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Zhang Qian
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Stamp Title: Zhang Qian
Serial Number: 2017-24
Piece in Set: 2+1
Denomination: 8.4 yuan
Date of Issue: 2017-09-20
Designer: Gao Yun
Size of Stamp: 38×50 mm
Perforation: 13.5
Sheet Composition: 12 for Layout Ⅰ and 6 for Layout Ⅱ
Printer: Beijing Stamp Printing House
Printing Technology: Heliographic printing

Born in Hanzhang Chenggu (now Chenggu County of northwest China's Shaanxi Province), Zhang Qian (164 B.C. - 114 B.C.), whose courtesy name is Ziwen, was an outstanding diplomat, explorer and traveler.

Zhang was twice sent to the Western regions on diplomatic missions, passing through Da Yuezhi (in Amu Darya), Dawan (in Fergana Basin), Kangju (Between Balkhash and Aral Sea)and Daxia (Balkh) and other places.

Across Central and Western Asia, he opened up a road between China and Western countries, becoming the pioneer of the Silk Road. People in central China then developed close exchanges with Western regions in politics, economy and culture.

Zhang has been praised by the people all over the world for his outstanding contribution.

As one of the heritage sites on the Silk Road, the tomb of Zhang Qian was included on the World Cultural Heritage List in 2014.

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