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Plum Blossoms, Orchids, Bamboo and Chrysanthemum
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Stamp Title: Plum Blossoms, Orchids, Bamboo and Chrysanthemum
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Denomination: 0.0 yuan
Date of Issue: 2012-03-14
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Plum blossom, orchid, bamboo, and chrysanthemum are collectively dubbed "Four Gentlemen" in China, because of their respective lofty, elegant, faithful, and noble characters. Historically, these four plants were frequently described by Chinese men of letters to show the spirits they sought, as well as their perspectives on life. Plum blossom is a deciduous arbor with a purple-brown trunk. The flowers emerge before the leaves, emitting a pleasant fragrance against the winter chill.

Plum blossom is a traditional, native flower of China, and the planting of ornamental plum, which morphed from the species' fruit form in the early Han Dynasty (206B.C.-A.D.220), reached a zenith during the Song (960-1279) and Yuan (1279-1368) periods. Since ancient times, plum blossom has been regarded as a symbol of lofty character. Wang Anshi, one of the Eight Great Prose Masters of the Tang and Song, praised the plant in his poem by writing: "At a wall corner some plum trees grow; alone against cold white blossoms blow."

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