On Feburary 4, 2022, China Post is to issue 2 commemorative stamps entitled In Commemoration of the Opening Ceremony of the XXIV Olympic Winter Games in one set, the designs of which are respectively named “Together for a Shared Future” and “The Light of Hope”. The denomination of the stamps is 2.40 yuan, and 11.5 million sets of such stamps are planned to be issued.
The XXIV Olympic Winter Games will be held during February 4 to 20 in Beijing and Zhangjiakou. This is the third time for China to hold Olympic games after the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics and the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games. Beijing, therefore, becomes the first “Dual Olympic City” with both Summer and Winter Olympics in the history of the Games. Since 2017, China Post has issued 18 pieces of commemorative stamps in 5 sets, 2 pieces of special stamps for personalized service in one set and 3 sets of ordinary prepaid envelopes and postcards on the theme of Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games.
Designed by Wang Huming, this set of stamps take white and blue as the main colors to highlight the concept of grand winter sports. The designs of the stamps transform the rich and dynamic audio-visual language on the opening ceremony into a graphic language. Through the deconstruction and reorganization of the three-dimensional space and time span, the classic elements of the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics are presented in a two-dimensional plane, reflecting the design philosophy of “the moment is eternal”. The overall pictures of the stamps are concise and exquisite, manifesting an ethereal, elegant and modern sense of design, coinciding with the philosophy of the opening ceremony of the Olympic Winter Games.
The stamps are printed with offset printing technology by Henan Posts and Telecommunications Printing House Company Limited to underline the elements of ice and snow in Olympic Winter Games. The first picture “Together for a Shared Future” uses the technologies of holographic cat eye and laser embossing. When the stamp is turned, the colorful changes of the Winter Olympics emblem and the Chinese knot can be seen vividly. The second picture “The light of Hope” integrates holographic cold foil stamping with other technologies to highlight the three-dimensional snowflake and flickering flame. Under illumination, the picture becomes rich and dynamic, showing a sense of modernity and high-tech.
The set of stamps will be available for 6 months from February 4 at designated postal outlets nationwide, online mall of China Philately (https://jiyou.11185.cn), the mobile app of China Post, the WeChat Mall for philatelic products in the official WeChat account and the WeChat mini program of China Post Group. Among others, the sales at postal outlets on February 4 will be carried out through online channels such as the online mall https://jiyou.11185.cn, and offline sales will not be conducted that day. To present more information about the stamps, China Post will release the digital contents through the WeChat mini program “Encyclopedia of China Philately and Stamps”, where philatelists can learn more about the stamps via its AR function.
On January 1, China Post is to issue 1 piece of commemorative stamp entitled RCEP Taking Effect with the denomination of 1.20 yuan and the planned circulation of 6.8 million sets.
The ASEAN Secretariat, the official depository for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), released the announcement on November 2, 2021, that six member countries of the ASEAN, including Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, and 4 non-ASEAN countries involving China, Japan, New Zealand and Australia, had formally submitted their RCEP ratification, meeting the conditions for the deal to enter into force in those 10 countries on January 1, 2022. RCEP, as a modern, comprehensive, high-quality and mutually beneficial mega regional free trade agreement, is the most significant achievement of economic integration in East Asia in the past 20 years. Officially signed on November 15, 2020, RCEP has become the world’s largest free trade zone with 15 member countries, accounting for 30% of the world total in regard to its total population, economic size and trade volume. The entry into force of the agreement will play a key role in further promoting regional free trade, stabilizing industrial and supply chains as well as boosting the high-level opening-up of China.
The set of stamp takes “RCEP”, the abbreviation of Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, as the main element, with these four letters being composed of different blocks of colors. The background of the picture consists of simple and upward dynamic lines and is supplemented by such elements as building clusters and the Earth, symbolizing economic growth and urban prosperity, and implying that the entry into force of RCEP will have positive effects on its member states. The whole picture, in concise design, highlights its theme properly.
The stamp is designed by Yu Qiuyan and printed by Beijing Stamp Printing House Company Limited in photogravure technology.
The set of stamps will be available for 6 months at designated postal outlets nationwide, online mall of China Philately (https://jiyou.11185.cn), the mobile app of China Post, the WeChat Mall for philatelic products in the official WeChat account and the WeChat mini program of China Post Group. To present more information about the stamp, China Post will release the digital contents through the WeChat mini program “Encyclopedia of China Philately and Stamps”, where philatelists can learn more about the stamp via its AR function.
On January 5, 2022, China Post is going to issue a set of 2 Year of Renyin special stamps, entitled respectively National Prosperity and Auspicious Tigers, with a denomination of 2.40 yuan a set. The planned circulation is 40.4 million pieces for stamp 1, 38.8 million pieces for stamp 2, 2.3 million for layout 2 and 4.8 million for the stamp booklets.
The year 2022 is the Year of Renyin in the lunar calendar or the Year of Tiger in the Chinese zodiac calendar. Known as the "king of beasts", the tiger is a symbol of valor and strength. In ancient times, there were tiger-shaped tallies for the dispatch of troops in ancient China, and there are also such sayings as "tiger general", "tiger warriors", “tiger walk" and "tiger squat", all of which signify power and glory. The Chinese folks regard the tiger as an auspicious beast that helps people to keep right, drive away evil spirits and bless peace. From the custom of drawing the tiger on the door to the charming cloth tiger toys, the influence of the rich and colorful culture around the tiger has penetrated into people's life and customs. The love for tigers has a unique place in the Chinese cultural complex, where rests the Chinese people's hard working spirit and wish for good luck and peace.
The set of Year of Renyin special stamps is the seventh in the fourth round of the Chinese zodiac stamps, which is created by Mr. Feng Dazhong, a famous painter. Feng Dazhong, a national first-class artist, has enjoyed the special government allowance from the State Council since 1992. He is famous for painting tigers and also an expert in other types of painting like landscapes, flowers. He used to be president of China Hue Art Association, vice director of National Painting and Calligraphy Art Committee of Chinese Artists Association, vice president of Chinese Painting Association, director of Chinese Artists Association, member of Chinese Writers Association and president of Liaoning Senior Artists Association.
The image of the tiger in the Year of Renyin special stamp starts from the "reality", catches the nature of the tiger, and meticulously interprets the beauty of the tiger. The stamps carry on the philosophy of the fourth round of Chinese zodiac stamps and illustrate the ideas of the "country" and "family". The first stamp depicts a majestic tiger, standing on the mountain and upright looking into the distance with lofty goals in mind, which conveys the meaning of a thriving and ambitious country. The second stamp depicts a heartwarming scene of a mild-faced tiger mother with two cubs, which implies a prosperous and happy family.
This set of stamps is printed with the offset intaglio technology, engraved by Yuan Yishan and Liu Minghui, and printed by Beijing Stamp Printing House Company Limited.
The stamp booklet is designed by Wang Huming. With creative originality and through the depiction of both shape and spirit of the zodiac tiger image, the booklet wonderfully presents the philosophy of "national prosperity" and "auspices tiger". In addition, the booklet presents breakthroughs in five aspects: the display of color overlay for the first time, the use of block of stamps in the booklet for the first time, the use of foldout pages from both left and right side for the first time, a fluorescent anti-counterfeiting code for each stamp for the first time and the use of tactile oil varnishing technique for the first time.
This set of stamps will be on sale for a period of six months at the designated outlets of China Post, the online mall of China Philately, the mobile app of China Post and the philatelic shop of micro post office on WeChat. To display the rich contents of the stamps, China Post releases digital information through the WeChat applet called Encyclopedia of China Philately and Stamps, where viewers can learn more about the stamps via its AR function.