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Rooster Stamp a Hit
Rooster Stamp a Hit2017-02-08

"Youyang will win fame." "That guy is so lucky".

Such were the comments from netizens after they saw the Chinese Year of the Rooster Stamp on prominent show during the 2017 CCTV Lantern Festival Gala.

The "Chinese Ding You Year" Rooster Stamp popped up soon after the opening of the televised gala on February 11. Han Meilin, creator of the stamp, described the meaning of the design in an interview with host Zhu Jun.

He also painted an on-the-scene picture, and then posed a riddle to the audience.

"Golden cock announces dawn," said an audience member who couldn't wait to shout out early, but was told that was wrong. "It should be a county name," the host hinted.

"Youyang," a young man answered and was awarded the painting just made by Han.

Han Meilin is a Chinese artist most recognized today for his creation of the Fuwa mascot for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. He is also known to have lived through hard times during the Cultural Revolution. He also designed the Five-Dragon Clock Tower sculpture for the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics. In 2015 at the UN Headquarters, he was named a UNESCO Artist for Peace. 

What's more, Han appeared with his rooster painting in trailers for the Beijing TV Lantern Festival special. It is normal that people pay closer attention to stamps with the animal of the year from the Chinese zodiac.

China Post had achieved revenue of 933 million yuan (US$ 136 million) by February 8 at its New Year celebration of Chinese Zodiac stamps.

Youyang Tujia and Miao Autonomous County is located in southeastern Chongqing Municipality, China. It is the largest county in Chongqing, covering 5,173 sq km with a population of 840,000. It is an ethnic enclave for about 16 minority nationalities including the Tujia and Mao groups. It is known as the "cradle of the Tujia people" for its rich Tujia culture.

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