zodiac stamps and record personal growth and changes of the times.
This set of stamps was designed by Han Meilin, who is a craft artist and professor at Tsinghua University, and was printed by the Beijing Stamp Printing House using a woodblock overprinting process.
China Post jointly issued a set of two commemorative stamps featuring the 40th Anniversary of China-Portugal diplomatic relations with Portugal Post, namely Purple Clay Teapot and Silver Teapot, with a denomination of 2.4 yuan (0.354 U.S. dollars), on February 8, 2019.
The bilateral relations between China and Portugal have developed steadily since they established diplomatic relations on February 8, 1979. The two countries have witnessed increased high-level visits, enhanced economic and trade relations and comprehensive cooperation in culture, education and other sectors.
In December 2005, the two countries established a comprehensive strategic partnership. In December 2018, President Xi Jinping was invited to pay a visit to Portugal, which was a great success and has helped the traditional friendly cooperation between China and Portugal reach a new development stage.
The year 2019 marks the 40th anniversary of China-Portugal diplomatic relations. China Post and Portugal Post decided to jointly issue a set of two commemorative stamps for the occasion. This is the second joint issuing of stamps between China and Portugal after they issued special stamps featuring an Ancient Sailing Boat in 2001.
The stamps show teapots with the characteristics of the two countries. The first stamp features China's purple clay teapot and cup, which is a unique pottery handicraft in Yixing, east China's Jiangsu Province.
With pumpkin-shaped pot and cane-shaped handle, the purple clay pot on the stamp is beautiful in shape. It is now part of collections at the China Zisha Museum in Yixing. It was produced by Wang Yinxian, a representative of the first group of state-level intangible cultural heritage “Yixing Purple Clay Production Techniques.”
The second stamp features a Portuguese silver teapot and silver sugar bowl. With a decorative pattern, the silver teapot is exquisite in shape. It has four round feet at the bottom and a wooden handle. The teapot was produced in Porto of Portugal in the early 19th century and is now in the Lamego Museum, Portugal.
This set of stamps was designed by Portuguese designer Elizabete Fonseca, and was printed by Beijing Stamp Printing House using a heliographic printing process.
China Post will issue a set of one stamp for special use featuring a Chinese knot for personalized customer service with a denomination of 1.2 yuan (0.1749 U.S. dollars) on January 26, 2019.
Offer for sale: This set of stamps is available at designated postal outlets, the online philatelic shop of China Post (http://jiyou.11185.cn), China Philately mobile client and the China Philately Wechat Mall since they will be issued.
China Post will issue a set of one special stamp titled "Conveying New Year's Greetings" with a denomination of 1.2 yuan (0.1751 U.S. dollars) on January 10, 2019.
The Spring Festival is the most important traditional festival in the Chinese calendar, and its two themes are bidding farewell to the old and welcoming the arrival of the New Year.
Visiting relatives and friends and posting Spring Festival couplets are part of conveying New Year's Greetings.
This set of stamps is the fifth in a series of stamps titled "Conveying New Year's Greetings." The main image features a boy named Huanhuan and a girl named Xixi against the background of the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet.
Huanhuan and Xixi wear traditional Tibetan costumes and hold a bucket of grain named Chema in Tibetan inhabited areas, a symbol of auspiciousness, to convey New Year's Greetings to the people of all ethnic groups in China.
Next to the image is an antithetical couplet. The whole mood is relaxed and joyful, contributing to the festival's happy atmosphere.
China is a united multi-ethnic country. The design of the stamps continues the creative idea of last year's ethnic elements. It displays the happy life of the people of all nationalities under the leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC), and building the Chinese Dream together.
This set of stamps was designed by Wu Guanying, a professor at the Academy of Arts & Design, Tsinghua University, and was printed by Shenyang Post Printing Factory using an offset printing process.
Offer for sale: This set of stamps is available at designated postal outlets, the online philatelic shop of China Post (http://jiyou.11185.cn), China Philately mobile client and the China Philately Wechat Mall since they will be issued on January 10, 2019. This set of stamps will be sold for six months.