|Stamp Title:||China's Literary Classics - Dream of the Red Chamber (III)|
|Value in Set：||4|
|Date of Issue:||2018-04-22|
|Size of Stamp:||40×54mm|
|Sheet Composition:||16 for Layout Ⅰ and 8 for Layout Ⅱ|
|Printer:||Henan Post Printing Factory|
|Printing Process:||Offset 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, this novel explores the tragic love story between Jia Baoyu, the carefree adolescent male heir of the family, and his sickly cousin Lin Daiyu. It covers the episodic rise and decline of the two branches of the Jia clan - the Rongguo and Ningguo houses, who reside in two large, adjacent family compounds in the capital.
The plot covers 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 memorable characters and is a remarkable artistic achievement.
The third issue of this set of stamps depicts the scenes in chapters 41, 42, 44 and 45 of the novel. The souvenir sheet depicts those in chapter 37.