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China's Literal Classics - Dream of the Red Chamber
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Stamp Title: China's Literal Classics - Dream of the Red Chamber
Serial Number: 2016-15
Value in Set: 4+1
Denomination: 11.1 yuan
Date of Issue: 2016-06-18
Designer: Xiao Yutian
Size of Stamp: 40×54mm
Perforation: 13
Sheet Composition: 16 for Layout Ⅰ and 8 for Layout Ⅱ
Printer: Beijing Stamp Printing House
Printing Process: heliographic printing

Dream of the Red Chamber, also called Story of the Stone, is a couplet novel composed by Cao Xueqin.

Based on the four wealthy aristocratic Jia, Shi, Wang and Xue clans and exploring the love tragedy between Jia Baoyu, carefree adolescent male heir of the family, and his sickly cousin Lin Daiyu. It covers the episodic prosper and decline of the two branches of the wealthy, aristocratic Jia clan - the Rongguo and Ningguo houses, who reside in two large, adjacent family compounds in the capital.

The plot concerns a variety of subject areas, such as poetry, ditties, odes, songs, music, chess, calligraphy, painting and other traditional forms of culture. With fine and vivid language, the novel has created many typical characters and is a remarkable artistic achievement.

In accordance, China National Philatelic Corporation will issue a FDC and commemorative postmark respectively.

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