The opening ceremony of 2017 Philatelic Week and the premiere of special stamps titled "Phoenix" were held in the city of Tianmen, central China's Hubei Province, from July 29 to August 3.
At the ceremony, Xu Jianzhou, executive vice-president of the All-China Philatelic Federation, said that stamp collecting, as an important part of Chinese culture, has nearly 100 years of history in China, enriching Chinese people's life and playing a key role in building a harmonious society.
Since the establishment of the Philatelic Week with the theme of "Chinese Dream and Philatelic Love" in 2016, the activity has achieved greater influence in and benefits for society and also fulfilled philatelic lovers' dreams that they can have their own philately-related festival .
The special "Phoenix" stamps have an imaginary creature that Chinese people once ranked top of all birds, symbolizing good luck and peace.
The set featured in the stamp set including a jade phoenix of the late Neolithic period, now in the collection of the National Museum of China in Beijing; a ceremonial bird-shaped ware of the Western Zhou Dynasty (c.11th century-771 BC) now housed at Taiyuan-based Shanxi Museum; a Persian-style vase with a phoenix-head covering and a Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) blue-and-white vase, both from the Palace Museum in Beijing; a gold phoenix ware at Xi'an Museum; and a Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) silk piece featuring the patterns of phoenixes and peonies collected by the Tsinghua University Art Museum.
The 2017 National Stamps Exhibition Tour stop in Tianmen was also held during the ceremony.
(Source: China Post)