|On behalf of China National Post and Postage Stamp Museum, General-Manager of China Post Li Guohua received space postal bags donated by China's first spaceman Yang Liwei at a ceremony during the China 2016 Asian International Stamp Exhibition at the Nanning International Convention and Exhibition Center in Nanning City, south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.[China Post]|
Hundreds of pupils attended a ceremony on December 2 for face-to-face communication with China's first spaceman Yang Liwei at the China 2016 Asian International Stamp Exhibition at Nanning International Convention and Exhibition Center in Nanning City, south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.
General-Manager of China Post Li Guohua described the "Letters Carrying Dreams" activity and received space postal bags from Yang on behalf of the China National Post and Postage Stamp Museum.
To publicize great achievements in China's aerospace industry, the Children's and Youth Science Center at the China Association for Science and Technology and the Space Post Office are jointly offering a space science education activity themed "Letters Carrying Dreams" from August to December, 2016.
Middle and primary school students wrote to Shenzhou-11 astronauts aboard the manned spacecraft in the form of a letter home on special stationary distributed by the Space Post Office that expressed their personal greetings and dreams. All of the letters were carried to the space lab Tiangong-2 by Shenzhou-11 manned spacecraft.
Astronauts selected some letters to read, which made the youth feel that space was actually not far away and they can realize their "aerospace dreams". More than 90,000 paper letters and 400,000 electronic versions had been collected nationwide and carried to space by November 3.
Astronauts Jing Haipeng and Chen Dong in the space lab Tiangong-2 selected and read seven of the space letters from space.
At the landing ceremony, Jing and Chen opened space postal bags carried back aboard Shenzhou 11 manned spacecraft with three of the pupils whose letters were selected and read in space. They also showed the nameplate of the space office, a commemorative postmark, home letters and commemorative postal folders marking the 5th anniversary of the founding of the Space Post Office.
Yang was invited to go up on stage and interact with pupils, answering their questions on space and encouraging the pupils study hard.
Secretary-General of the China Space Foundation Zhang Yujiang, Deputy Director of the China Association for Science and Technology Liu Huiqiang and Honorary Presidents of the Guangxi Stamp Collecting Association Lin Guoqiang and Jiang Peilan attended the event.